2019 Teaching Schedule
Apr 24-26: Opening Space: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Meditation
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
Take a few days to open up space in your body, your mind, your heart, and your busy life. Unplug your devices, unwind your nervous system, nourish your spirit, and realign yourself with your heart’s deepest values and intentions. This silent retreat offers a seamless flow of meditation in stillness and in motion. Each day includes gentle guided yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying down meditation instruction and practice; and dharma reflections and discussion. You’ll go home with powerful, practical tools for staying grounded and spacious in your daily life, while responding with wisdom and compassion to the suffering in the world and the urgent needs of our times.
May 17-24: Silent Insight Meditation Retreat (for MMTCP students)
Estes Park, Colorado
Note: This retreat is designed for past or present students in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. Others may be admitted if space allows.. During this 7-day silent meditation retreat, we will join together to quiet the mind, heal the heart and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom. The retreat days will include a daily rhythm of sitting, walking, guided meditations, daily teachings, practices of the heart and small groups with the teachers. Held in the high mountains, the retreat will offer a container of care and delicious silence.
Nourish your body, mind, and heart and reconnect with what truly matters in a silent meditation retreat that cultivates embodied presence through an integrated flow of stillness and movement. Through gentle, mindful yoga – suitable to all levels of physical ability – you’ll calm and balance your nervous system, unwinding the physical and emotional knots that can block your connection to open-hearted presence. This moving meditation supports your ability to settle into stillness, so you can see and begin to release habitual patterns of mind and heart that no longer serve you.You’ll practice meditation seated, standing, walking, and lying down—learning to find and maintain stability, ease, and balance of body and mind.
September 8-15: Coming Home to Yourself: Embodied Mindfulness Retreat for Women
Mt Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA
With our busy lives, it is easy to disconnect from what we know will bring us deep spiritual nourishment. Taking time to attend to our inner life can bring a new level of clarity and peace and guide us back to our own inner knowing. In this seven-night meditation retreat, we will dive deep into the practice of mindfulness through stillness, movement, silence and connection. Each day will be held in a container of silence supported by the tranquil and beautiful ambiance of Mt. Madonna, an intentional residential spiritual community in a yogic lineage that emphasizes selfless service, kindness, and respect for all of life. There will be periods of seated meditation, mindful yoga, walking meditation in nature, small group meetings with teachers, and teachings from the wisdom traditions woven throughout. We will include focused times each day to explore together what it means to awaken in each embodied moment of our often challenging, chaotic and beautifully sacred lives as women.
September 30-October 6: Moving Into Meditation: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Dharma
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
Nourish your body, mind, and heart in this silent retreat that blends the traditions of yoga and Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Through an integrated flow of meditation in movement and stillness, you discover that what we call “body” and what we call “mind” are different aspects of the same living presence. As you open, relax, energize, and attune your body and nervous system, you’ll learn to sustain these qualities in both your seated meditation and in the rest of your life. You’ll learn skills that can help you stay grounded, centered, and open-hearted as you take your practice off the mat and cushion and into a world that so needs it.
October 29-31: Telling Our Stories: Creative Writing and Embodied Meditation for Women as a Path to Waking Up
(non-residential—9 am-5 pm each day)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (registration link coming soon)
Like meditation, writing is a powerful way to honor and wake up to the ordinary and extraordinary moments of our human lives—in all their vulnerability, joy, hilarity, and heartbreak. Through sharing our stories, we can connect with ourselves, each other, the world we live in, and the heart of what it means to be alive. But for centuries, women’s stories have often been excluded from the spiritual canon—dismissed as too ordinary, too emotional, too wild, or too messy to contain and convey awakening wisdom. In this three-day, non-residential retreat, we will gather in a circle of women to awaken our creative energies, reconnect with our authentic voices, and express the deep truth of who we are–through the powerful combination of creative writing, embodied mindfulness meditation, and gentle movement explorations. We’ll explore creative writing as a form of meditation, sharing our work without judgment or critique. Each day will include:
Writing prompts that awaken your inner river of imagery and story and help you express it in your own authentic voice
Mindfulness meditation guidance and silent practice—sitting, walking, standing, and lying down– to connect you with your body, your heart, and your true nature
Gentle movement explorations that increase sensitivity, develop inner listening and intuition, and awaken the body’s centers and pathways of creative energy
Sharing your writing—and listening to other women’s writing—as a form of meditation, without judgment or critique
All those who identify as women are welcome. Outside of the writing sessions, the day will be held primarily in silence to preserve a meditative container for our inner work—including the opportunity for silent eating meditation over lunch.