Mindful Yoga and Meditation
Meditation & Yoga Retreat:
Awakening Body, Mind and Heart
With Anne Cushman, Janice Gates, and Jill Satterfield
June 23-28, 2017
Join us for this unique retreat led by three senior teachers who have been at the leading edge of integrating yoga and Buddhism for decades. We bring our hard-earned wisdom and down on the ground experience of how these practices can support us – not just on the mat or cushion, but in the nitty gritty of daily life.
This will be a timely opportunity to step away not only from the busyness of our lives but from the turbulence and uncertainty of the world, the endless barrage of information, news and social media. Come to this peaceful retreat in the redwoods, take refuge, find your center, connect with your deepest values and access a source of inner empowerment so you can go out into the world refreshed and renewed as an agent of kindness, healing and transformation. We’ll draw on the deep well of yoga and dharma to access and cultivate the ancient qualities that traditionally support awakening– mindfulness, investigation, energy, happiness, calm, concentration, and equanimity.
This retreat will also include an optional mentoring track for teachers interested in integrating yoga and mindfulness in their teaching, see below.
Each day will be a seamless integration of movement, stillness, silence and connection unwinding the patterns of body and mind that inhibit our flow of aliveness with time for exploring how you can live more fully in harmony with what is most meaningful in your own life.
Includes dynamic and receptive yoga sessions, pranayama, walking and seated meditation and guided self-reflections woven with the wisdom teachings of yoga and Buddhism. There will be plenty of time to enjoy walking through the ‘enchanted forest’ at Land of Medicine Buddha, or simply be. Social silence will be held throughout the majority of the retreat, with time for getting to know the community of like hearted others as well.
These daily afternoon sessions are folded into the retreat – an invitation to dive a little deeper, lean into your edge and develop as a practitioner, as a teacher and as a human being. The safe container of a small group of like-minded practitioners and the support of three seasoned and compassionate guides creates this potent environment for inner and outer growth. The focus of these sessions will be working with both the practical and deeper dimensions of yoga and mindfulness in an integrated, embodied and down to earth way.
You will have an opportunity to clarify your intentions, work with patterns that may not be serving you and learn new tools for deepening your own practice and teaching. The sessions will be tailored to the needs of those attending (we will be sending out a questionnaire prior to the retreat to prioritize topics) and may include:
- how to skillfully integrate the spiritual aspects of yoga and Buddhism
into your teaching in a down to earth, grounded way
- navigate the complexities of the teacher-student relationship
- keep your teaching creative, juicy and engaging for your students and for yourself
- integrate mindfulness into any style of yoga: strong flow, gentle/restorative and anything in between
- intelligently and effectively sequence your classes
- incorporate meditation into your offerings
- make a living while staying true to your values and vision
- adapt your yoga to different contexts and environment
- design daylongs, retreats, and other in-depth offerings that support your students development
- avoid burnout
Our retreat will be held at Land of Medicine Buddha in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains on 108 acres of ancient redwood groves and sunny oak meadows. Enjoy the pure energy of this sacred land with many areas for contemplation and mediation, surrounded by prayer wheels, Buddhist statues, temples and the ‘Enchanted Forest’.
Please arrive close to 4:00 on Friday, June 23rd to land, arrive, settle into your room and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature. Dinner will be at 6:00 followed by our first evening session. Departure is on Wednesday, June 28th at 11:00am.
Fees include accommodations, all teachings and delicious vegetarian meals featuring seasonal local produce and mostly organic ingredients inspired by diverse global cuisines.
All guest rooms have private bathrooms.
Cancellation Policy: Once the deposit or the balance has been paid, cancellations must be made in writing via email. If you cancel up to three months before the retreat, we charge a $200 cancellation fee per person. No refunds for cancellations within three months of the program. No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat. All refunds will be processed within two weeks after the end of the retreat.