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wide awake: a weekend yoga intensive with rachel zinman and john weddepohl

Join Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl for a weekend workshop studying the traditional teachings of the Upanishads while practicing asanas and pranayamas specifically tailored to build strength and stamina. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with two experienced and passionate practitioners and deepen your practice on every level.


28 Waters St, Rapid Creek, Darwin NT, AU 0810

Type of Event

  • Workshop

Yoga Styles



May 9 to
May 11
10:30 amto10:30 am

Friday, May 9
5.30-7.00 pm vinyasa yoga Rachel
7-8 pm potluck dinner
8-9.30 pm welcome circle and talk with John

Saturday, May 10
6.30-7.00 am pranayama
7:15-9:30 am vinyasa yoga class and meditation with Rachel
9.30-10:15 am tea/snacks
10:15-12:15 pm Self Knowledge John
12:15-1:15 pm catered lunch
1:15-3:15 pm talk with John
3:30-5:00 pm Ishta Mala and yoga nidra Rachel and John

7.30-8.30 pm Kirtan

Sunday , May 11
6.30-7.00 am pranayama
7:15-9:30 am vinyasa yoga class and meditation with Rachel
9.30-10:15 am tea/snacks
10:15-12:15 pm talk with John
12:15-1:15 pm lunch (BYO)
1:15-3:15 pm talk with John
3.30-4.30 pm Ishta Mala
4.30-5.30 pm closing circle and good byes

schedule is subject to change



$375 early bird price if paid in full by March 28.
tea and snacks are included as well as lunch on Saturday

Full Description

What gives you Resilience that you can Rely on?

The truth is Your SELF.

Your body is a beautiful thing. The best gadget you can have on the planet. Once you begin to understand your body/mind system through yoga and begin to free yourself from your conditioning, you lift the burden and expectation of happiness you have unknowingly thrust upon the world of creation and experience the freedom that is yourself. This is yoga.

To keep your body in top shape and maintain your natural resilience it is essential to understand what creates stress in the first place. You not only need a practice which strengthens, stabilizes and frees you - you need a free mind. Then you enjoy life.

about Rachel Zinman:

Rachel has been practicing yoga for 29 years and has taught for over 20. She discovered yoga at the age of 19 after being told by a chiropractor that yoga and meditation would help her back problems. She began her studies in Sydney, Australia but later moved to Byron Bay where her training continued in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. One of her first teaching engagements was as the Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, NSW.

While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor. Since her return to Australia in 2005, she has gone on to create and facilitate her own teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe.

Being passionate about Yoga and its many forms she practices Bhakti and studies Gyan Yoga (Self Knowledge) and incorporates the traditional teachings of the Upanishads, Yantra, Mantra and Mudra into her workshops and trainings with her partner and South African yoga and vedanta teacher John Weddepohl.

Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun.

Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid's Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and has since produced two more CDs with Nyck Jeanes as the band Subway Bhaktis. She now shares Kirtan nationally and Internationally with John, an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter. They are currently working on their first CD together.

She is a published poet in several anthologies including the Poetry of Yoga, which was published in 2011. She writes for mindbodygreen, yoginit, the global yogi, travel yoga and many more online magazines and most recently has developed a passion for creating short films.

To find out more about Rachel visit:

or find her on YOUTUBE:


about John Weddepohl:

John began teaching in 1969 when he opened his first yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing a successful career as a singer, international music composer and producer, John travelled to India to join his teachers with whom he has lived and studied since. It is through their grace that he has been able to assimilate the knowledge and understanding of Upanishadic wisdom and Yoga.

Urged by his teachers to share this knowledge John has started teaching Atma Vidya - Self-Knowledge - in the Advaita Vedanta tradition and lineage of Adi Shankara and to share the secrets of Asta Yoga of Agustya the yoga of the Tamil Siddhars. (Suddha Advaita)

Since leaving India John has featured as a guest teacher on the Bali Spirit and Berlin Yoga Festivals and on Teacher Trainings and workshops in Europe, Bali, India, Australia and South Africa where students love his quick wit, sense of humour and down to earth practical approach. Unusual to find an accomplished yogi who is also a knower of vedanta - a Gnani - John together with his partner international teacher trainer Rachel Zinman run retreats, workshops and teacher trainings around the world. As The Subway Bhaktas (previously Subway Bhaktis) they share their love of music in Kirtan often wherever they can.

Feeling pop yoga complicates a simple process John has formulated *Ishta-MALA, a yoga practice for life adaptable for everyday individual needs, abilities, and time constraints which is gaining a following in India, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

'Struggling to find meaning in the world eventually you discover that you are the meaning in everything. Without you what meaning? Without you there is no meaning! Long before you look for truth or meaning in the world Truth has already found you.'

Because his initiation into knowledge has taken many different forms from traditional healers- sangomas - in Africa to sadhus living on ashrams in Bihar, Orissa, Nepal, Rishikesh and Tamil Nadu John's teachings reflect these different traditions.

Spending the majority of his time abroad, John still sees Africa as home, where the connection with nature and the creation are still intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives between Byron Bay Australia and Cape Town South Africa.

You can find our more about John by visiting:

or find him on YOUTUBE:
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Music with Rachel and John on YOUTUBE