Awakening the Mind & Freeing the Heart

A Mindfulness Retreat for Awakening to Self, Relationships and the Earth

Date: Dec 9th to Dec 14th, 2016

In order to register: Please email pause@googlegroups.com

Space is limited and will fill up soon. Registration Closes on Dec 3rd, 2016.**

Our biology and nervous system has evolved over a long period of time in a close relationship with nature. We find ourselves in a fast-paced competitive environment, compounded by technology - that our biology does not expect and this creates stress, overstimulation and even chronic levels of anxiety.

Much of our stress and restlessness stems from a sense of discontent in the mind and a lack of rootedness in the body.To add to that, the mainstream messaging in our world wants us to believe that we will feel better if we constantly do more, achieve more or accumulate more for ourselves.

This retreat is an invitation to take a sacred pause. Here you will learn to slow down, watch the movement of life with greater tenderness and a radical acceptance of ‘what is’.

A mindfulness retreat gives you the opportunity to profoundly drop inside your body and explore the subtle and mysterious layers of your subconscious. It helps you tune into your thoughts, emotions and deepest callings; opening up spaces that might block the flow of the creative force.

Mindfulness meditation is not about taming the mind, suppressing desires or even about becoming better or higher. Nor is it a grand self-improvement project. It is about allowing our authentic power, radiance and vitality to flower. Slowly this practice reveals to us our vastness, and our unique expression in the world.

Insight is found in raw human emotions. We meditate not to get rid of parts of our personality (for eg: anxiety, jealousy, fear, insecurity about our body image or shame about not being good enough at something) that we do not like about ourselves. But instead we meditate to relate to these parts with an even greater intimacy and compassion.In this sense, meditation helps us gain greater access to our emotional world and bring all parts of ourselves to this practice.

This retreat has been finely designed to offer an experience of journeying and entering together as a community into states of deep-time and deep-space. As we establish in concentration and stability of the mind, we begin to experience healing and awakening that radiates outward from the individual - to the interpersonal - to our beloved Earth and our inextricable inter-beingness

Personal Awakening

• Learning to arrive and delight in the care and intimacy of our body. 

• Examine the workings of the inner critic.

•  Look at the science behind stress and the neuroscience research behind mindfulness. 

Awakening in Relationships

• Relational Mindfulness activities will show us how to carry our practice from the cushion into the world. We learn how to offer the most precious gifts of presence, spaciousness, non-judgment and compassion to others.

• We learn to shed light into our subconscious biases, such as comparing mind, judgments, separation, competition, other-ing, projecting or performing.

• Dyads and small group activities are designed to bring attunement, deep listening and empathy in inter-personal relationships.

Awakening to the Earth and our Inter-existence

"In deep and lasting ways, when we heal ourselves, we heal the world." -Mark Nepo

We are alive at an extraordinary time in history – some call it the Great Turning. Our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. Climate change is already creating unprecedented impact on the lives of the poorest of poor. Wars are displacing millions of lives.

At this retreat, we will explore how to integrate our meditation practice with our desire to respond to ecological and social justice issues such as inequities of money, gender, sexual orientation, race or caste that are affecting our world in very real ways.