Yoga Retreat with Carly Forrest | Lit from Within
February 10 | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Retreating from our own busy lives is a deeply supportive act of remembering: remembering ourselves, our deepest longings and heartfelt intentions to live a meaningful life. It helps us to stretch time and access liminal space. It helps us see, hear, and feel life differently.
Drawing inspiration and wisdom from the natural world, this day retreat offers Yin yoga, mindfulness and psycho-spiritual inquiry as a way to assist you in attuning to your external environment and your inner landscape. We will be exploring the themes of surrender and expansion, yin and yang, descent and ascent and how to hold the paradox of being human with grace and courage.
Coupled with writing, self-inquiry work, and luminous poetry, this retreat promises to stir your senses and help you connect to a rhythm that is naturally yours.
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes, and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced
as birds’ wings.
-Rumi, 13th Century Persian Poet
Fascinated by the mystery of life and beckoned towards her depths since childhood, Carly spent her formative years looking for spiritual sovereignty. The discovery of eastern wisdom traditions was one of deep and abiding recognition and the embodied practices of yoga and meditation have been her daily refuge ever since. Her studies of spiritual psychology, reverence for poetry, dedication to self-inquiry, and the reciprocity and respect she feels for the natural world have also left deep impressions and informed her practice. Her teachings constellate around the central task of supporting others to wholly inhabit their lives: to embrace the full spectrum of their humanity and skillfully greet the paradox of life.
Since taking part in her first meditation training in 2002, she has continued to sit on regular retreats in both the Theravadin and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and to study closely with her primary teacher, Sarah Powers. In addition to completing an 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she graduated from a two-year intensive training with the Insight Yoga Institute in California and since 2013 has been training with the International Institute of Medical Qi Qong.
Nourished by the consistent teachings of her mentors and rooted in the solid ground of her eighteen-year personal practice, she has guided thousands of students through foundational practices and focused trainings over the past fifteen years, including Moksha Yoga’s advanced teacher training in Nosara, Costa Rica.
An endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher and mentor, Carly has also trained in psychology and community counselling and has a private energy medicine practice. She offers pre-registered classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings locally and abroad, and advises and support individuals around the world as they grow in their practice and their teaching.
Carly was the Yin and mindfulness teacher to the Canadian National Women’s 7s Rugby Team, winners of the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. She lives on a farm near Victoria, BC on Southern Vancouver Island and is honored to live and work on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. She extends immeasurable gratitude to her principal teachers, Sarah Powers and Jennifer Welwood.