Meditation & Philosophy Weekend Workshop

with Carlos Pomeda

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Oct 12th - 14th 



Join us for an unforgettable weekend with Carlos Pomeda! A highlight of the 2018 Grassroots event calendar. Explore meditation and yoga philosophy with an experienced teacher who can enrich your understanding and experience of the mysteries of Tantra.  


Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India.

During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition. We are incredibly lucky to host him here in Christchurch to share his passion and insight into these specialist topics. He has been an honoured guest of the Grassroots community for over 5 years.

5 Sessions to expand your awareness and understanding of how to live your yoga.

Session 1: Integrating Yoga into Daily Life 

FRIDAY 6-9 pm

One of the wonderful challenges of yoga practice is how to integrate
it with the rest of our lives—how do we make our entire life into a yoga practice, so we can grow in self-awareness and fulfilment? This workshop explores the inner dynamics of the journey and provides helpful, practical guidance to do just that.  

Session 2 & 3: The inherent joy of life - Tantric reading of the Bhagavad Gita

SATURDAY 12-2.30 pm & 3.30-6 pm 

Where can we draw inspiration for our yoga practice? And where can we turn to for advice? In India, these questions have often been answered in the form of the Bhagavad Gita, one of the foundational texts of the yoga tradition. Written in a simple style, yetprofound; inspiring, yet practical, the Gita has shown for generations and generations of yogis and seekers the key to the integration of yoga into our daily lives. In its pages we will find how love, knowledge and action can be the very means by which we access the highest experience. By offering various approaches, the Gita shows how to infuse with meaning, depth and joy not only our practice, but the rest of our lives as well. In this seminar we will tap into the vitality of this classic, and we will do so by drawing from a unique tantric understanding, guided by the masterful commentary of Abhinavagupta, the foremost exponent of Kashmiri Tantra. Even if you have read or studied the Gita before, the insights contained in this commentary are unique. Carlos is a world renown scholar of the Gita.

Session 4: Shiva Shakti 

SUNDAY 10.30-1.30 pm 

The male and female archetypes, these powerful images of yoga mythology offer insights, inspiration and guidance for the central goal of yoga: the expansion of our awareness. Suitable for yogis of all levels of study. In a lively and engaging format, this workshop seeks to ground these powerful archetypes through the use of traditional story-telling, visualizations, asana and meditations. Asana will be all levels accessible yoga guided by Veronica King.

Session 5: Sex, Love & Yoga

SUNDAY 2.30-5.30 pm 

Sexuality occupies a very important part of our lives, yet mature discussions of its connection to yoga are often lacking. Simply put: What happens to sexuality on the path of yoga? What is the role of sexual energy? How can we use sexuality as a way to revitalize body and soul, instead of depleting them?
Similarly, the topic of love is everywhere in our culture, yet often treated superficially, or as a matter of gratification. But, what is love, truly? And how can we connect we our heart; how can we fully experience the infinite ocean of love that dweels in every human heart? How can we fill our lives with love and let it grow?
These and other questions will be the focal point of our exploration. Drawing amply from the depths of traditional yoga sources, as well as our own modern experience, we will learn to avoid the pitfalls of jealousy, guilt and narcissism, among others, while learning how to nurture the fullness of the heart. Join us for this vital exploration.

INVESTMENT: $65 for Single sessions or $295 for all 5 sessions 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: Full weekend registration is via email Payment is via internet banking or by arrangement at the studio. Single session bookings can either be processed via email, in reception or online via our SCHEDULE PAGE.

More about Carlos:

Carlos currently lives in the US, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.

As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.

For information on his DVD series “The Wisdom of Yoga” and other forthcoming titles, and more information about Carlos' work visit 



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