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The Bliss Body



Part of my motivation in launching The Summit is to help create the feeling of true vibrant health as part of a learning experience.  We learn best of all by embodying experience.  Research from previous retreats indicates that most of all, there is enjoyment from being considered as a whole, with all aspects (body, mind, soul) therapeutically

provided for:


‘All of the different components are important for different reasons, it needs all of the  stuff, because it is an immersive experience… it’s serving all these different levels of yourself.’


On retreat, we attend to the five Kosha’s in Yoga philosophy or ‘Layer’s of Existence’, said to be envelopes that

contain and surround our physical body:

The physical body (annamaya kosha) - through yoga, qi gong, time outdoors on the trails, wild- swimming or other water-sports and nourishment from delicious wholesome cooking, we feel

stronger, rosier and more vibrant.


The energetic body (pranamaya kosha) - glowing from the inside-out through pranayama (breath-work) and deep relaxation (yoga nidra): steps feel lighter, like you are walking on air through the awe-inspiring autumnal forest.


The mental/emotional body (manomaya kosha) - in taking some time away from the monkey-mind chatter, tuning into any lingering feelings of angst and anxiety, letting them be washed away with meditative techniques and attuning our biorhythms with the exquisite vibration of

the fresh, free island atmosphere.


The wisdom body/higher mind (vignanamaya) - as you create and immerse yourself in the

necessary stillness of the present moment - dare to delve deeper through layers of protective walls to uncover nuggets of inner wisdom and guidance for your path through 1-2-1, group and personal reflections.


Our bliss body(ānandamaya) - experience tingles all over and awaken dormant, creative, energetic flow as you surrender to these sensations in gratitude and alignment. The bliss body represents transcendental energy of creation and of existence. This kosha is synonymous with joy, love and peace. Moments of serendipity, synchronicity and mini-

miracles show up as we finish off our retreat with growing awareness and amazement of our rainbow-body (merkaba)


The Summit is open to everyone.

Options available for visitors, residents or day tickets only, details at www.heathergwenbird.com/the-summit

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