Hong Kong is a busy place. The city can be overwhelming; it can be draining. Now is the time for a weekend of re-wilding in nature and getting reacquainted with your busy, overwhelmed self on an island with a healing group of women. The vision to create a container dedicated to exploring ways of more sustainable practices of living is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. The Garden Gathering women’s retreat is a place for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or body size. It brings together like-minded women and those who are curious to practice new ways of living that are aligned to be in harmony with the Earth.
The Garden takes place on October 13th–15th on the brand-new Sai Yuen Farm on Hong Kong’s charming fisherman village of Cheung Chau. This three-day event celebrates connection to nature, lineage, culture and ancestry of Eastern traditions passed on through the generations.
Sai Yuen Farm is ideal for people both accustomed to camping and first-time adventurers. Glamping accommodation is available onsite, inclusive of hard-wooden floors and beds set-up with mattresses and linens. There’s even air conditioning!
The Gathering will be open to both women and children, and dozens of ‘Gardeners’ will share their classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. Morning meditation and yoga, nutritious meals and a range of offerings from international healers, heart-centred practitioners, permaculture gardeners, body workers and local artisans will nourish, teach and guide. Evenings will be shared around a bonfire while sharing songs of past cultures under the Moon.
Connect with dozens of “gardeners” and skillsharers
Bibi McGill—Beyonce’s Lead Guitarist and International Yogini Ambassador Bibi McGill is all set to raise the vibe with several offerings and sharing her music.
Brooke and Shola—hailing from The Golden Drum—a Sacred Arts Institute in New York—Brooke and Shola will be guiding a class on how to make Native American Medicine Drum from scratch the ancient way.
Lisa Christensen—Editor-in-Chief, Founder & CEO of Ecozine and Refined Travellers, Lisa is also the Hong Kong Cleanup global commentator on environment, entrepreneurialism, wellness and mindfulness. Lisa wants to inspire people and companies to change the world through conscious collaboration.
Sudevi Sundari—Yogi Sudevi Sundari has over 20 years’ teaching experience. In 2013 she was awarded her Grand Master Hatha Yogini initiation and registered under Yoga Alliance International. Sudevi’s skillshare is the 5Rhythms Dance: a dynamic movement practice that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
Jasmine Nunns—Jasmine is certified in ICF Professional Coaching, Permaculture Design, Mindfulness for educators and a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide. Experience guided therapy forest walks with Jasmine and understand why the Japanese have coined shinrin yoku, or “Forest Bathing“.
Since we have tracked into this movement, serendipitous connection has become a daily occurrence.
—May Nogoy, Garden Gathering Co-founder and renowned yoga instructor
May Nogoy—Along with Resham Daswani of SPIRAL SPACES, a platform dedicated to sharing Tea Ceremony and Meditation, May has been inspired by her own lineage and stories to tell, as well as other gatherings around the world, to create a community of sisterhood in this city life of hustle and bustle.
No experience necessary, and all are welcome. The Garden Gathering is not without intent. This is a beautiful opportunity to retreat into nature and realign to more simpler ways of living. Garden Gathering is a safe, intimate place for women to start supporting and empowering each other, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Refined Travellers ticket offer
Tap into the Garden Gathering website to REGISTER NOW or email organisers for more information about this three-day event. Refined Travellers and Ecozine readers can enjoy a 20% discount off the three-day ticket with this Discount Code: ecozinegarden.
Written By: Adriane Rysz