Clairobscur | Calling The Light
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A film by Pete Longworth and Jen Raoult

Music by Arli Liberman

Yoga & Meditation retreat

june/ july 2016, Paros, Greek Island

A ring of islands strewn across the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades are exceptional for their raw beauty. In 2016, a group of yogis journeyed to the Cycladic Island of Paros to share six days of yoga and meditation at the Okreblue eco retreat. Among the island’s cedar forests, sand dunes, and secret sea coves, practitioners were led through daily modalities by teachers Zeyneb from Turkey’s Cihangir Yoga and Konstantinos from Bhāvanā Yoga in Greece, and Elena Brower of New York.


‘Calling The Light’ is ClairObscur’s homage to that retreat. Shot by Jen Raoult and Pete Longworth, this footage offers an intimate experience of early-morning asana classes, shared pranayama, and meditation. Mirroring the practices of yoga itself, ‘Calling The Light’ also presents an in-depth exploration of the body’s movement and architecture. An evocative showreel, this promotional material has performed well online, and inspired other retreats to produce their own collateral.

It’s light. It’s there. It’s alive. It’s aware.
You press the buttons, you make it nice. We just give instructions,
and give the time to listen.
We all do this practice to reveal more clarity;
in every detail of our physiology,
t r a n s p a r e n c y
is called for.
Be awake, be clear. Notice each time you lose your awareness and start thinking…
This is the energy we’re seeking, that feeling, post-practice, when the birds seem to
be singing more melodically,
and my heart softens to pulsate the truth in me, so softly.
A flipped wrist, a bent knee, a soft word, praying for ease
A held pose, a fresh laugh, a kind smile, hug me please
and let me take in this light again, and now again,
let me remember this sunshine, these tastes, these friends.
This is life. This is light. This is on. This is right.
This is showing me that I can go back to the default world
and bring our radiance to the darkest night.
Calling the light of awareness
addressing the humble apprentice
opening the mind to the quietness
sitting gratefully in my heart to the Source of this
h o l i n e s s
that which I can see, that which is unseen,
that which I’m becoming and of course,
that which I’m being.


Elena Brower