Transition Breath - October 2019 update

Hello breathers,

It's been a while since updates, partly because of this new spring energy that generates so much new momentum, creativity, ideas and social engagements. It's been wonderful.

September and October have seen deep inward journeys taking place. The first was part of my trip to New Zealand for the NZ Association of Breathworkers Conference. This three day event was held at the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. The NZ breathwork family welcomed me with open arms and hearts. They are a small, but tight knit community that meet regularly and it was a real honor to be sponsored to attend.

My next big journey was just last weekend, with an intensive meditation retreat at the Blue Mountains. I had a lot of resistance going into that retreat, but thankfully much of that dissipated upon my arrival. One of the big lessons from that weekend was about honoring my teachers and to remain guided by their wisdom and experience (in other words, be humble). I also had some massive transpersonal experiences (beyond Self) that rattled my foundations (the Ego) but provide such beautiful lessons about the act of surrender.

What's happening in October and November

This October and November are going to be exciting months.

The first is a group breathwork session scheduled for 6.30pm, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at Nishi Gallery. This event is part of Transition Breath's BreathFast Club, which holds various breath related events throughout the year. For further information go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-breathfast-club-evening-edition-tickets-69700174097

The next Namadgi walk is on Saturday, 23rd November from 10am (yet to be advertised). Send me an email if you're interested in joining. We're walking to Yankee Hat again and it'll be the last walk for the year.

Finally, I commence my breathwork apprenticeship on Saturday, 30 November. If you're interested in joining these breathwork training retreats, you can register for the 2020 Breathwork Personal Development program. Contact mirabai@risingvines.com if you're interested in joining.

That's it for now. As always, reach out if you're interested in one-on-one breathwork sessions on Wednesday, Thursday evenings and all day Friday.

Breathe well,
Josh

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Transition Breath update - May 2019

Transition Breath has had a busy May, with a number of events and activities held throughout the month. Here is the latest news: 

Walking and breathing meditation in Namadgi National Park

On 11 May 2019, twelve people came together to breathe and meditate at Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park. This event included Wim Hof, traditional plant medicine, guided meditation and the introduction of a number of useful breathing techniques for daily emotional support. It also encouraged engagement and quiet reflection on the natural world and with other participants. 

The second meditation is scheduled for Saturday, 8 June (event details available here) and will be more focused on quiet contemplation in the bush, rather than just climbing to the destination. There are still a number of spaces available, so please come along with you feel called for some nature therapy.

In the months ahead, other locations will be used to offer people an opportunity to further explore the beautiful landscape of the ACT. In addition, I am currently in the process of developing an LGBTIQ+ program, which I hope to roll out in the months ahead. 

Corporate program 

The Senate, at the Australian Parliament House, launched its first Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which was accompanied by a number of wellbeing workshops between 13 and 17 May.

Transition Breath offered meditation and breathing workshops, which received rave reviews from Senate employees. For many, this was the first time they had experienced the valuable effect meditation and breathing exercises have on mental wellbeing.

If you or our workplace is interested in developing a similar program (full, half day, or regular meditation classes) then contact info@transitionbreath.com or go to https://www.transitionbreath.com/workshops

Breathing/meditation consultations

Sometimes, you may not be feeling up for an "activated" breathwork session, but may still feel the need for engaging with your breath in a therapeutic space. If so, Transition Breath now offers Breathing and Meditation Consultations. These consultations include:

  • a check-in discussion and reflection on the material that you bring into the session;

  • a number of movement exercises to help you become embodied;

  • a number of breathing exercises (non-activated); and

  • a guided meditation.

Each session goes for approximately one hour. More information available at https://www.transitionbreath.com/bookings

Global Inspiration Conference 2019 - Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

On 22 June 2019, breathwork enthusiasts from across the world are meeting for the annual Global Inspiration Conference, which this year is held at Joshua Tree National Park in California, USA. For one whole week participants are immersed in everything related to breathing, meditation, dance, conscious conversation and much more. I am extremely excited to attend this event, which will include workshops with some of the best and most experienced breathwork practitioners in the world. For more information go to http://gic2019.com/

Unfortunately, my attendance at this event will mean my clinic will be closed from 20 June to 22 July, so get in contact if you'd like to schedule an appointment before this time. 

Climate change and other writing

In case you missed them, I've written a number of articles that have focused on climate change, and the cultural and spiritual significance of the breath. The topic of climate change has become a particular focus, and with weather events likely to increase in severity, the emotional impacts of these events are likely to be magnified too. For further information about the linkages between climate change and mental health, see https://www.transitionbreath.com/climatechange. Otherwise, my most recent articles are:

Expanded opening hours

Transition Breath has expanded its hours to now include every Friday, from 9am to 6pm. Otherwise, you can book an appointment for:

  • Tuesday evenings from 6pm

  • Wednesday evenings from 6pm

  • Thursday evenings from 6pm

  • Weekends by appointment

Contact Joshua at info@transitionbreath.com if you'd like to make an appointment.

Breath well everyone,

Joshua

Walking and breathwork meditation in Namadgi National Park

On 8 June 2019, Transition Breath is hosting a walking meditation to Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park. The facilitator will guide participants to connect with their body, their breath and to consciously and silently engage with the beautiful landscape found at Booroomba Rocks walking track. Further information can be found here.

The day will proceed as follows:

10am- Participants will meet at Booroomba Rocks walking track carpark, where they will be guided to engage with their body and their breath. This will be followed by an intention setting discussion, smudging ceremony and rapé (pronounced ha-PAY, a sacred tobacco ash, optional).

11am- Participants will then, in silence, walk along the path to Booroomba Rocks lookout, and are encouraged to remain present and be interactive with the Land (approx. 1.5 hour walk).

12.30pm- Once everyone has arrived at a Boorooomba Rocks lookout, the facilitator will conduct another meditation, followed by a discussion about participants' thoughts, feelings and interaction with the environment. Light snacks and tea will be shared before the walk back to the trail's carpark.

The day will conclude at approximately 3pm.

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Walking and breathwork meditation in Namadgi National Park

On 11 May 2019, Transition Breath is hosting a walking meditation to Yankee Hat in Namadgi National Park. The facilitator will guide participants to connect with their body, their breath and to consciously and silently engage with the beautiful landscape found at Yankee Hat walking track. Further information can be found here.

The day will proceed as follows:

10am- Participants will meet at Yankee Hat walking track carpark, where they will be guided to engage with their body and their breath. This will be followed by an intention setting discussion, smudging ceremony and rapé (pronounced ha-PAY, a sacred tobacco ash, optional).

11am- Participants will then, in silence, walk along the path to Yankee Hat, and are encouraged to remain present and be interactive with the Land (approx. 1.5 hour walk).

12.30pm- Once everyone has arrived at a Yankee Hat, the facilitator will conduct another meditation, followed by a discussion about participants' thoughts, feelings and interaction with the environment. Light snacks and tea will be shared before the walk back to the trail's carpark (approx. 2.5 hours).

3pm- A final debrief will be shared upon return, and thereafter participants are free to return to Canberra.

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Watch this space!

Regular information post will be made on this page. This post will provide a range of information about breathwork, the latest research and publications about breath and other interesting material. #canberrabreathwork