The Yoga of Sensory Awareness​

a ​​4-1/2 day intensive with

​Donna Farhi
Christchurch, New Zealand: ​​4-8 October 2019

“Almost anyone can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel.  Why?  Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people, but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
~ e.e. cummings

“We can be given tools.  We can be pointed in a certain direction.  We can practice with others, but we go the way alone.”
~ Terry Ray

How long should I stay? How deep should I go? What should I do today? What should I be feeling? These are all questions that arise through seeking an external reference and standing outside our own direct experience. Yet, the “breaking news” of the body’s weather is arising moment-to-moment as a fresh and accurate portrayal of our inner experience, whatever it may be.

Learning to adapt and tailor our approach based on this body weather report can transform Yoga practice into a powerful self-inquiry that paves the way towards self knowledge and self healing.

Our sense perception offers us knowledge through direct experience versus knowledge as information, yet from a very young age we’re taught to distrust our felt perception.

Years of indoctrination in methods, techniques, and formulaic paradigms developed by outside authorities can tyrannize perception, pulling us away from, rather than towards our own insight.

Unconscious conditioning about pain, comfort, effort and relaxation, can thwart self-care towards self-coercion.

This intensive is a chance to explore building a greater connection to and confidence in your own kinesthesia (interoception).  As you shift from the outward striving of acquisition towards the inward journey of inquisitiveness the body suggests new options, vectors, and subtle possible entry points into movement leading you back to what is true and helpful.

Our day will be filled with brief sitting meditations, delightful movement inquiry, sensory awareness explorations, and slow yet deep Yoga practice.

We’ll also use progressively longer Yoga Nidra practices to heighten the relaxation response and reveal the deeper messaging of our embodiment.

This ​4-1/2 day intensive is for practitioners of Yoga and somatics with at least one year's consistent personal practice.


  • Friday, 04 October 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday 05 - Tuesday 08 October, 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm

Price: ​

NZ$635.00. ​​2019. ​Please ​refer to our ​Cancellations and Refunds Policy below.


Helen Kitson Function Room: Rangi Ruru Girls' School 59 Hewitts Rd. Merivale, Christchurch NZ

​More information (FAQs)

​...including what to bring, please ​​see our FAQ page.

Coming from out of town and need accommodation?

​We have reserved ​​​the ​lovely purpose-built apartments nor​mally used for final year students (who will be on holidays at the time of the intensive). The apartment features 6 single-occupancy rooms each with a desk and wardrobe and a shared ​bathroom ​that includes two showers and two toilets. The apartments also have well-equipped kitchens and a small lounge room. ​

​​A limited number of beds are available for 4 nights: Friday 04  - Tuesday 08 October.  These are offered at an extraordinarily reasonable rate of $60.00 per night. ​

Price: Accommodation + Intensive: ​

NZ$​​875. ​​Please ​refer to our ​Cancellations and Refunds Policy below.

Rangi Ruru is ​a 15 minute walk to Merivale shopping centre, with cafes, restaurants, pharmacy, and a small supermarket, and 10 minutes walk to Hagley Park, the 'green' heart of Christchurch with the beautiful Avon River and Botanical Gardens. 

We are unable to offer this accommodation for any less or more than those 4 nights. 

If this option is booked out or not suitable for your needs, we recommend you try,, or check with your travel agent, as ​we are unable to assist with ​​or recommend any ​further ​accommodation.

Cancellations and Refunds Policy:

The price less $50 bank charges and booking fee is refundable until 22 August, 2019. No refunds can be made after midnight 2​2 August, 2019 unless your place can be filled by another person. ​In case of cancellation by Donna Farhi (trading as Ladino 2004 Ltd), you will receive a full refund. In case of an emergency where Donna cannot travel, Donna will assign a senior teacher in her place (this is highly unlikely).

All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this intensive

Travel Insurance:

If you are travelling to ​Christchurch, we STRONGLY recommend that you purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip and/or flights.

Travel insurance companies ​offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel. Some include “cancel for any reason” policies. Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need. Please also note that travel insurance may need to be purchased within a limited window of reserving your trip or purchasing airline tickets. Please check with your travel agent  and/or insurance provider for details as terms and conditions vary between countries and agencies. 


Thank you for taking the time to review our FAQ page before contacting us.

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