Workshops & Classes
'Exploring Meditation' Classes every Wednesday lunchtime at Aristia (www.aristia.co.uk),
Southsea & Portsmouth's spiritual shop
Wednesday 4th March - Wednesday 29th April 2015
1.15pm - 2.15pm - £6.50 per person - booking essential as spaces are limited
Call or text 07447 026 527
Or contact me via the contact form here
An ongoing meditation class on a Wednesday lunchtime, which will introduce and explore different meditation technques, in particular the various pranayama and meditation practices of the mystical yogic traditions of kriya yoga and kundalini yoga, as well as mantra chanting and visualisation. Other types of meditation practice we may explore: mindfulness and body awareness, 'tonglen' and compassionate world service meditations, certain movements with pranayama or mantra, chakra development/energy work visualisations and maybe the occasional bit of yoga nidra (complete body relaxation lying down) as a treat!
No experience and no belief system necessary. This course is an experiential journey aimed to help you explore your inner spiritual self in a beautiful space of peace where you can take time out to relax and let go of day-to-day pressures, enabling you to find what feels best for you and to more easily connect to your soul. The meditations are inclusive of all faiths (and none) and are aimed at raising personal and planetary consciousness.
I also offer Esoteric Healing sessions at Aristia on a Wednesday. If you'd like to experience the transformative effects of spiritual energy healing, then please get in contact to arrange a session
2015 Workshops Coming Up Soon:
A Selection of Arts & Spiritual Workshops for Adults and Children
Dates and details:
Saturday 21st March:
An equinox 'Goddess' all-day workshop (women only) with Alexia and Sarah. 9:45am - 4:30pm (arrive from 9:30am to be ready for a 9:45 am start) at Westbourne Village Hall, nr Emsworth (directions below).A gentle yoga workout (do what you can manage) to bring peace and space to our bodies, followed by creative movement and dance to celebrate your divine female form. In the afternoon we will explore using music and sound to empower, heal and call forth our Divine Feminine energies, which will lead into a Goddess healing circle and ceremony. No experience necessary - we facilitate in an environment of non-judgement, love and acceptance. Please feel free to bring something nice to change into for the goddess healing circle and please bring a pretty scarf to be used as a head covering for part of the ceremony and any crystals (or crystal jewellery) that you would like to have empowered in the the circle we create. Feel free to bring your own (non-electronic) instruments, whatever your level of playing. Also please bring a yoga mat or blanket for the floor, extra blankets and cushion(s) for comfort and warmth and a packed lunch. Herbal teas provided. £50 per person*
Friday 10th April (Easter holidays):
A fun half day workshop of Movement, Yoga and Music for Children aged 5 upwards - no experience necessary, with Sarah and Alexia. 10am - 1pm. Venue (in the Portsmouth area) to be confirmed - please email to book and be updated with the venue details closer to the date. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for the floor and any extra blankets to keep your child warm lying on the floor at the end of yoga, and snacks/drinks for your child. Younger children may also join in if accompanied by a parent/carer. £15 per child*
Saturday 18th April:
Half day adults' Creative Sound and Meditation workshop with Alexia. 10.30am - 1.15pm
(Note: the times are different to the previously published times for this workshop. Due to a double booking at the hall, we have now had to change this to be a morning workshop.)
at Westbourne Village Hall, nr Emsworth (directions below). No experience necessary. We create a safe atmosphere and easy, fun, accessible ways to make music and sound (there are no wrong notes!), combined with an exploration of meditation to take you deep into the inner silence. Meditation is the perfect peaceful partner to our sound-work! Feel free to bring your own (non-electronic) instruments, whatever your level of playing. Herbal tea available, but bring any snacks you would like and whatever cushions, blankets or yoga mats you might like for being comfortable during meditation. £25 per person*
Saturday 16th May:
Full day adults' 'Creative Arts and Spiritual' workshop with Alexia and Sarah. 9:45am - 5:30pm (arrive from 9:30am to be ready for a 9:45am start) at Westbourne Village Hall, nr. Emsworth (directions below). A divine mix of yoga, art, dance, music and meditation. For all levels -no experience necessary - do what you can and explore some new things! We facilitate with a safe, loving, non-judgemental approach, so that you can let your inner child come out to play, release expectations and have fun! Please bring an old shirt or covering for your clothes for the art part of the day. Also please bring a yoga mat or blanket for the floor, extra blankets and cushion(s) for comfort and warmth and a packed lunch. Herbal teas provided. £65 per person* to include art materials.
Booking and payment in advance is essential on all the above workshops as spaces are limited - please contact Alexia to book. Email [email protected] or call 07447 026 527.
*If on low income, concessions may be available - please ask.
Sarah is an enthusiastic yoga teacher who has trained in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga in India. She is also a theatre director, qualified teacher of drama and she specialises in expression, movement and improvisation.
Alexia trained as a classical musician and she has also studied the Lifemusic method of fun, accessible community music-making. She has also trained in counselling, various healing methods including a two-year diploma in esoteric healing and various forms of yoga including a Kundalini Yoga teacher training in India.
We may also be joined by Mark in some of the sessions who is a trained musician and also has a background in NLP/hypnotherapy and heart-centred communication. He also brings much interest and experience in movement, self-expression and exercise.
Directions to Westbourne Village Hall:
Westbourne Village Hall is a beautiful space - please see the website: http://westbournevillage.org/newhall.html. To get there: it is the next village just to the north of Emsworth in Hampshire and as you enter the village via the main road from Emsworth, the Parish Hall (marked on Google Maps) is immediately on the right, opposite the village church. Emsworth is on the South Coast, accessed by road via the A27 between Portsmouth and Chichester. There are a limited number of parking spaces outside the Parish Hall, so please let us know if you are coming by car. There is a train station in Emsworth to the South which is about a mile's walk away either by road or along a beautiful country footpath via Brook Meadow in Emsworth.
Express Your Creative Spirit - Sound, Dance & Gentle Yoga Workshop
Saturday 1st November 2014, 10am – 5.30pm - Westbourne Parish Hall, Emsworth, Hampshire
Booking essential – contact Alexia: [email protected] / 07447 026527 / www.oceanofbliss.co.uk
To coincide with the special time of Samhain/All Saints Day when the veil is thinner, we are excited to offer you this joyous workshop to lift your spirits and raise your vibration: A fun and joyous day of free improvisation and expression using music, movement, dance and voice, interspersed with some gentle yoga, meditation and relaxation times.
No experience is necessary, there are no wrong notes, sounds or ways of moving and you will be guided in a safe atmosphere of trust and support to let go and find your own unique way of allowing the creative energies to flow and express through you. You can dive right in and take part in it all or you can choose to step back for quiet moments of reflection and rest as we journey together throughout the day. We value whatever energies you bring!
Set your spirit free and step into your personal empowerment through allowing your voice, body and soul to be seen, heard and appreciated. Allow the alchemy to unfold within you through this process so you can radiate your true Self! Our voices and bodies are our unique ways of presenting and expressing ourselves in this life and we often do not fully appreciate and honour the gift and blessing that they are. We aim to have such fun playing together through use of sound and movement and through basking in the stillness of meditation that you will feel great release and leave this workshop glowing and inspired with greater clarity about your life!
We will begin the day with yoga, movement and meditation to set us off on the right foot! So please bring a yoga mat/picnic blanket and extra blanket/cushions so that you can feel warm and comfortable sitting/lying on the floor (chairs will be available too). We suggest you bring a bottle of water for practical reasons when moving around the space as well as a packed lunch for the day. Additional filtered water and herbal teas will be provided. (Feel free to bring your own preferred tea bags/coffee/milk if you wish too.) Please also wear or bring with you loose/comfortable clothes for freely moving and stretching in during the yoga and dance sessions. If you have any of your own acoustic (non-electronic) instruments, then please feel free to bring them along, whatever level of playing. Please arrive around 9.45am so that we can get started at 10am.
This day is facilitated by Sarah and Alexia. Sarah (www.hutch32.wix.com) is a theatre director, qualified teacher of drama and specialises in expression, movement and improvisation. Alexia (www.oceanofbliss.co.uk) has spent many years studying as a classical musician and has also trained in the Lifemusic method of music improvisation, esoteric energy healing, counselling and kundalini yoga.
Westbourne Village Hall (PO10 7UL) is a beautiful space - see http://westbournevillage.org/newhall.html.
Westbourne is the next village just to the north of Emsworth (in Hampshire) and as you enter the village via the main road from Emsworth, the Parish Hall (marked on Google Maps) is immediately on the right opposite the village church. Emsworth is on the South Coast accessed by road via the A27 between Portsmouth and Chichester. There are a limited number of parking spaces outside the Parish Hall, so please let us know if you are coming by car. There is a train station in Emsworth to the South which is about a mile's walk away either by road or along a beautiful country footpath via Brook Meadow in Emsworth. If you plan to travel via rail and let us know in advance, we might be able to arrange a lift for you, to or from the station.
Suggested contribution for the day for the hall cost and our teaching - £33.
(Concessions available for those on low income; please ask if this applies to you.)
'Journey through Sound' Workshop
Elisabetta and Alexia invite you to join them for JOURNEY THROUGH SOUND
Saturday 5th October 2013 at Westbourne Parish Hall, Emsworth, near Chichester
Two workshops in one day: in the morning we enjoy our voices through toning and harmonics;
in the afternoon we make improvised music with voice and instruments.
No experience is needed, only an openness and willingness to explore our innate creativity.
The morning session, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, will be facilitated by Elisabetta Noto and Andrew Burridge(www.theradiantvoice.com). We shall gather in a respectful and supportive circle and intone extended vocalisations together. This simple yet powerful technique (called toning) creatively engages the voice while engendering a depth of stillness that deeply calms the mind and increases vivid presence; our voices naturally and without effort produce vibrations and rich overtones that fill the space with light. Participants report feeling joyous, uplifted and revitalised in mind, body and spirit, and are often astonished at rediscovering the moving beauty of their resonant voices.
The afternoon session, from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, will be facilitated by Alexia Gibbs (www.oceanofbliss.co.uk) andElisabetta Noto. We shall gather in the spirit of trust and communication and make gentle music improvisation with a variety of colourful, easy-access instruments and voice, following the principles of the Lifemusic method: everyone is musical; there are no 'wrong notes'; every sound we make has a meaning; making improvised music together is an act of trust, joy and wellbeing. Those who experience music improvisation with the Lifemusic method report feeling joyous, elated, and empowered with increased self-confidence in re-discovering their ability to make lovely music together(regardless of any prior musical training).
Advance booking is required: Morning workshop: £ 7.00. Afternoon workshop: £ 10.00. Both workshops booked together: £15.00. Two people booking together receive a discount of £1 per person. Three or more people booking together receive a discount of £2 per person. Please email [email protected] or contact Alexia via the contact page on this site.
Tea, herbal teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring bottled water with you, and a packed lunch if you are attending both sessions.
Date: Saturday 5th October 2013 - 11.00 am until 4.00 pm (registration from 10.45 am for morning workshop & from 1.45 pm for afternoon workshop)