THE KEYS OF ALCHEMY – A QUEST IN EGYPT
20th – 28th March 2019
As within, so without
As above, so below
Alchemy is the practice of transforming physical, mental and emotional lead into the gold of your highest potential.
Yoga meaning union, facilitates this process on all levels allowing us let go of what is no longer needed, empowering ourselves to create magic in the world.
Embark on a quest into the alchemy of your life led by Genevieve Boast, Founder of Beyond Human Stories and Mark Woolfenden, Founder of Labyrinth Holistic Healing. Together we will undertake a journey into the heart of Egypt, on an adventure to remember the lost parts of our deep soul story and reconnect our inner power through yoga and embodiment practices.
We are living in times of massive personal, social and global transformation. As the rate of change increases, we are being given a unique opportunity to choose the future we wish to create for ourselves and our planet.
This process of choice is one of inner alchemy: the ancient art of transforming base metals to gold, or lower forms of consciousness to higher forms. Once learned, we can use the alchemical keys of life to transform our lives from the inside out.
Wait and see….
- Delve deeply into your unique soul story through a variety of experiential exercises and alchemical keys.
- Visit the ancient sacred sites along the Nile Valley in Egypt and experience their magical secrets and stories.
- Choose a future vision that inspires you and serves all.
- Have dedicated personal mentoring time with Genevieve & Mark to assist you in your inner and outer transformation.
- Journey into your beliefs and stories to discover and embody the ancient alchemical axiom ‘as within, so without’.
- Practice physical, mental and emotional yoga to transform and transmute old patterns of thinking and acting
- Enter into the mythology of Egypt.
- Cleanse your body through a healthy diet and daily meditation.
- Discover Yoga, Reiki and ancient alchemy based healing practices to restore your body, mind and soul.
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Genevieve BoastFounder / Beyond Human Stories
A life adventurer, whistleblower and insatiable optimist, Genevieve has dedicated her life in service of telling and creating a story that unites us as human beings, reinitiating us back into the web of life on earth. Genevieve’s career began in mainstream media and entertainment where she spent over a decade working in the fields of change management, corporate social investment and cultural transformation. Through Beyond Human Stories, she works with individuals, organizations and communities, creating new stories and paradigms in education, business and global society. She travels the world as a speaker, facilitator and coach working with a wide and diverse range of people helping them master the art and science of story-making. She is the author of Tough Bliss: Restorying Life.
Mark WoolfendenHolistic Health Teacher / Labyrinth Holistic Healing
"I believe my purpose as a yoga teacher, Reiki master teacher and massage therapist is to facilitate the body’s own ability to heal itself." Mark began his training in Usui Reiki, and has worked his way through all levels of Reiki Healing up to Master Teacher level in Usui, Tibetan and subsequently, Karuna Reiki. On his journey he has met some very interesting people and gained a wealth of experience while training with specialists in their fields, including Meditation, Soul Rescue, Reiki Healing, Chinese Massage and Indian Head Massage. He is a gifted Yoga teacher and also has qualifications in Acupressure and Soul Rescue.
Egypt – The Land of Alchemy
“The land had awakened me to a whole new level of connection with the universe. With each journey here, the process of natural alchemy cleansed and healed something else in my ancient memories. It is the things we are most ashamed of that hold the key to our greatest gifts but these can only be given to us if we are willing to face and claim them. Just as in the process of physical alchemy, first the alchemist must purify the essence of the elements they are working with. Once distilled, the elements are prepared for transformation and finally metamorphosed into new expanded forms. My mind, body and emotions were being purified and prepared”.
Extract from Tough Bliss: Restorying Life
Egypt has long been known in the ancient and modern world for its beauty and magic. Our hearts and minds cannot help but to be enchanted by its spirit and essence. From the hieroglyphs in the ancient temples to the hidden lore deep within the hearts of its elders, Egyptian mythology speaks to the ancient practices of unifying heart, mind and soul.
It is a culture that is in vibrant transformation and communities are starting to reconnect to their heritage in new ways. Egypt is also hailed as the birthplace of the age old practice of alchemy: the process of transforming ‘lead into gold’ and darkness into light.
Each day you will have the opportunity to partake in a sunrise and sunset yoga practice led by Mark, framing a temple visit and an alchemy workshop led by Genevieve. Both Genevieve and Mark will both be available during our journey for personal ‘deep dive’ sessions to assist you in your transformation.
Arrivals 20th March
Fly to Aswan. Board the Dahibiya boat. Introductory circle and welcome dinner. Setting the alchemical container.
21st March – Spring Equinox “The Return of the Light”
Morning Solar Yoga flow. We begin our alchemical journey with a visit to the island temple of Isis on Philae. In the afternoon we start with a workshop exploring the first stage of alchemy – Calcination. Evening Lunar Yoga Flow. Evening Equinox Ceremony.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. We set sail down the Nile and stop to visit to the Temple of Sobek & Horus at Kom Ombo. In the afternoon we will adventure into the depths of the second stage of alchemy – Dissolution. Evening Lunar Yoga flow and storytelling on the boat.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. We visit the temple of Horus at Edfu. Lunch followed by an exploration into the third stage of alchemy – Seperation. Evening Lunar Yoga flow. Evening dinner and dance party on the boat.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. Morning workshop exploring the fourth stage of alchemy – Conjunction. Arrive in Luxor and after lunch we will visit the Temple Complex at Karnak. Evening Lunar Yoga flow. Optional visit to the souk market in Luxor.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. Early morning visit to the Valley of the Kings. Lunch on boat followed by an afternoon workshop entering into the experiential fifth stage of alchemy – Fermentation. Evening Lunar Yoga flow. Optional evening visit to a sacred oils alchemist.
Early morning Solar Yoga flow. Day trip to the temples of Hathor at Dendara and Osiris at Abydos. Workshop whilst we travel on the bus, exploring the sixth stage of alchemy – Distillation. Evening Lunar Yoga flow.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. Transfer to the Embrace Hotel on the West Bank in Luxor. Lunch at the famous Marsaam Hotel whilst we explore the seventh and final stage of alchemy – Coagulation. Evening trip to Luxor Temple – The Temple of Man. Optional late evening Lunar Yoga flow.
Morning Solar Yoga flow. Morning workshop in the sound temple at the Embrace Hotel exploring Synthesis and Synergy. Optional afternoon souk marketplace visit. Final dinner and ceremony.
Depart from Luxor. Transfers to the airports or other pre-arranged destinations.
This itinerary is subject to change and evolution dependent on the emerging journey for the group and any unforeseen travel conditions. We always like to keep an open space for opportunities that emerge and the group wishes to take advantage of. This is the magic of Egypt!
This price includes
- 10 day (9 nights) immersive retreat in Egypt
- A personal one to one narrative mentoring session with Genevieve
- All related course materials
- 2 x yoga classes per day
- Transport and entry to the Temples
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 7 nights aboard the boat
- 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at the Embrace Hotel in Luxor
- Airport transfers
- VAT (for UK only)
This price excludes
- Flights to and from Egypt
- Lunches and dinners on the days we stay at the Embrace Hotel in Luxor
- Any additional activities or excursions outside of the retreat schedule including all massages, treatments and ancillaries
- Travel and medical insurance
- Egyptian Visa for $25
50% deposit is required on booking to secure your place (see our Journey Terms and Conditions for full details). The remaining 50% will need to be paid 60 days prior to the start date for the trip. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain further details or receive answers to any additional questions you may have.
We recommend that prior to booking, you consult your countries current travel advice in Egypt. Contrary to the picture represented in the mainstream media, Egypt is safe for tourists and we will be accompanied throughout our entire journey by our skilled local guides who will ensure your safety and comfort to the best of their abilities.
We do require that you take out full personal travel insurance and will need to you have done so prior to the trip commencing.