Slovenia 2nd July to 8th July 2018. Booking is now open for 2018 (4/15 spaces left, November 14/11)
This is a test event. Total cost (flights not included), 7 days, 6 nights 650.00 Stirling. A deposit of 100.00 is required to confirm your place. Details below.
What a great weekend, it was lovely to be surrounded by like minded folk. Nick Constantine and Mark Russell's organisation of the weekend was superb. They were both well aware of the individual needs and were able to offer their expert advice to help people on their chi running journey
These retreats are becomingly increasingly popular so if you missed this one sign up to the soulinmotion newsletter to make sure you do not miss the next one. https://madmimi.com/signups/46476/join
"To create the conditions to allow energy to flow"
A running mind and yoga mind are no different. Alignment, relaxation, focus, breath and core strength allow you to move to your edges of purposeful practice. You should be aiming to move in stillness and complete awareness in both disciplines. This is at the heart of the weekend; developing a practice orientated approach to your running with an application of particular yoga asanas’ to develop and discipline your mind and body. You will receive individual attention with your yoga and running; filming of both practices and individual feedback to take away with you. There will be time for group discussions and video review of your form together with time for individual practice and reflection.
Project Gallery, Previous retreat groups and 2018 Hostel rooms plus surrounding countryside...
Click to view the full size image.
All retreats have the following main themes
- Leave with a greater understanding of the fundamental yoga asana's that will support and strengthen your running.
- Have a greater understanding that balance, flow, alignment, breath and control in your running are at the heart of developing a lifelong practice whilst also fulfilling your performance goals.
- Have an in depth analysis of your running form via movie analysis during the weekend and then receiving an edit movie including slo-mo and voiceover after the weekend.
- Practice the chi running form with specific foci over an extended period of timeOptional practice for either extended running or Yoga practice.
- The quote below captures much of what we are trying to achieve and share with you at the end of any retreat.
'The hall mark of practice is wholeness, wholeheartedness, not being in conflict.......it is not about pushing through the pain or overcoming pain, no pain no gain. If you are having to be brave and courageous in order to stoically withstand excessive intensity you are pushing too hard, you are fighting. Never fight yourself. Intensify when appropriate. Practice skilfully. The optimum degree of intensity is the amount that elicits your fullest attention.’(Schifmann) if you leave with a greater understanding of that quote then I think we will have achieved something.
A Chi Running retreat is NOT a boot camp. It is believed that creating a fluent, focused movement allows you to achieve the maximum in your running. It is not about running into pain, or beyond a 'productive discomfort' level. Control is at the heart of the weekend as well as working on your yoga and running.
Overview of Slovenia 2018
Chi Running and Yoga retreat, Slovenia 2018 July 2nd (arrival 3pm) to 8th July(departure 10am),
situated here http://pac.si/en/bohinj_house_savica/offer HOSTEL POD VOGLOM SAVICA BY LAKE BOHINJ, double beds and plenty of space for 15 folk.
‘Developing a complimentary lifelong yoga and running practice’
"Hi I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you. Using the techniques has made a massive difference to my running, not just reduced pain levels but has renewed my enthusiasm............. I will be looking out for further courses and I'm spreading the word. Perhaps all hope of racing again is not lost....."
‘What a great weekend, it was lovely to be surrounded by likeminded folk. Nick Constantine and Mark Russell's organisation of the weekend was superb. They were both aware of the individual needs and were able to offer their expert advice to help people on their chi running journey’
"I feel I have come such a long way since my first session with you early last year. I was trying out new things to give meaning to my life as my work was reducing. I had joined the running club and was starting to make friends, but without the good teaching I've had from you both I've no doubt that running would be one of those things that I beat myself up on over not getting out there. I know from last experience it's so easy to let it all slide.
‘I loved how the yoga complemented the running and how both teachers are focused on helping everyone get the most they can from their practice. They were never dogmatic…’
‘'I was a battered and frustrated plantar fasciitis sufferer, and unknowingly also a strange backward leaning runner I learned from the video……but things have gotten better.., I felt so much better on the uphills in particular almost instantly.....both my distances and times are improving, in fact I just last week set a new 10k PB of 45:18, which I'm super pleased with as it smashed my previous 46:59 which was (count 'em) 9 years ago, and before having two kids (now 2 and 4 years old) and mangling my hip joints with SPD! I'm up to 10.5miles distance now... going to go for the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Oct... we'll see.'
For those of you who know of the Scottish retreats you know the power of a running and yoga practice. http://www.soulinmotion.co.uk/index.php/chi-running-retreats
With an increasing audience and participants to all of our yoga and chi running workshops and retreats, we felt it was time to expand our offer and travel to Europe. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice (if you have attended a chi run/yoga day) or be introduced to the idea of Chi Running and Yoga. Mark Russell has been a qualified yoga teacher for many years and has an established practice in Glasgow. He has worked with runners and athletes of all abilities and is triathlete and ironman. His practice has been informed by personally working with the likes of Gary Carter (https://www.naturalbodies.co.uk , AG Mohan https://www.svastha.net/ ), Leslie Kaminoff (https://principles.yogaanatomy.net/ His knowledge and detail of how yoga can be practised is extensive. Nick Constantine has been involved in Sports coaching and Chi Running also for many years. He qualified as a Chi Running 9 years ago and has coached runners of all levels from Olympic level to new runners, of all ages and experience in between (www.soulinmotion.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/soulsinmotion/ ). Nick is also completing his studies with Mark to become a yoga teacher for runners, after starting a yoga practice almost 2o years! Nick has a post graduate qualification in Sports coaching and comes from a strong background in holistic coaching principles. He is also an adult educator with the Open University and comes from a background in designing the best learning experiences for adults from a world class learning organisation.
The week will be personalised, where we will take into account your needs and individualised to focus on the things that you need to practice.
The retreat is situated at the Hostel Pod Voglom, Slovenia, one hour from Ljubljana, the hostel and surrounding area are lovely with the opportunity to explore and swim in the local lake. The trails and running around the area are extensive and varied. The yoga space is situated in the house. The food will be vegetarian/vegan and will be prepared at the Villa bv the resident chef. The house we are hiring for the week is just for OUR group no-one else, a high standard of accommodation throughout the house.
The week will have a balance between running, yoga, walking and swimming in the local area and rest. Distances will vary between 3miles and 10 miles, but the group will be divided into two to ensure maximum support and differentiation for the running element. The finalised programme will be emailed to all a few months before the retreat. Mileage will NOT be extensive but enough for you to feel the benefits of a practice over the week. As some of you know, we are very flexible and the issue of participation in all of the activities is not necessary so feel you CAN drop in and drop out of sessions. This will never be a problem at all.
We think this is a wonderful development and a great opportunity for runners of all abilities. Ideal for those who want some ‘me’ time, some time to rethink about their movement practice, perhaps those who have stuck in a rut of running and injury, those who are inquisitive or those of you who were extremely competitive but are re-thinking their running journey?
Nick and Mark
I loved how the yoga complemented the running and how both teachers are focused on helping everyone get the most they can from their practice. They were never dogmatic
Please contact me for more information.