The 2017 retreat lotto has now closed. We have been overjoyed with everyone's inspiring pledges.…
#PositiveChangeRetreat is now closed and the winner is drawn. Congratulations to Melissa Joy whose post you can see below. Sorry you couldn’t all win! Enjoy your positive changes.
#PositiveChangeRetreat is back. Another chance to win a retreat at Yoga Rocks by pledging to make changes in the way you interact with your environment. You get to make a positive impact and maybe win a revitalising holiday – can you say no to that in 2018?
Some ask can we make a real difference? – who knows, but with much at stake for the next generations why not give it a shot. Certainly you can make an immediate difference in the small circles around ourselves and sometimes this can expand outwards. Happily most changes you make for the sake of the world around you simultaneously make you feel better too. An old friend, when he was a doctor in LA with depressed unemployed actors in his surgery, used to tell them helping someone would probably be better for their condition than medication!
Last year after a slow start we were really overjoyed with the many pledges we received. We know one lovely Evelien whose pledge began with the idea of picking up litter once a week from the river Maas near her home. This snowballed as first friends then others got involved and evolved into an operation called YouPickItUp. The quest even got televised and picked up some scientific help that tried to establish which businesses up river some of the plastics were coming from. For us it was a dream outcome from the lotto – the sort of outward spiral that enthusiastically committing to something positive can create.
Our idea is that you pledge to do something tangible in your daily life to help the environment or other beings. Everyone is at different points in life – maybe cutting meat intake is a real and big change for some and potentially a springboard in the future. Presently plastics are in the news and there is a tiny, yet visible, move towards veganism with new vegan businesses popping up and options on the most mainstream of menus. It doesn’t have to be an expensive fad or old news next week. Let’s jump on this shift. For ideas try checking out last year’s entries on the 2017 entries on Facebook or the 2017 holiday giveaway page.
Please think before you post! The aim is that the pledge is to be a truly tangible shift for you, effecting your behaviour in the outside world, rather than a change in the inner landscape such as a dedication to a daily meditation practice. While these very personal practice developments are massively important and undoubtedly have a huge effect on your worldly presence, they are not what we are looking for here. We are hoping to encourage a direct positive change in the world around us. Choose a realistic goal but why not stretch yourself just a little as you would during an yoga asana practice. If we feel an entry doesn’t quite hit the spot, we’ll contact you so you can make it more suitable. Yoga asana starts with obvious physical changes but more subtle mental shifts like the ones we are hoping these pledges require can be more liberating.
When Facebooking please post with the hashtags #yogarocks #positivechangeretreat especially if posting on your own wall. We need to be sure to find your entries! Otherwise post in the group event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/213700459197170/ (you’ll have to request to join the group to post here – bear with us adding you to the group) If you have no Facebook or don’t Tweet we obviously don’t want to exclude you – please enter by commenting at the bottom of this page.
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yogarocksretreat/
If Tweeting please #yogarocks #positivechangeretreat, or alternatively tweet @yogarockscrete. Twitter: https://twitter.com/YogaRocksCrete
- The holiday is for any week on our website where we still have spaces. This is an all-inclusive yoga holiday – yoga, room, food etc. It is sharing a twin room. Flights to Crete and travel to the retreat is not included. We reserve the right to offer to pay for flights and/or transfers for the winner should we feel it is appropriate.
- Competition closing date will be Sunday 21 January. We will put all entries into the draw and use a random number generator to pick the winner. The winner will be chosen by this random method rather than the best, biggest or most impressive commitment.
- If you win and already have a retreat booked with us in 2018 we’ll refund the holiday cost so you do have a free holiday or alternatively you can always choose to come twice!
If you’re feeling it please share this giveaway with would be retreaters everywhere, the more folk that get involved, the more positive change 🙂