The Hero’s Journey – an intensive training in support of individual growth. With Michael Hamilton, Sabine Glück and guest teacher Sascha Delberg
This intensive training is offered to experienced Yogis and Yoga teachers. The participants are encouraged to and supported in a deeply contemplative investigation of the different practice methods of Yoga.
The training is based on Yogic and Buddhist philosophy, complemented with approaches from western psychology, and the emphasis is on personal development and less on theoretical training. This provides an opportunity to engage in a journey of self-exploration oriented towards deepening one’s practice and broadening one’s understanding of an individual path towards personal development and growth.
The training consists of 7 weekend modules at Ljus Studio Zürich and closes with a retreat week at Metta Villa in France. The group size is limited to 14 participants.
Dates and location
Module 1: February 10-12, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 2: March 10-12, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 3: April 14-16, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 4: May 12-14, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 5: June 23-25, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 6: July 14-16, 2023 Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 7: September 1-3, 2023 at Ljus Studio Zürich
Module 8 (Retreat week): September 24-October 1, 2023 at Metta Villa in France
Friday from 9:00-11:45 and 13:30-17:45
Saturday from 13:30-18:15
Sunday from 8:30-13:00
Module 8 (Retreat week)
Arrival on September 24, 2023 in the evening
Departure on October 1, 2022 in the morning
Requirements for attending
• At least 3 years of regular Yoga practice
• Some knowledge of Yogic and/or Buddhist philosophy acquired e.g. in a Yoga Teacher Training, self-study or similar
• Physical and mental health
• English (Sabine and Sascha can offer German translation)
• Acceptance of Michael or Sabine based on a personal interview
The course rate is CHF 3’950.-
Payment is as follows:
CHF 500 upon application and acceptance (reservation fee)
CHF 3’450 before January 30, 2023
• All supporting text material for the different modules
Not included are:
• Cost for board and accommodation in double or triple bed rooms at Metta Villa 770 Euro per week (110 Euro p.d) or 1330 Euro per week (190 Euro p.d.) for a single room.
• Travel cost to France
For applications, questions and other concerns please email email@example.com
Content of each module
Module 1: Foundations in Mind, Heart and Body Yogic Practice
February 10-12, 2023, with Michael, Sabine and Sascha
In this module we will build a foundation from which to explore the practice methods that support participants on their personal path towards a deeper understanding and the cultivation of their inherent heart qualities.
In the theoretical part, we introduce the Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truth and the Eightfold Noble Path and discuss its meaning in the context of our modern life.
This module is the starting point of a journey. We get in touch with one another and start growing together as a group which opens up a sacred space arisen out of trust to support each individual on their personal journey.
Module 2: The forces within us
March 10-12, 2023, with Michael, Sabine and Sascha
This module is dedicated towards clarity of one’s individual motivation and intention for the practice. In contemplation and reflection, we move closer to what truly matters to us and what our heart longs for. We gently touch on individual tendencies and investigate how these shape the ways we look at ourselves and the world around us. Informed by a deeper understanding of the internal forces driving us, we encourage participants to connect to an intuitive and personal approach towards the manifestation of their vision.
To support us in this exploration, we introduce e.g. Kleshas as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
Module 3: Playfully approaching the individual practice
April 14-16, 2023, with Michael and Sabine
The third module is a playful exposition of and a deeper dive into the different orientations towards Asana, Pranayama/Kriyas, and Meditation in order to connect participants to an experiential understanding of the different approaches. Enriched by theoretical knowledge on Asana sequencing, different aspects of the meditation practice as well as approaches to classical Pranayama practice, this module gives Yogis concrete tools to keep up a purposeful practice at home.
Theoretically we will base this weekend on inspiration from e.g. the Krishnamaycharya traditions (Ashtanga, Iyengar), teachings from the Bhagavad Gita and the three turnings of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana).
Module 4: Awakening to wisdom
May 12-14, 2023, with Michael and Sabine
This module is dedicated to the teachings of natural wisdom that reaches beyond a conceptual mind. Letting body, mind and heart be our guides, there is the potential to discover that natural presence is always and already here and profound transformation can occur by resting in just simply being.
The Satipatthana Sutta, Heart Sutra and other Buddhist texts are introduced with the aim to broaden our understanding and encourage the inner exploration.
Module 5: Re/vision
June 23-25, 2023, with Michael and Sabine
In this module the participants are encouraged to pause and reflect on the past weeks. How did my individual practice unfold? What creates resonance, what resistance? How do I connect to the motivation that keeps my practice steady? Does the practice lead me closer to my vision and heart wishes? Where do I want to go from here? How can I dedicate my life energy to the wellbeing of me and other beings?
Module 6: Unleashing inherent heart qualities
July 14-16, 2023, with Michael and Sabine
This weekend’s focus are the traditions emphasizing and the practices cultivating inherent heart qualities such as compassion, patience and kindness. Participants are guided to familiarize themselves with their inner landscape and find ways to move closer to the resources that touch their life and the life of the people around them in a beautiful way.
To support us in this weekend’s dialogue and practice we draw inspiration from texts such as The Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva).
Module 7: Working with difficult emotions
September 1-3, 2023, with Michael and Sabine
The seventh weekend focuses on working with difficult emotions. The practice offers a safe space to confront us with difficulties and with that, opens up the opportunity to learn and discover skillful means when encountering distress. Methods from Essential Psychotherapy (approach integrating psychotherapeutic work with Buddhist mind training) are introduced, which invite us to embrace healing and stimulate inner maturity through self-exploration.
Module 8: Retreat week
September 24-October 1, 2023 at Metta Villa in France, with Michael and Sabine
This week is an invitation to unplug, slow down, relax and integrate the practices and experiences of the past months. A long morning practice in silence, the surrounding nature and sharing this experience with a group of likeminded practitioners support us in further cultivating a gentle awareness. There will be enough time for walks, swimming, discovery trips into the surroundings.
Biographies of the teachers
Growing up in apartheid South Africa led Michael to an early interest in the topic of individual and collective hardship and awakened within him the yearning to address and confront the challenges it brings.
In his youth it spurned him on to political activism and rebellion, sublimated through studies in art and literature, which additionally offered helpful glimpses into the human condition. The discovery of Buddhism in his twenties brought about dramatic life changes resulting in his departure from the west to the east and long years of studies in yoga and Buddhism in Asia. After discovering satipatthana meditation with its direct application of mindfulness to progressive stages of development, he started studies in short- and long-term retreat formats with Sayday U Vivekananda.
Currently Michael is undergoing a 3-year course in essential psychology, which combines skillful methods developed in psychology with the Buddhism teachings on wisdom, in order to better facilitate development and healing in individuals and small groups. He is deeply grateful to all those that have helped and guided him on his path, particularly Daido Roshi for his acts of kindness, Vivekanada and Baddhamanika for their endless patience, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for their insights into approaching practice, Doug Keller for therapeutic body awareness and Wolfgang Erhard and Lama Lhündrup for awakening the Bodhisattva spirit within.
Michael lives with his wife Sabine Glück in Ticino, Switzerland. For more information please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com
Sabine is a Yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher and is co-directing the Center of Mindfulness in Zurich. She has practiced and studied avidly since 2010. Her love and commitment to spiritual practice influences her life and what she shares as a teacher.
Sabine honors her primary teachers of Hatha and Classical Yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Michael Hamilton and Doug Keller as well as U Vivekananda and Baddhamanika for their compassionate and wise guidance in meditation practice.
She holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Zurich and is a certified MBSR teacher (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). Currently Sabine is absolving a 3-years training in Essential Psychotherapy, an approach integrating psychotherapeutic methods and Buddhist wisdom.
Sabine lives in a remote valley in Ticino, Switzerland. She is regularly retreating for longer practice periods.
The discovery of Yoga opened up a path in which Sascha trusts, which nurtures and calms him and supports introspection. At the same time, it is a challenging path through which he grows and changes.
Sascha is fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from and at times assist many respected teachers over longer periods of time. He is a long-term student of Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, who influence him deeply. He is lucky to have studied Pranayama in person from different sources, including O.P. Tiwari, Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman, which allowed him to have a broader view on this exciting tool for his inward quest. Sascha’s understanding grew with his own exploration and with teaching others. Personally, he experiences Pranayama as soothing and nourishing for the mind and clarity promoting.
Sascha is inspired by his meditation teachers Stephen and Martine Batchelor, who guided him in continuously looking deeper within. In the last years he attended several meditations retreats including one-month retreats. Currently, he is interested in the application of therapeutic intervention through Yoga, which he learned from Doug Keller.
Sascha co-directs the Yogawerkstatt in Vienna together with his wife Romana, he teaches courses, workshops and trainings emphasizing different aspects of Yoga in Austria and abroad. In his teaching he combines precision, depth and dry humor. He experiences the teaching of Yoga and being of service to others as deeply healing and he is profoundly grateful to his students. For more information, please visit www.yogawerkstatt.at/sascha-delberg/