Unravel Your Own Myth – Yoga and Creative Writing Retreat
This is a retreat of ceremony, story and celebration. It’s a chance to witness yourself and to acknowledge the similarities and differences between all of our stories. It’s an opportunity to work with your body and to find ways to release the myths that have been doing their best to protect you. It’s a chance to set your stories free, unravel and recreate your own myth, and begin a new journey.
Alison and Ash evolved The Body Creative to explore the relationship between the body and the page. As practising yoga teachers and writers, they have come to a deep experiential understanding of the connections between breath and written word, between muscle and memory, between movement and emotional energy. In their workshops and retreats they create a safe and solid space for you to delve into your own stories, bring them to light through your writing and transform them into a new truth with which you can walk in beauty and strength.
Practitioners: Ash BondAlison Powell
A yogi with the soul of a poet, Ash believes that yoga is the steady fire that fuels the body and inspires the mind. In yoga Ash has found a tool for liberation, a means to heal and to awaken our deeper authentic selves.
After spending a number of years as a secondary school teacher, Ash turned to yoga as a full time path, one that she has now been following for more than a decade. She has taught and travelled internationally, including five years teaching in Malaysia, China and Thailand and on the Freedom through Movement project in Palestine.
Believing fully that presence is nurtured beyond the mat, Ash embraces influences from many movement patterns in her yoga teaching: rock climbing, running and freediving are woven into dynamic vinyasa, steady bodywork and peaceful breath-centric restorative practices. Inspiration for her classes is rooted in the Earth’s elements and in the bodies and stories of the students that she welcomes.
Alison has been writing stories since she can remember. As a child she would make books by hand, a creative process that she still loves today. Recently, her stories have appeared in Mslexia magazine, the Guardian newspaper and various flash fiction anthologies. Her debut novel won runner-up prize in the 2015 Bridport Prize for First Novels and was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit Award. She worked closely with performer Ann Randolph on the Write You Life module at the Esalen Institute in California and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in 2015. She has since established the popular WriteClub in Bristol, a place of inspiration and encouragement for creative writers. Through her work with the national organisation Poetry By Heart Alison has run workshops on poetry and creativity at numerous universities and other venues throughout the UK. She always takes great delight in hearing fresh new words.
Her yoga practice goes back to her youth and she is trained in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. She regularly assists on yoga teacher training courses in the UK and in India, and runs Yoga Nidra and Asana classes in and around Bristol. She is fascinated with dreams, shamanic trance work and poetry. As a Master Practitioner of NLP, Alison offers clarity and direction in her communication, an ability to listen closely and to help others on their own journeys.
6pm Arrival and settling in
8:30pm What is your story? – sharing circle.
9:30pm Yoga nidra – setting us up for a deep sleep, inviting our myths to unfurl
7.30am Silent meditation
9:30am The journey – exploring the myths of our body and inviting these to the page.
2-5pm The hero of your own story – a flowing exploration
5:30pm The grail nidra – sowing seeds for what you really want
8:30pm Story circle – an opportunity to share, to laugh, and to set free the stories you no longer need.
7:30am Dream writing – bring a dream fresh from sleep to the page.
10am Forging new myths: manifestation from movement to manuscript
2.30pm Closing circle
Accommodation & Rates
Triple Luxe dorm (per person) £350
Twin Share (per person) £415
Twin Share ensuite (per person) £475
Two sharing £530 (per person)
Master Suite ensuite
Two sharing £685 (per person)