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with Scott Farber, Ph.D.
Claudia "Karuna" Saucy, M.Ed.


October 15-17, 2021
Friday, 5:30--8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am--6:00 pm

20 CEUs

This weekend retreat is a required courses
in the Discovery Yoga 300-hour
Master Yoga Teacher Certification Program.

Open to all yoga students
and yoga teachers.

Earlybird Discount: $300
paid in full one month before the start date


To contemplate means "to reflect upon, to study, to gaze with continuous attention, to meditate."  In this retreat we will explore the essential, yet often ignored, contemplative aspects of yoga--in theory and practice. Asana and pranayama will be guided as contemplative experiences; and the classical yogic "limbs" of pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi will be introduced through a variety of techniques including chakras, mantras, mudras, yantras, and meditative sound baths.

We will be using Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita as source texts to ground our discussions and our practice. Yoga teachers will have an opportunity to practice teach contemplative methods in the final session if they choose, while practitioners will be immersed in a contemplative retreat. You do not have to be a yoga teacher to take this training.

This retreat integrates the multidimensional aspects of yoga, and provides the space and time to immerse yourself in a spiritually nurturing, mindbody healing environment with other practitioners. We will discover the connection between classic philosophic yoga texts and our direct experience of yoga. We'll begin each day with an inspiring morning sadhana of asana, pranayama, and meditation, and continue with an experiential inquiry.

Yoga Mudra

We'll dive deep into the practice of Kripalu "meditation in motion" and conscious breathwork. Yoga Nidra and sound healing (Nada Yoga) will also be included. These practices will be balanced with mindful reflection, discussion, journaling or art making--contemplating the meanings we uncover. In sum, we will be exploring the root meaning of "philosophy" as both the love of wisdom and the wisdom of love. And "contemplation" as a practice which creates the space for the "temple" within.

Insights gained through philosophical teachings can clarify habitual confusions and shine a light on our shared sources of happiness and well-being. Taken onto the mat and integrated through guided yoga experiences, these discoveries can become a springboard for taking yoga "off the mat" and into the world....

Required Texts:
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • The Bhagavad Gita

Please bring a translated copy of these Yoga "classics" to the workshop. We will discuss--and compare--the various translations of these universal philosophic texts as part of our inquiry into the meaning and nature of yoga.  Please also bring a journal.

"With rest, peace and insight I saw the possibilities in my own evolution spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally.
This course is a “must” for the development of consciousness and lightening the 'load'."

 -Connie Windon

Scott Farber, Ph.D., YACEP/RYT500/E-RYT200 has a doctorate in philosophy and holistic education, with over twenty years experience as a university professor and educational trainer.  Practicing yoga, t'ai chi and meditation for nearly 40 years, he is a graduate of the 500 hour Discovery Yoga Teacher Training, having studied with Amrit Desai, as well as Deva Parnell and other senior Kripalu teachers. A longtime apprentice teacher in the international School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, he also is trained in meditation, including TM, Kabbalah, Qigong, Osho, Arican, and Buddhist methods, as well as the African drum tradition. Having taught in Hawaii, Asia, Europe, Central America and throughout the U.S., he now teaches Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, and the Yoga Basics Training course at Discovery while also leading 200 hr. and 300 hr. Yoga Teacher Trainings. His integrative healing sessions blend Eastern and Western bodywork modalities, including sound healing and energy techniques. He founded 5 Waves Learning to integrate the art of transformational learning with the science of holistic wellness. He lives at the beach and is an avid waterman.

Claudia Saucy aka "Karuna Pragya," M.Ed., YACEP/RYT500/E-RYT200, began practicing yoga and meditation at age 18, and later in life completed her 500-hour certification under Don and Amba Stapleton, renown teachers in the Kripalu tradition. She studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad and Matthew Remski, among others, and is an Ayurveduc Lifestyle coach, a Bach Flower practitioner, and a private YogaGuide®. Holding a master’s degree in education, she moved from teaching academic subjects to children to teaching yoga in a variety of settings in Costa Rica, Canada, Italy, and the USA. Karuna brings to her Discovery Yoga classes the qualities that she is named for: karuna (compassion) and pragya (discernment). Combining breath, focus, and mindful flow, her movement explorations develop strength, and offer opportunities for relaxation and opening. Karuna's classes are an invitation to hold yourself with kindness while you explore with awareness the unique makeup of your body-mind-spirit.

All refunds will be charged a 10% cancellation fee.
There is no refund after the start date; however, you may apply the tuition to another training.

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