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hamid ebadi

 

Hamid is a compassionate human being with an unconventional life.

 

Born in Tehran, Iran, he left his native land at an early age to become a nomad of the world. Exposing himself to many different countries, cultures, languages and traditions, Hamid settled into Paris in  1985 to study philosophy under Jacques Derrida the renowned French philosopher.

 

These early beginnings ignited a passionate philosophical and spiritual journey. Hamid has focused on gaining wisdom and insight through a varied and interesting educational process.

 

 

Drawn to meditation in the 1990’s Hamid encountered Japanese Zen Master Ryotan Tokuda in 1998, was ordained as a monk at Ei Tai-Ji Monastery in the South of France in 2000 and, in 2011, was authorised by his master to pass on these ancient teachings.

 

Expanding his educational journey, Hamid completed his School of Practitioners – Psychotherapy (École des Praticiens de la Psychothérapie) in Nice, France in 2005.

 

Realising that acquiring knowledge and understanding was only part of the equation, Hamid has continued his personal and professional development by sharing his experience conducting lectures, meditation retreats, and personal therapy sessions. Hamid firmly believes that giving unconditional support and guidance is fundamental to a joyful existence.

 

Hamid’s lectures are truly inspiring, drawing, not only from personal experience but his combined Eastern and Western education. He has the ability to delve into thought-provoking, interesting topics that truly resonate in today’s World and genuinely touch participants in a meaningful way. His seminars are unique, inspiring, articulate and well thought out.

 

Hamid’s meditative teachings are brought to fruition in a comforting and comfortable way. Leading the uninitiated and practiced practitioner with ease, he finds a unique balance that allows all participants to make the most of each experience.

 

Hamid also provides personal and professional counseling to those looking for additional support. He understands that this type of relationship can only provide true benefit if he gives participants a safe empathetic place to be heard and supported.

jen stretton

Jen is a mountain guide, yoga teacher and thai masseuse based in the french alps. She first met Hamid at the start of her spiritual journey at a yoga teacher training in Bali in 2012.

 

They stayed in touch over the years that followed and Jen has continued to explore buddhist teachings under Hamid's guidance. Jen assists in the organisation of the retreats in Europe and teaches yin yoga during the retreats. 

fiona galloway

Fiona is the founder of Nourished Space.  She is a Plant-based Chef, Heart of yoga teacher, Breathwork coach. 

 

Fiona will be sharing locally sourced seasonal produce that will complement the movement, stillness, and wellness of your time at the retreat.  The food will be consciously sourced produce made with love and care.  All meals will be vegetarian and will allow for any allergies by simply informing us of what you can not eat. 

There will be a selection of fruits, yoghurts, smoothies, gluten-free breads for breakfast.  Light lunches and dinners will be served with consideration to the activities unfolding throughout the day/night.  Supportive snacks and teas will be available throughout the retreat.  The Heart of Yoga - Yoga is available for everyone no matter your age, or ability.  The great yoga master - j Krishnamurti said " if you can breathe you can do yoga".  As friends, we will explore the participation with breath, movement, and stillness to support the heart of yoga practice both on and off the mat.

miri hossein

Miri is a certified RYT500 Yoga Teacher and is a highly experienced, warm, caring and kind teacher who has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years. 

 

Miri completed her first training in Bali in Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Hatha and her Level 2 with yogi Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India.  Miri also continues her training in yin, restorative and anatomy and adjustment and completed a Prana Samyama meditation teacher training with Traditional Yoga UK. 

 

Miri’s personal motivation as a teacher is to help you let go of your past, self doubt, anxiety, negative thinking patterns, habitual patterns and guide you on a transformative path to open up your heart, to laugh, love, heal and find real happiness and lasting peace in your life.

verity

I am the founder of Conscious Yoga and I have been teaching for almost 10 years. Through the insights I have gained from my practices of Yoga and Buddhism are interwoven with meditation, mantra and conscious breath-work, I have developed an integrated practice that enlivens and heals the body, heart, and mind.

My methods are based on core Yin/Yang practices that enhance the meridians and organ systems which can balance and stimulate the energy in the body. Movement between Yin and Yang styles of yoga are essential elements for grounding and strengthening and reflects the reality of our lives. I use Asanas, breath-work, meditations and mantras that are often adapted to reflect the seasons we are in and that impact on us emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Nowadays I like to refer to myself as more of a facilitator rather than a teacher. My passions lie in supporting you to gain access to your inner guide and wisdom. My teachings work to address establishing much deeper body connections through mindful Strengthening and balancing practice (yang style) and the deeper more intuitive (yin practices) of holding the body still and deepening into the subtle energy systems and connective tissues, deepening our sensory and felt perception and developing calmer mind states.