The experience of taking part in a Yoga retreat is incomparable. To be immersed in nature, in a community environment, practicing yoga and meditation makes it especially meaningful.
Raphael selects some of the most unique venues around the world, from hidden villages in the middle of Sri Lanka to floating bungalows on a lake in Southern Thailand, in order to create an exceptional experience for students. The purpose of his retreats is to “awaken”- to awake from the mental patterns that trap us because of the way society, work, family, media and culture pressure and influence us - to better live and co-exist with others. For this to happen, he selects energetic sanctuaries in which students will be able to disconnect from the chaos of daily commitments and reconnect with the essence of a conscious mindful life style.
Throughout the week Raphael will lead daily yoga practices, meditation, pranayama, study of eastern and western philosophy, and kirtan.
The asana practice is rooted in alignment vinyasa usually led in the mornings, and in the afternoons or evenings, a slower paced breakdown of a hatha, yin or restorative class.
Raphael also has a background in acro yoga, a practice that builds community. This style blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of the healing arts. Usually one section is designed for this kind of practice.
The retreats are suited to anyone with an open mind and interested in a rounded experience.