In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, the fifth limb, pratyahara, is often defined as 'a withdrawal of the senses'. With it’s central location it could also be considered the “bridge limb” - the point where the outer can become inner (and vice versa).
However, a less common translation, and more accurate, translation of the word pratyahara is to recover our senses.
Scholars of yoga philosophy often regard pratyahara as the 'forgotten limb' of yoga, it's importance being gravely undervalued and ignored. Pratyahara is intimately related to ALL the limbs of yoga, as they all - from asana to samadhi—contain aspects of pratyahara; It is the basis for meditation and provides the gateway towards the higher practices of yoga: dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption/oneness).
In this 8 day/7 night retreat, we will turn the spotlight onto this forgotten limb, weaving together asana, meditation, breathwork, somatic movement, sacred ritual and ceremony, time in cacao-growing communites, and (drum roll), CHOCOLATE as the vehicles with which we will use to recover, revitalize, resurrect and deepen our sensory awareness.
And we will do so while surrounded and supported by the land where cacao grows - the high jungle region just outside Tarapoto, Peru.
Our "base camp" for the retreat will be Puma Rinri Amazon Lodge, a 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Located in a privileged location along the banks of the Huallaga River (one of the 3 offshoots of the mighty Amazon), in a canyon that will take you to cross the last foothills of the Eastern Andes. The property has over 150 acres of private reserve land; surrounded by forests, rivers and streams, the site has the distinction of being a biological bridge, because it is located at the confluence of the Cerro Escalera Regional Conservation Area and the Cordillera Azul National Park, an area where three very different ecosystems intermingle: the tropical dry forest, the high mountain jungle and the low jungle of the Amazon plain.