Being Enlightened Community Local Retreat
Time & Location
About The Event
One spot remaining (shared occupancy)!
Join me on a peaceful weekend retreat experience at the Windhorse Center, nestled in the beautiful kettles of Plymouth, WI, November 30- December 2nd, 2018.
These intimate (12 attendee) retreats provide an opportunity and a container for undertaking deeper spiritual practice. The central technique is mindfulness, which empowers us to discover a freedom of heart in the midst of any and all experiences. The mindfulness practice is complemented by training in integrative movement/ yoga, social and compassion meditation techniques. Students of all backgrounds, experience and abilities are welcome to attend. May we all honor exactly where we are on the path.
Meditation and yoga offer us tools that help us to create a culture of compassion and collaboration beyond the yoga mat and cushion. In retreat, we practice, discuss and learn to more fully understand that inner transformation and social awakening are one.
Shared room: $325 | Single room: $375*, price includes all lodging, meals and practice.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is due, once accepted, to hold your spot. Full tuition is due within 45 days of invoice receipt. You will receive an invoice via email once accepted. Cancellation must be made within 2 weeks to receive a partial refund of your tuition. Special conditions may be applied in the event of emergency.
*Few single rooms available; first come, first serve.
Please note, your application is not guaranteed. Click to register and fill-out required questions. It is not required to have a previous yoga or meditation practice. You will receive an email confirming your acceptance. <3
What to pack: Allow yourself plenty of time to pack and prepare for your retreat weekend. Consider the weather forecast, as periods of practice will occur outdoors. Pack layers and appropriate shoes for hiking in the forest. Bring bright orange hats in the fall/ early winter for trekking in the forest. Slippers and socks are beneficial for indoors during the cooler months. Bring one bath towel.
Sitting Meditation: Sitting meditation rests at the heart of retreats. In sitting practice stillness develops, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. We train the heart to bring kindness and compassion for all that arises. All levels and experience is welcome.
Mindful Movement/ Yoga: The foundation of this gentle and safe practice combines the physical with an inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement and meditative awareness, we unearth an understanding of the interdependency of all these aspects in your personal health and wellbeing. We begin to shake free burden, distress and tension stored deeply within the connective tissues of the body. As we release, we also unburden the mind and heart.
Walking Meditation: May we learn to walk gently on the earth. On retreat, periods of walking meditation are offered. Just as in sitting meditation, where attention is brought to the breath, in walking meditation, mindfulness is cultivated by resting the attention on sensations of the body in motion. Sometimes a slow, careful, practice walk is taught. At other times retreatants are encouraged to walk more leisurely or move at whatever speed cultivates mindfulness for them.
Eating Meditation: An awareness of food, and the mindful understanding of the entire process of nourishment and eating is often included in the practice at retreats. On retreat, carefully prepared vegetarian-organic meals are curated by local chef Adam Lucks. Gluten and lactose free options will be available to honor common allergies and food intolerance. Retreatants may assist in meal preparation and clean up. Meals are served at approximately 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Snacks are available at anytime.
Talks: Talks are the vocal heart of a retreat. Throughout the schedule, I will present a different set of teachings from a variety of spiritual lineages, offering ways to apply them to our own experience. Talks focus on retreat practice and mindful living in the world. The teachings are not beliefs but rather for students to consider and use in ways that bring benefit to their daily lives.