SHAKTI SUMMER FESTIVAL

AUG 20TH, 2016 | A pop-up yoga celebration at Cluculz Lake!

intentional | empowering | ceremony


a sacred celebration of life, love, kula (community) and our collective liberation

 

I N T E N T I O N

SHAKTI शक्ति (n). Power, empowerment.
The cosmic creative force that flows through all beings.

An intentional gathering on the lands of Cluculz Lake, this is an experimental mini pop-up festival to empower your mind, nourish your heart, challenge your body and connect your tribe. This is a spontaneous, serendipitous celebration birthed from a beautiful experience on a beautiful land, a curious idea that instantly manifested into form.

Sufey Yoga Teacher Training

S C H E D U L E

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 from 10 am — 7 pm.

10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Morning Sadhana
 
12:00 pm — 12:50 pm
Laughter Yoga with Carolyn Manhas
Mandala Painting with Natasha Louise
 
1:00 pm — 1:50 pm
FITcamp for Yogis! with EmJay
Connecting to Feminine Energies with Darrien Minnie
 
2:00 pm — 2:50 pm
A Sunny Free Flow for your Hips and Nips with Chris Banyay Ground Your Roots with Leanna Wong
 
3:00 pm — 3:50 pm
Partner Yoga with Laura Bee
Stretching with Scrunchies with Rachelle Diachuk
 
4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Rebirthing Pranayama + Intention Circle

6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Kirtan & Closing Ceremonies

Sadhana — a daily spiritual practice (in our case, consisting of yoga, movement, music, connection)
Satsang — from the words sat (truth) and sangha (community), a gathering of shared wisdom with the tribe
Pranayama — a form of yogic breathing, we will work specifically with the rebirthing/ circular breathwork for healing
Kirtan — chanting and singing in celebration of Love

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LAUGHTER YOGA
with Carolyn Manhas
 
Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh? And for no reason at all! This workshop is a form of yoga employing self-triggered laughter. Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine, which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama) and child-like playfulness. It elicits laughter without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. It is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. This workshop is accessible and beneficial to all! Come for the joy of laughter and the bliss of yoga!
 
MANDALA PAINTING
with Natasha Louise
 
Create your own personal mandala as a symbol to live with and to begin a process of artistic development. Whatever your skill level, you will learn simple design, layout and acrylic painting techniques while you complete your own mandala reflective of your inner world
 
FITCAMP FOR YOGIS
with Michelle Jackson (EmJay)
 
Starting off with a cardio blast, your “feel-good” endorphins will start flowing as we move into a bodyweight routine that focuses on all the major muscles required to help you complete those yoga holds. Finishing off with a intense, interval core circuit and a relaxing cool down, this session is your full body workout!
 
CONNECTING TO FEMININE ENERGIES
with Darrien Minnie
 
Connect with your inner feminine energies with this relaxing gentle yin style yoga with meditations and visualizations.
 
A SUNNY FREE FLOW FOR YOUR HIPS AND YOUR NIPS
with Chris Banyay
 
This sunny free flow combines breath with flowing and static movement, setting the intention to reconnect mind, emotion and the body. By releasing the hips and awakening the compassionate energy of our hearts we can live a more expansive and loving life.
 
GROUND YOUR ROOTS
with Leanna Wong
 
Reconnect with your body, mind, and mother earth in a Yin practice inspired by the root chakra; Muladhara. Enter the world of Yin; a meditative, slow paced, and accepting practice. Yin Yoga focuses on deep connective tissues as each pose is held for time and intent. Through stretch and stillness of the mind, nourish your root chakra as you melt into the earth below. Let go and surrender to a place of safety, foundation, and support.
 
PARTNER YOGA
with Laura Bee
 
Have you ever wanted to fly? Feel deeper connection to others? Laugh uncontrollably? Experience the sensation of flying all while exploring partner yoga poses with a supportive community of practitioners.
 
Partner yoga has a multitude of benefits. You can improve your strength, balance and flexibility, all while exploring your physical and mental edges through laughter, play, and letting go.
 
In this session, you will learn:
 
· how to feel safe, let go, and feel supported by your partners.
· how to give through the benefits of therapeutics, and to receive from your partner.
· how to communicate on a completely elevated level using nonverbal cues.
 
Watch as the lessons in partner yoga begins to translate into other areas of your life- physically, mentally and spiritually.
 
STRETCHING WITH SCRUNCHIES
with Rachelle Diachuk
 
Stretches with scrunchies is a class dedicated to having an awesome time letting loose and not taking things too seriously. We will move through a number of poses and 80’s style dance moves and connect with our inner child. Let’s play, get wild, stretch, and have fun!

R E G I S T R A T I O N

Only 30 tickets are available.

  • $108 per yogi for a full day pass
  • $88 for current participants in the Summer Yoga Series
  • $45 for past graduates of the Sufey Yoga TT tribe
  • several work-trade positions available

Pre-registration is required, with registration closing on August 18th or when sold-out.

To register, please e-mail your name and contact information and e-transfer your investment to smile@sufey.org. Location details + a welcome e-mail will be sent upon the confirmation of your application.

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G U I D E S

Guided by Sufey Chen, morning sadhana will also feature her current 200-hour yoga teacher trainees in their unique wisdom and grace: Jessica Repstock, Leanna Wong, Lauren Featherstone, April Ottesen, Tanja White, Polly West, Adam Ross, Kim Kokesch, Anne Redpath, Claire Samycia and Lori McKay.

CAROLYN MANHAS

Carolyn has spent the last 20 years of her life on the yogic path. She has also been instructing various styles of Yoga since 2005, and leading Laughter Yoga journeys since 2008. She believes yoga and laughter are 2 of the most healing ways to guide us back to our natural state of “being”. Take a class with Carolyn and you’ll lose track of time and find yourself in the experience. She dares to both challenge and uplift you, bringing you home to yourself. Carolyn currently teaches out of Chinook Yoga offering warm and hot vinyasa and hatha style classes. She also guides seniors through chair yoga, and teaches yoga for offices workers at various locations around Prince George. For more info, check out her Facebook page “Inner Creations Yoga”.

NATASHA LOUISE

ART brings the unseen world within us to the visible world around us. It is expression in its purest form. ART is a place that feels like home, a place where I experience moments of startling clarity. ART is my voice, my freedom, my journey. I was born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia and have always been surrounded and inspired by nature. My work predominantly focuses on the blending of wildlife, landscapes and the abstract. The manipulation of form and the incorporation of bold colours take my pieces away from the everyday and into the domain of the vacuous unconscious imagination. Ultimately, my work is about exuberance and the joy that comes from creating, sharing and celebrating ART.

EMJAY

Fitness enthusiast and mom of two, EmJay is a trainer that believes that exercise will not just change your body, but your mind as well. Using beautiful Mother Nature as her studio, EmJay will make you sweat while giving you a soul-expanding workout in her outdoor bootcamps.

DARRIEN MINNIE

Darrien’s yoga journey began when she was a teenager, and her practice deepened in her early twenties. After a big year of personal struggle and growth she travelled to Vancouver to reconnect with herself. She called this her “Self Care Dare” (#selfcaredare) and set an intention to focus intensely on that day and cultivate the things she desired most in her life: forgiveness, being enough, love, self care, confidence and bravery. When she returned home feeling recharged, she signed up for the September Yoga Series with Sufey. It was 16 blissful hours of yoga, and that was when her practice really took off. In the September series, she found she was in a place where the only thing that truly mattered was her own practice. One day, she was taken away on a beautiful guided mediation by a friend that took her away from the city and into a world of calmness and clarity. So she signed up for the 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training with Sufey Chen. This experience has sent her on a deep personal journey looking inward and seeing the world with new eyes. The greatest experience she has learned over the past year was that without the difficulties of life and being covered in mud, we cannot grow and rise above and blossom and grow into our own self. Her favourite quote is “No Mud, No Lotus” as she lives every day with that understanding.

CHRIS BANYAY

Chris draws his inspiration from a vagabond spirit, personal experiences, years of traveling and the philosophy of loving a dog. His down to earth nature has been cultivated with self reflection and the teachings of Krishnamurti, Watts and Rilke, a presence which he brings to his class with an open heart and an honest desire to grow.

LEANNA WONG

Playful, happy, and free spirited, Leanna was blessed to have found Yoga at a young age. Often seen as a quiet girl, Leanna’s true self is not revealed until she steps onto the mat. The practice brings out her sunshine despite the cloudy days outside. She can’t help but smile as her inner child comes out to play! As a young child, Leanna shied away from physical sports; but these days, she’s all about a fluid flow and ecstatic dance. Leanna loves the movement and playfulness of a Vinyasa, but also appreciates the stillness from a slow-paced Yin practice. Her daily practice is constantly evolving as; she listens to her body and moves in any way her body craves. Her favorite styles of Yoga include Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Acro, and Laughter. Leanna is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). She has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with the nomadic Sufey Chen. The student within Leanna has a passion for learning. Her formal education includes a background in business administration and science. She hopes to study nutrition and dietetics in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys soaking up all the world has to offer, strolling in parks, holding space, and finding beauty in every day.

LAURA BASS

Laura first stepped on the mat 12 years ago and fell in love with the peace, compassion, and acceptance of self that came with the practice of yoga. As a former figure skater, Laura enjoys the flow and movement that yoga offers, exploring balance, strength and breath through each pose. Along with the spiritual and mental balance that yoga brings to her life, Laura enjoys the light of yoga through playfulness and exploring new and challenging poses. Her goal is to help students explore compassion for self, find meditation between breath and movement, and to leave class feeling balanced physically, spiritually, and mentally… oh, and with a big smile. Laura has developed a passion for partner yoga and acrobatics, travelling to festivals to learn from and practice with teachers from all over the globe. She values the connection and trust to others that it builds, and how much laughter and joy it can create. She believes you are never too old to play, and we can all spread a little more light and love through conscious and meaningful connection.

RACHELLE DIACHUK

Rachelle Diachuk spends her days playing in nature, hanging out with her dog, running, pretending, dreaming, and laughing. Growing up strong and independent she travelled solo to many beautiful and rich cultured countries. During her stay in Peru, Rachelle did some intense soul searching and found that living a yogic life is her true path. Astonished by how much the physical and spiritual practice improved her entire being, she decided to spread the love to whomever would listen. Rachelle received her 200 hour certification from Sufey Chen in Prince George. Her classes range from high energy vinyasa flow with aspects of kundalini, hatha, yoga for athletes, and relaxing beginner.

A B O U T   S U F E Y

A lover, mystic, poetess and wild woman, Sufey holds space for intense inner transformation.

Guiding 200-hour and 500-hour Sufey Yoga teacher trainings and soul retreats in Thailand, Bali, Canada, Hawaii, Florida, Costa Rica, Mexico and China, her intuitive teachings touch, move, inspire and heal thousands of students across the world. Nicknamed “Baby Buddha” by her beloved students, Sufey offers a sweet elixir of ancient teachings, childlike play, human connection, intimate inquiries and Unconditional Love.

Celebrated for her unshakable faith, joy, and deep compassion, Sufey is inspired and informed by musical medicine, shamanic rituals, tantra, mantra, energy healing, psychotherapy, subtle bodies, intuitive dance, creative expression and a fierce movement practice. With four years of university studies in Health Sciences and Theatre Arts paired with a decade of devoted self and spiritual exploration with master teachers around the world, she now leads uniquely integrated and transformational teacher trainings in Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, AcroYoga, Breathwork, Pranayama, Meditation, Prenatal and Kids Yoga.

Sufey’s greatest gift is an ever-expansive heart, alongside a deep willingness to learn, connect, laugh and play.
With deep reverence for her teachers and students, she welcomes questions, conversations and connection.

Come to love, express, and deeply feel.
Come to dance. Come to shake.
Come to touch. Come to heal.

ALL are welcome here.

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