June 6th – 10th, 2018
Food for the Soul
with Kathryn McCusker and Catherine Page
It can be a challenge to stay centered, calm and balanced in the times we live in. When our minds are busy and overstimulated by technology and an accelerated lifestyle, we can lose connection with our intuition and our soul’s purpose. Kundalini Yoga is a transformational practice that can help us find the balance between head and heart, while supporting us in navigating our way through the challenges of a stressful life.
Join Kathryn and Catherine at the inspiring La Balie, France on a nourishing and nurturing four-day journey as we explore techniques to calm the mind and open the heart as a way to create peace and purpose.
This is an intimate retreat and space is limited to 14 people, so reserve your space early to avoid disappointment. Open to all levels of experience, including complete beginners.
Book before February 27th for a 10% early bird reduction!
Kathryn McCusker discovered Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Mexico in 2000 and has been teaching worldwide ever since. After living in London for eleven years, where she taught private clients including Bjork and Rachel McAdams and classes at Triyoga and Alchemy, she returned to Sydney in 2011 to open KMYOGA, Sydney’s first dedicated Kundalini Yoga Studio, which she ran for three years. She has now returned to London where she is again teaching private clients and group classes, as well as leading retreats worldwide.
A professional opera singer for over twenty years, Kathryn’s background in music and voice gives her a deep connection to the transformative power of mantra and pranayama. She infuses this knowledge into her classes, along with deeply relaxing Gong Meditations. She has a keen interest in teaching Kundalini Yoga to creatives and has seen how it has supported and transformed their creative life.
Kathryn is a Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) certified Level One and Level Two teacher, having trained with SKY and Amrit Nam Sarovar. She is also a certified Conscious Pregnancy and Radiant Child Yoga teacher.
Kathryn is passionate about sharing these inspiring and uplifting teachings with as many people as possible. Watkins commissioned and published Kathryn’s first book, Kundalini Meditation – The path to personal transformation and creativity, which was released in the US in November 2012 and in the UK and Australia in March 2013. It has now been translated into Dutch, Italian and French and is available to buy in English, along with her mantra meditation CD’s.
“Working with Kathryn one to one over the last couple of years has been an amazing experience. She is both an inspiring and challenging teacher and this has enabled me to create changes in my body and mind that I never dreamed possible before. With her help I have been able to shift both emotional and physical patterns that were blocking me and achieve a far greater sense of self.” Claire, London
Catherine Page is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and psychotherapist, with an interest in the powerful link between body and mind and specifically how emotions such as anxiety and depression manifest in the physical body.
Catherine began her career as a Personal Assistant to high profile individuals. After a varied and colourful career working abroad and in the UK, Catherine returned to University and gained a Master’s Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and currently runs a private practice in Central London. Catherine began training as a Kundalini yoga teacher as a means to bring mind and body together. She teaches one-to-one private tuition, group classes and for the Leadership Programme of a major UK charity.
Catherine completed her training as a Kundalini yoga teacher in London, France, Russia and India. She is passionate about sharing the teachings of Kundalini yoga as a physical and spiritual practice and as a means to changing the way you feel
“Catherine’s classes are some of the best I have ever been to. Challenging, calming and restorative – they stretch your mind as well as your body, always enabling me to feel at my best, with me leaving a class knowing that I will subsequently be and perform at my best. An essential class for happiness, health, wellbeing, resilience, strength and confidence. “ Claudia, London
Our retreat begins on the evening of June 6th and will end after breakfast on the morning of June 10th.
Your day will begin with an energising morning yoga class followed by a delicious breakfast served on the terrace. There will be plenty of time either side of lunch to relax, swim in the beautiful salt-water pool, read, enjoy the gardens of La Balie or explore the local villages. Our early evening class will include a meditation and a relaxing gong bath, followed by a nourishing vegetarian dinner.
Each class will include movement, mantra, meditation, dance and transformative breath work to calm the body and mind and elevate the spirit.
Daily yoga practice will take place either in our beautiful studio with stunning views over rolling countryside or outside in the meadow where practice will end with the sound of the ancient church bells rolling gently through the valley, as they have for hundreds of years.
“I regularly practised Kundalini Yoga with Kathryn and she played an important part in my own personal development. I am now a Kundalini teacher myself and understand what an amazing teacher she really is in her ability to inspire and uplift students. She is truly an authentic teacher of the highest calibre. If I just need to practise Kundalini yoga in a group then Kathryn’s is the class I head for.” Simon, London
La Balie is a collection of beautiful 16th Century farm buildings three of which have been converted into light and airy cottages containing a total of eight charming bedrooms each with their own luxury bathroom. Each of the cottages has its own sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV and WiFi.
Click here for more photos and information on each cottage
“... whenever possible I tried to attend classes with Catherine. Her voice, the way she teaches and her reassurance that one can do things even if one feels they cannot was wonderful. I felt that time with her was like a trip to a place where one could recharge, find peace and contribute to peace in this hectic world.” Hugo, London
With over 6 years experience as a head chef in the Superyacht industry, Laura has worked in the Seychelles, Middle East, Caribbean and Mediterranean gaining valuable knowledge of each different country and their respective cuisines. As our chef for the retreat Laura will combine her love of working with seasonal fresh ingredients with producing imaginative, healthy and nourishing meals.
After a dynamic morning yoga session and a delicious lunch, there will be plenty of time to relax by the pool, swim, read or meditate before your late afternoon class.
Included in your retreat is a morning visit to the bustling market of Villereal where we’ll stay for an alfresco lunch.
Travelling to La Balie
La Balie is in the Lot-et-Garonne, 50km south east of Bergerac. There are several ways to travel to La Balie – by air, train or car. For this retreat we suggest you fly into Bergerac airport as we’ll be providing a free transfer from the airport to La Balie for our recommended flight.
The recommended flights for this retreat are:
June 6th | Ryan Air FR8592 | departs London Stanstead 12.15 | arrives Bergerac 15.00
June 10th | Ryan Air FR8593 | departs Bergerac 15.25 | arrives London Stanstead 16.10
The following airlines fly into Bergerac: British Airways, Flybe, Jet 2 and Ryan Air.
For those of you who prefer to take the train, there is a TGV direct from Paris to Agen which takes 3.5 hours and from where we can arrange a taxi to collect you at an additional cost, or you can connect onto a local train to Monsempron-Libos, where taxis are available.
Hiring a car
La Balie is set within 10 acres of garden, meadow and woodland and is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside. The peaceful, rural setting means there are no villages within walking distance – if you would like to explore the local towns and villages we recommend you hire a car at Bergerac airport. Most of the major car hire companies are represented at the airport and a good comparison/booking site can be found at www.rentalcars.com
Prices and Deposits
Single accommodation £1100 (private room en-suite bathroom)
Shared accommodation £750 (twin room en-suite bathroom)
Earlybird reduction : There is a reduction of 10% in course fees if you book before 27th February, 2018.
- Two classes each day (morning and afternoon) with Kathryn and Catherine
- Trip to a local market including lunch (at an additional cost)
- Time to relax, walk in nature, swim in the pool, read, journal, meditate
- Four night’s accommodation at La Balie
- Three nourishing and nutritious meals per day
- Shared taxis from Bergerac Airport to La Balie
- One lunch at a restaurant when we visit the local village market
A non-refundable deposit of £375 for a shared room and £550 for a private room is required to reserve your place on the retreat. The balance will be due on or before 27th April, 2018
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend our retreat. We’ll refund you the the full amount you’ve paid minus your deposit of £375/550 if you cancel 6 weeks before the start of the retreat. If you cancel within 6 weeks of the retreat, we won’t be able to refund you unless we are able to resell your place. If we are able to fill your place we’ll refund your payment minus your deposit.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance, including cancellation insurance, when you book the retreat.
How to Book
To book your place on the retreat, please contact Kathyrn or Catherine on the details below
For more information:
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