The Nature of Relaxing: Yoga and Permaculture in Practice

The Nature of Relaxing: Yoga and Permaculture in Practice

Permaculture and Yoga – Finding balance at Crann Og

  I ’m laying on my back with my knees bent, right leg crossed over left, pulling with my right knee to coerce my lower body to twist to the right, towards the ground, while my torso and upper body twists to the left. Ouch. My tender knee is flaring, my back is pinching, my bruised hip is not happy. My mind is frustrated and agitated and I’m judging myself for everything I’m doing wrong, which is, of course, basically everything.

For me, this is the real yoga. This is the moment of truth: What do I do? How do I relate to my body in this moment? When I’m uncomfortable, what choices do I make?

For me I remember my breath. I take a few deep breaths, and I start to soften a little. I ease out of the pose a little bit, until I’m in a position where I can relax and breathe. I’m still in a twist, but my body is no longer protesting. As I breathe here, allowing myself to stop trying so hard, accepting my body’s limitations, and just breathing into the spots of slight tension, something amazing happens: My legs start naturally dropping closer and closer to the floor. My breath deepens, my mind slows, my muscles and fascia unwind; the pose deepens. I feel spacious. I’m there.

How often is it that I’m trying too hard to make something happen? Where in my life might I be able to relax, back off a little, take some deep breaths, and allow things to unfold a little more slowly? Might my mind slow down, might I feel more spacious? And actually, while we’re at it, what IS the difference between forcing and allowing something to happen?

In Permaculture, one of the guiding principles of design is that we follow the design of nature. We design gardens, water and energy systems, buildings, and communities based on the way nature designs things. The inherent understanding here is that every element in an ecosystem has a function that it is perfectly designed to do, and if we put the structures in place to support those functions, we will have a well-functioning system with much less energy input and much less waste…a healthy, thriving ecology. In other words, we design the system to allow things to unfold as they were designed to by nature. We don’t force things to happen. We don’t ask cabbage plants to hurry up and produce us cucumbers. We don’t get mad at squash for growing on the ground, while the runner beans are busy climbing up a trellis. We don’t judge the tomatoes for needing warmer water than the lettuce, or the chickens for bathing in dirt. We just make sure everyone has what they need, to do what they were meant to do.

But for some reason, when it comes to humans, we tend to be our own harshest critics. We seem to think that there are endless achievements required of us, endless tasks to be completed, and impossible standards to live up to. I’m not saying we should give up all efforts to get anything done, but I’m wondering…if we recognized the places where we were trying to force something that feels a bit unnatural or even painful, and instead we slowed down, took a step back, took a few deep breaths, and gave ourselves some space to unwind…might we find that there are better ways of using our energy? Might we find the avenues of effort that are more naturally suited to us, that more naturally bring things to fruition?

Here at Crann Og, we believe that spending time close to nature is a really important–maybe essential–thing to do. That’s why we are here. Maybe you want to come hang out with us a litte? If reading about yoga or gardening makes you go, “gah, I wish I had time to do that…” then I strongly invite you to consider coming out for one of our ReNature Retreats – reconnecting to nature through Yoga and mindfulness practises. Or maybe you could just use a weekend away, unplugged, to remember what you’re good at, what you enjoy doing. Or maybe your whole company or community could use a week away, unplugged, to remember what you’re good at and enjoy doing together.

We’re all designed to do something beautiful and brilliant, to be an important part of the ecosystem. Sometimes a step back, and a few deep breaths, can bring us much further than all the hard work and effort in the world.

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Just what my body & soul needed

Just what my body & soul needed

Most nourishing natural retreat

Relax, Walk, Stretch & Enjoy – our ReNature Yoga Natural Retreat from 6th to 9th of April was a wonderful, relaxing experience. Quite a mixed and international group of people joined us for 4 days to unplug, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life.

This wonderful retreat was lead by Marion Edler-Burke and Flor Burke, owners and creators of Crann Og Eco Farm.

Participants attended from Ireland, UK and Germany…a lovely bunch!

Days were filled with yoga, nature therapy guided walks, mindfulness practices, good food, lots of laughter, singing and plenty of time to relax and do nothing, to just enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding us.  Not to mention lots of gorgeous vegetarian food prepared by Brigid O’Leary, Paul King and Merle Diekmann.

We also had a storytelling night around a warm campfire, were we shared many of our adventures and experiences with nature.

The retreat included tactile activities such as nature arts and crafts with gentle yoga classes, mindfulness walks and meditation and breathing practices to deepen our connection with nature as well as our inner self.

We were treated to a Sound Bath by Fiona McDonagh of Lamh Clinic on Saturday afternoon.

It was such a joy for us to see everyone drop down deep, slow down and relax.  They were all beaming smiles and bonded deeply.

Here’s what they said:

‘Fabulous retreat, really enjoyed the yoga and woodland walks.’

‘It was just what my body and soul needed.’

‘Thank you all so much for the most nourishing retreat for the soul.’

‘It has been a truly wonderful retreat, thank you for the delicious meals.’

During our retreats, each moment, each experience provides the opportunity to reconnect with nature, yourself and the essence of community.

If you would like to get unplugged & back to nature and experience such a restorative and deeply relaxing weekend yourself, we will host the next ReNature Yoga Retreat from 28th September to 1st of October 2017.

You can find out more and book your place here.

For the next retreat we will be offering yurts, a super big bell tent and our private eco cabin for private accommodation, couples and/or close friends to share…totally glamped out, luxury off grid eco accommodation…to really get back to nature!

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Perfect Antidote To Urban Living: ReNature Retreats

Perfect Antidote To Urban Living: ReNature Retreats

ReNature Retreats in the Positive Life Magazine

 

We are proud to be mentioned in the Positive Life Magazine!

ReNature are unplugged, no-technology retreats combining nature therapy, yoga, meditation and outdoor activities to achieve a calm and healthy state of mind and body.

Includes comfortable accommodation, fresh, healthy meals, gentle exercise and stretching, mindfulness practices, friendly animal interactions, hands on creative play, walks in woodlands, lots of clean, fresh air and more!  Transport not included.

Spend three days on a beautiful eco farm, immerse yourself in nature and forget about stressful urban life.

Want to learn more about how to ReNature Yourself?


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Unplug, Refresh & Detox

Unplug, Refresh & Detox

Juice Detox & Yoga Retreats

People who choose to attend a juice cleanse, yoga & mindfulness retreat come from various backgrounds.  Regardless of age, retreatants may be interested in supercharging their body and life by starting down the road to great health and vitality, detoxifying their body, losing weight, coping with a serious health condition(s), addressing loss of vitality and low energy levels, preventing chronic and acute common illnesses and improving self esteem.

Almost all are interested in getting in some deep relaxation and quality personal time away from the hustle and bustle. It’s easier to cope and more much fun to cleanse and fast together, complementing each other with mutual support in a relaxed and respectful ambiance.  People often make new and lasting friends in this process.

The Benefits Are?

  • Assist toxin removal
  • Enhanced hydration
  • Assist reduction of chronic conditions
  • Enhance immune system function
  • Lose weight. Weight loss is a by-product of any cleansing or fasting regime, but is not our primary motivation in our retreats, though we accept for some retreatants this is a major aim.
  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase energy
  • Improve skin quality
  • Mental and emotional clarity
  • Restore balance to our physiology

The Program

  • 3 day Juice Cleanse with mixes of delicious fruit & vegetables, & Superfood Green Alkalising smoothies by Living Foods Ireland.
  • Daily gentle Yoga and Meditation to enhance cleansing of body, mind & spirit.
  • Qi Gong to compliment Yoga and enhance awareness of the body’s natural energy flow.
  • Mindfulness Walks in native Irish woodlands to experience deeper connection with Self & Nature.
  • Additional optional techniques to compliment your cleanse/detox process…oil pulling, salt water gut flush, neti pot nasal flush.
  • Creative tactile nature art/craft with clay & willow.
  • Unconditional love from our furry animal therapists…horses, sheep, dogs & cats.
  • Gorgeous extras like Therapeutic Massage & Guided Animal Imagery.

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