Our biology and our nervous system has evolved over a long period of time in a close relationship with nature. We find ourselves in a fast-paced competition environment 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, achieve 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 innate 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 that we do not like but to relate to these parts with an even greater intimacy and compassion. In this sense, meditation helps us gain an even 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 mind-states of deep-time and deep-space. As we learn to gather our attention, 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.
• Learning to arrive and delight in the care and intimacy of our body. By allowing the nervous system to relax we experience deep states of restedness and joy.
• Examine the workings of the inner critic and transforming our relationship with the voices that are not serving us.
• Understand the science behind stress. We will also go through studies explaining the neuroscience of mindfulness and learn evidence-based exercises to positively change your brain.
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 fluid space-time beings, inextricably interwoven through the fine strands of our breath, through the juices of our joys and tears, our wild love for life and our shared longing to care for and heal our beloved earth.
At this retreat, we will explore how to integrate our meditation practice with our desire to respond to social justice issues such as inequities of money, gender, sexual orientation, race, caste to name a few.