Donna Farhi Workshop

Befriending the Body, Befriending the Self:
A Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi

May 18-22nd 2018 Edinburgh

“I use the word “yoga” to mean all those physical and verbal and emotional and meditative things I do in loving response to the needs of my body and spirit.”
~ Todd Walton, “Open Body: Creating Your Own Personal Yoga

“Working with Donna is like deep sea diving … being invited to access a deeper, more subterranean part of myself that I’m not used to spending time in. Slowing down, diving in and really allowing myself to ask questions about my physical, mental and emotional state of being.”
~ Emily Buttle, Sydney

What does it mean to be in friendship with our selves? What would it feel like to welcome all of our experience with the same acceptance and kindness we would offer a good friend? This intensive is an opportunity to develop a more compassionate and nourishing approach to your practice of Yoga. By cultivating a quality of perception that is “without an ideal” we learn to accurately gauge our physical, mental, and emotional state as well as the practices that may bring us back into balance. As we learn to perceive and trust the subtle sensation of the body, we can adapt our practice moment-to-moment in a way that is firm and disciplined yet infinitely caring of self.

Many of us unconsciously bring a quality of striving to our Yoga practice, which can play itself out as forceful self-coercion, frustration, and even injury. This intensive is a chance to learn how to befriend the body through incorporating gentle warming, hydrating and conditioning movement in preparation for safely increasing range-of-motion. We will also investigate the way in which individual differences in anatomical structure and constitution require each posture and practice to be adapted to the person. In this way your Yoga practice can become a practical tool, relevant to your unique life situation and your personal objectives. As your needs change, your Yoga practice can be in a state of continual evolution.

 Structure Of The Workshop

Each day will include the practice of guided sitting meditation and movement inquiry, gentle asana practice and Restorative Yoga, combined with a daily period of self-study and Yoga Nidra. We will explore how to meet and greet our experience in a step-by-step process that fosters self-acceptance and the ability to self-regulate. Abiding in loving friendship with ourselves we pave the way toward a greater connection with others.

Who May Attend This Workshop?

Those with at least one year of consistent Yoga practice up to teacher level are welcome to attend this intensive.

What Do I Need To Bring?

Essential: Yoga mat, 1 belt (long, wide, cotton with metal D rings) , 1 brick, 3 yoga blankets (wool or cotton), 1 thick bath towel, 1 bolster  & a Gertie Ball (you will be provided with full details on equipment when you register)

A packed lunch each day (optional), there are also plenty of cafés nearby



Friday 18th May 6.00-8.00pm
Saturday 19th May to Tuesday 22nd May
10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-5.00pm (each day)

Registration opens at 5.00pm on the Friday (please aim to be settled by 5.45pm)

Depending on numbers Donna may have two or more experienced teaching assistants to help participants integrate the material



Prince Philip Building
Surgeons Hall
Nicolson Street
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

A lovely, light filled studio space within a refurbished Georgian Building in central Edinburgh



Workshop Fee: £440

Payable by Bank Transfer

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations on or before 23rd February 2018 will be refunded minus a £50 administrative fee

Cancellations after 23rd February until 4th May 2018 will only be refunded if your place can be filled from the waitlist minus a £50 administrative fee

We regret to inform you that after 4th May 2018 no refund is available


Venue Directions and Accommodation Options

Location & Directions To The Venue

Prince Philip Building,
Surgeons Hall
Nicolson Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

The Prince Phillip Building is a lovely, light filled studio space within a refurbished Georgian building in central Edinburgh.  It can be accessed via the pillared front entrance to the Surgeons Hall opposite the Festival Theatre. Walk through the private gardens and enter the Prince Phillip building through the lobby area.

About Prince Philip Building – Deacon Suite


Location of Prince Philip Venue within the Surgeon’s Hall complex


Directions and transport routes to venue (including parking options)


Accommodation Options

The venue for the 2018 Donnah Farhi workshop, Prince Phillip Building, Surgeons Hall, is situated in the centre of Edinburgh. It is 10 minutes walk to Princes Street the main shopping area of the city, and the UNESCO world heritage ‘New Town’.  It lies in close proximity to the University of Edinburgh and straddles the old town and the south-side of Edinburgh with the Central Mosque just around the corner, making its location a vibrant and lively cultural mix of Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern cafe’s and restaurants, as well as the more traditional Scottish and British pubs and eateries.
The Royal Mile and Old Town has a large number of hotels catering for every budget, and given that Edinburgh is such a popular tourist destination a vast selection of B&B’s and self catering apartments within 10 minutes walk. For a less urban feel there are leafy suburban areas within a 20-40min walk that also offer an excellent range of hotels, B&B’s and self catering accommodation.

The following web sites are a good place to start but there are many more: (edinburgh/scotland)

Transport Links:
Edinburgh has an excellent local bus service

About Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally.  Her approach to Yoga is informed by the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows student of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers” students return to Donna’s intensives year after year to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.

Donna is the author of four contemporary classics; The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is a curricular text for teaching trainings worldwide. She has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. After four decades of practice Donna believes that Yoga is about learning to befriend our self and to be in friendship with others as a means to building greater fellowship with all of humanity. American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand on a 30- acre farm with her horses, Santosha, Liberty and Ambrosia.

Your Hosts

For many years now, Aileen Orr (  and I (Jahna Clark) have been deeply inspired and nourished by the wonderful teachings of Donna Farhi.  We are therefore delighted and honoured to be hosting her here in Edinburgh and warmly invite you to come join us for what promises to be a truly life-enriching experience.