“Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of our intentions.”
New Year Intentions
For 11 years, Lucy has been running New Year Intentions Retreat at the Tara Rokpa Centre – inspiring particpants to find their sense of purpose. Taking time away from daily demands to reflect on the past year, and to set intentions for the future, provides a potent space for growth. Intention-setting does not need to be difficult. We can simply connect with what brings us joy, makes us feel energetic and alive, and commit to focusing on these activities over the year ahead.
To tap into our sense of purpose, or ubizo or raison d’etre, we combine contemplative practices with a wish to engage in the communities and the world around us. We will develop a deep understanding that compassion and altruism circle back to bring the greatest happiness to the giver, as long as our basic needs are also attended to.
We will integrate our body, heart and mind in a gentle, unfolding process of yoga and mindfulness, providing the opportunity to reflect on what inspires and energizes us. By trusting our ability to tap into our own talents, we can lead our lives in a way that also brings benefit to others. Yoga and mindfulness practices will tune us into both our supportive and sabotaging patterns, while compassion practices will provide us with skillful ways to accept ourselves just as we are, in order to create the conditions for transformation to take place.
Please bring a yoga mat, a journal and pen or pencil, as well as stretchy, comfortable clothes for both yin and yang yoga practices.
About the Facilitator
Lucy Draper-Clarke has a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education. She has practised yoga for 20 years and taught yoga and mindfulness in Southern Africa since 2006. She has been lucky enough to study with inspiring Buddhist mindfulness, and Vinyasa yoga teachers, and offers both yin and yang styles of yoga.
Her light-hearted approach to teaching allows yoga students to explore their inner worlds through a joyful, yet transformative practice. For a personal reflection on previous New Year Intentions retreats, please follow this link.
For more information about retreats at TRC, please follow this link.