Yoga Teaching

I grew up in the Jivamukti Yoga lineage. I was attracted to this method’s emphasis on developing right relationship with the earth and the practice of ahimsa, non-harming.  I’ve undertaken over 1000 hours of teacher training, as well as 9 years of teaching experience. I currently teach regular yoga classes at two Sydney yoga studios – Humming Puppy in Redfern and Union Street Yoga in Erskineville. I also hold regular events, workshops and retreats under the umbrella of my company Wild Child Moves, which marries yoga, meditation, movement, deep ecology and rewilding.

Writing

Before I came to yoga teaching, there was writing. I’ve worked in mainstream and independent media, regional newspaper publishing, research, online production and editing, as well as freelance journalism. My freelance work has been published in Australian Yoga Journal, Overland Literary Journal, Good Weekend, Yen Magazine, Dumbo Feather, Peppermint Magazine, The Drum, Sydney Morning Herald, New Matilda, The Diplomat and others.

Deep Ecology Facilitation

I hold retreats and workshops facilitating deep ecology practice in wild places, as well as working with organisations to strengthen connection, intention, resolve, and unity. I am currently undertaking a year-long Facilitator Development Course through Joanna Macy’s organisation, The Work That Reconnects. Deep Ecology brings us back to a felt sense of connection to the earth, bringing us into an animist way of experiencing the web of life – as alive, as spirit running through all things. The core practices and method formulated by environment activists, Joanna Macy, John Seed and others, focus on developing connection to one another and the living earth, as well as processing grief over the destruction being wrought, and then coming to a deeper resolve to protect the earth through activism, challenging the established structures underpinning our society, and shifting human consciousness. Many of the practices are inspired by engaged buddhism.

Activism

My activist days began in student organising and anarchist circles. I was most heavily involved in the refugee rights movement during the Howard years and more recently I spent two dangerous summers confronting Japanese whalers in Antarctica with Sea Shepherd. There is more to do.

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The thread that runs through all I do, is love for the earth, and a message of protecting life and cultivating our felt sense of connection.

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Workshops, Retreats & Events

IN WILD PRESENCE: A NATURE CONNECTION AND MEDITATION COURSE

Sydney Park, St Peters between August 31-September 21

This four-week course will take place in the urban greenspace Sydney Park in Sydney’s inner west. The course will be led by yoga teacher and deep ecology facilitator Anna Greer. Anna will share meditation and deep ecology practices that engage our senses in the world around us and bring us to a feeling of gratitude, joy and connection to the web of life. This course is to support those who are feeling the immensity of the crises of our current time and longing for a deeper connection to the natural world. Learn how to find refuge in the present moment and healing in nature.

Each session will run between 60 and 90 minutes. The structure of the course will be:

  • Saturday August 31, 9am: Honouring Interconnection
  • Saturday September 7, 9am: Gratitude and Reciprocity
  • Saturday September 14, 9am: Sitting with Broken Places and Composting Grief
  • Saturday September 21, 9am: Shapeshifting and Immersion in the Sensual World

Numbers will be limited so please sign up here💚 and also to ensure you are kept up to date about details and where and when we will meet each week. There is no cost on sign up but exchange for the sessions will be by the Buddhist practice of Dana, generosity. Give what you can – whether that’s money, homegrown herbs and vegetables, homemade goods or open presence.

>> SIGN UP HERE

Glamping Retreat with Wild Child Moves

Hunter Vally, November 15-17

Join Wild Child Moves for this glamping retreat in the Hunter Valley. This unique retreat experience will include nature based meditations, movement and deep ecology practices to reconnect our body and spirit with the wider body of the earth. We will move through the spiral of Joanna Macy’s the Work That Reconnects to process despair over the current global ecological crisis, and cultivate connection, healing, joy and determination to continue to act in our role as healers, protectors, and lovers of earth. Recharge and reconnect in beautiful natural surroundings with like-minded people. It’s going to be super special!

When: November 15-17, 2019

Where: Hunter Valley (near Dungog)

Cost: $450 includes: Glamping accommodation (bell tent, bed and bedding provided), teachings and guided practices, all meals (all vegan), campsite hire.

How To Get There: We will organise lifts and carpools, for those who don’t have car access, as the weekend gets closer. Or there is the option of taking a regional train from Central to Dungog Station and we will organise pick ups from there.

Email wildchildmoves@gmail.com to book or enquire.

About your retreat guides:

Anna Greer is a yoga teacher, writer and deep ecology/work that reconnects facilitator. Anna runs a deep ecology collective in Sydney fostering real world connections to build resilience and healing in the face of ecological collapse. After spending time involved in frontline activism, including with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society defending Antarctica’s whales, Anna is now focusing on contributing to the shift in our collective consciousness that is necessary for us to transition to a life-sustaining society.

Clare Lovelace is a yoga teacher based in Batemans Bay. Clare grew up in the secluded Herefordshire countryside in England and spent her formative years roaming around covered in mud, making friends with the trees. Clare has a fascination, love and respect for the earth that weaves through every part of her life. She believes deeply in the healing power of nature via conversation and tangible connection with the plants, animals and living Earth herself. She is passionate about sharing this love & facilitating reconnection through these sacred and ancient practices.

Clare and Anna believe that to save the world we humans need to first fall back in love with her, to become re-enchanted with the natural world, to feel a sense of intimacy and belonging in the earth. We aim to facilitate joyful, playful connections in nature through the practices of yoga, meditation, deep ecology and the work that reconnects.

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