Serve, love, give. Volunteer to sustain, build on and expand our Yoga for Peace project in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. Teach weekly refugee women’s classes, bring yoga to kids in schools and settlements, and assist our Lebanese partner organisation Salam LADC with other humanitarian outreach. We are looking for yoga teachers prepared to commit for at least two months between June and August 2020, and for November and December 2020. Training in the Satyananda Yoga-Bihar Yoga tradition or another system of trauma sensitive yoga especially valued. Inexpensive accommodation and food, as well as logistics support is offered by our Lebanese partner organisation, Salam LADC. For further details contact Tools for Inner Peace. “Service is a natural expression of love. It expands the heart and widens the vision. Life is not fully lived if you do not serve and love all humanity. Think how best you can utilise your energy, intellect, education, wealth and strength for the betterment of others.” – Swami Sivananda Saraswati
This retreat is a chance to relax, recharge and connect to nature. It is an opportunity to come together with likeminded people who care for the planet that sustains us. The basis for caring for others and for the world is self-care; we will be following a simple, restorative yogic lifestyle in the peaceful surroundings of Grempoli Retreat in the Tuscan hills. Our schedule will include morning yoga classes, yoga nidra, walking meditation, havan and kirtan, along with karma yoga. During the karma yoga time, we will be participating in the work of Grempoli’s organic farm and kitchen. We will also be learning a simple permaculture practice for growing trees by making seed balls from clay, compost and seeds. These can be thrown in nature wherever seeds will grow. Since the seeds come with their own protective and nurturing shell, at least one of the seeds in a seed ball is likely to take root. This is an effortless way of reforesting areas where tree cover has been lost. We will have some seeds available
“Peace begins with a smile” In an unprecedented and intensifying flood, 60 million people around the world have become refugees, often escaping war in places like Afghanistan Sudan, Syrian and now Myanmar. Of these as many as 50% suffer from trauma and mental health problems. To respond to this need, Tools for Inner Peace has focused on offering free refugee yoga classes. Our first classes for refugees were launched in London in 2016; from the beginning of 2017 we decided to take this work to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Yoga is a simple, cheap and effective means of trauma recovery. It soothes the nervous system; relaxes the body and mind; and brings peace and inner clarity. Those we work with – whether in London or in Lebanon – are finding solace in yoga. Their open smiles at the end of each class testify to the benefits. Here is how a refugee from Afghanistan described her experience of this summer’s Restorative Retreat for refugee women: To expand this work and make yoga accessible to refugees everywhere,
Teaching Yoga for Stress and Trauma This is a two-day workshop for yoga teachers, psychotherapists or others interested in working with stress and trauma. The workshop will focus on teaching the restorative yoga practices through which healing naturally unfolds. Learn about how yoga helps recovery from trauma and eases stress, insomnia, depression and anxiety.... read more.