MEET LIZAAN JOUBERT
Known as Liz, or ‘Lizi’ in the Yoga Community and to her students on Retreat, she began her official Yoga journey in 2012. She is honest and open about her own journey of study of yoga, how it has changed her life and healed her. We asked Liz to tell you a little bit about herself.
“I found out what Yoga was to me during my first 200hr Teacher Training, with The Yoga People. I knew then that I was standing at the foot of that mountain, ‘rewiring’ my life. Being of service to others was a path I was walking all along – my Dharma, or path to meaning and enlightenment – which made its way clear with Yoga, a mountain I always knew I wanted to climb.
My goals have remained, with Yoga becoming my vehicle and my teacher. My philosophy is to learn from my own environment; I work through being the student.
Pawo Yoga Retreats are a Sangha (community). We enjoy Sattvic meals, sit in circles with rituals and ceremonies, practice and share life with the intention of making heart transactions and strengthening our practice. The space honours teachings and learning, always giving insight and knowledge on how to be a skillful human being and practitioner.
I select destinations for their unique energy and healing properties, on which I build the theme of the retreat. I work with highly skilled chefs and venues. I started hosting in 2016, and have received incredible responses from my weeks in Bali, Ibiza, South Africa and Mexico. My intention is to bring Retreat life into everyday for all students of Yoga.
I prefer being barefoot and love a good sunrise. I drink good coffee, I’m a potty mouth sometimes, and I write about the things that have hurt me, loved me and kept me. I enjoy sharing and eating good food. I recently tried surfing and I do Shaolin Martial Arts in my time off. I practice Ashtanga, Dharma, Rocket, Mandala and Yin Yoga. My sitting practice is my greatest vehicle. I travel to study yoga. My Retreats are my life’s work in progress, and part of a great vision to give back to all sentient beings.
Everyone is welcome. I have no intention to do anything else, other than deepen my own practice and share this with fellow students and practitioners around the world.”
"I have had the pleasure of working with over 20 yoga teachers in the last 4 years of running yoga retreats, but there is no other teacher I would prefer to work with than Lizaan Joubert.
In her nature, Lizaan is a fierce woman, who is fearless in the pursuit of creating wholehearted relationships with her students. She is honest, raw and filled with wisdom that pours out of her while on her retreats and in her classes.
Some would say her yoga retreats and classes border on an experience like going to therapy but this is exactly what makes Lizaan's retreats special and like no other. She is truly passionate about transformation and expansion of her students lives and brings her A-game to each and every retreat making it her priority that every student is given the opportunity and space to find their truth. She does this through ceremony, rituals, chakra & workshops, yoga, specific yoga based food menu's and her intuition.
Time spent with Lizaan is an investment for your life, this is a woman you won't want to live without once you've experienced her magic. She finds your soul and nurtures it for you until you are ready to do so on your own in the healthiest and most wholehearted way possible.
Kimberly Parsons - The Yoga Kitchen & Chef
THE PAWO NATURE
The word 'Pawo' derives from the Warrior Nature that resides in us, specific to Tibetan, where it literally means "The one who is brave". The Buddhists will refer this teachings is understanding the energy it requires to be brave and fierce in every breath of your life.
This Retreat Week are for all practitioners. It's a Holistic Holiday that threads all walks of life together with Yoga, contemplation and great laughter. I hope to see you at one of these Soul weeks!