*Limited places still available for April and May 2020: Scroll down to the bottom of the page for date and price details*
It's common for the countryside to be seen as somewhere to retreat to and the city as somewhere to retreat from. There's no doubting the fact that it feels amazing to leave behind the hustle 'n' bustle and immerse yourself in quieter, more natural surroundings.
However, what if it's not feasible for you to do that on a regular basis (or ever, depending on your life circumstances)?
What if you love the spiritual high you get from rural retreats but end up experiencing crushing lows or struggle to stick with meditative practices when you return home, due to the stark contrast between retreat-life and day-to-day life?
Chakrafit in the City courses offer a way to bridge that gap, providing city-based, city-inspired and city-friendly ways to stay connected throughout the year and to weave spiritual practice into your daily existence, wherever you happen to be. Join me in finding the magic amidst the mundane, the calm amidst the chaos, the extraordinary amidst the seemingly ordinary settings of mainstream life.
I've been lucky enough to experience extended periods of spiritual connection (both in my personal and professional practice) in a variety of settings: From the sacred valley, mountains and cities in Peru to the Costa Rican jungles and beaches. From cities, beaches and mountains (even had my own cave for a while!) in the Canary Islands to the Scottish wilderness and my home in the city of Glasgow. I can honestly say that the magical experiences of healing, love, bliss, balance and downright belly-shaking laughter have certainly been no less (in fact, if pushed I'd even say there have possibly been more) in the city.
Spirit is everywhere. Fire, Water, Air and Earth are everywhere. Love is everywhere. It doesn't make sense that those things would only be accessible in less built up, less populated, places of natural beauty. Like everything, it's all a matter of perspective. Anywhere can be a heaven or a hell depending on what kind of dream you're dreaming. Cities often get a bad rap but there is a lot of untapped ecstatic life-force energy coursing through the spiritual veins of every city, just waiting to be accessed and, in these times more than ever, our cities need us to love them (and ourselves within them) if we want them to love us back. From a shamanic perspective, everything is connected and part of a beautiful, varied web of life so it's time to adapt and find ways to heal, love and accept all parts of ourselves and all parts of our environment. As I said to a friend, when describing Chakrafit in the City, "Concrete is made of love too!"
This is a 2 Day chakra-based course, including shamanic healing ceremonies, guided journeys/meditations and creative spiritual tools for feeling 'Chakrafit in the City'. We'll also be aligning ourselves with the flow of Spring and planting positive inner seeds to keep building the 'track of love' momentum into summer and beyond. As well as heart-felt personal healing and practice, we'll be contributing to raising the vibration of this city and all cities, infusing some much-needed love into often spiritually neglected urban issues and spaces.
Day 1 will be a mixture of healing (individual and group), integration and practice. Day 2 will be mostly practice. As always, the exact content and order of events will unfold at the time, adapting to the specific group energy but, to give you a flavour in advance, we'll be enjoying shamanic healing and journeys, a brand new city-inspired chakra meditation, a 'muggle-friendly' ceremony in the park, heart-spotting in the city, working with crystals and pendulums etc. I'll be sharing some other cool, creative practices to support you in harnessing the power of love to manifest your goals and dreams, for the benefit of all. Also, stealth spiritual 'hacks' to make it easy to meditate anywhere in public, without feeling weird/pretentious/judged/fill in the blank! As a closing ceremony we'll be 'bathing' in the blissful sound of Spring, from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons', with a live classical flute meditation.
For now, the Chakrafit in the City courses are limited to just 6 people each time, in order to ensure maximum comfort and individual attention. There will be at least one course each season but additional courses can sometimes be added in on request if people are particularly keen (hence there are already two options for Spring).
The course does not include food or accommodation to allow for maximum flexibility and individual preference in terms of budget, diet, commitments to family, pets etc. Basically you can eat what you want and sleep where you want, with no judgement or pressure. It also allows people time-out, away from the rest of the group if they need it. If you live nearby (and choose to go home each evening) then you'll be instantly integrating the healing and practice into your ordinary life. However, if you're coming from further away or just prefer to turn it into a full-on retreat, then there are many varied places to eat and sleep, practically on the doorstep. In the next few days, I'll be adding detailed suggestions and links re. food and accommodation, but feel free to contact me directly about this in the meantime.
LOCATION: Chakrafit, 109 Haugh Road, Glasgow (and surrounding streets, Kelvingrove Park etc.) SPRING 2020 DATES: Sat 4th and Sun 5th April 10am-approx 6pm both days, with a 1hr lunch break (1 space still available) OR Sat 16th and Sun 17th May (2 spaces still available). COST: £180 Per person (£80 deposit to confirm your place. Then the other £100 on the first day of the course). Contact me to book your place and for payment details.
Looking forward to some Chakrafit in the City fun with all of you! Love Ruthy x