Body Awareness

For centuries, ancient cultures knew what today’s scientific community is only beginning to acknowledge: a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, and vice versa. Our Body Awareness programs draw upon body and mind practices from venerable lineages hundreds of years old, yet backed by modern scientific evidence.

In ancient India and China, exercise and meditation were inseparable pathways to enlightenment. Today, the powerful techniques of meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong provide antidotes to daily stress and offer lasting holistic benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Similarly, walking, hiking and running are frequently hailed as good means of physical exercise, as well as forms of moving meditation that clear the mind and improve one’s spirit.

Scientific research has revealed that an intimate connection exists between the health of the body and the state of our mind. True healing can only take place when we have the capacity to open to and relate to our bodies, minds and hearts. Our Body Awareness programs allow participants of all levels to explore and deepen the intimate relationship between mind and body in a safe, nurturing and natural environment.

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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED Somewhere between the 13th and 14th century, a buddha statue was built in Sukathai, Thailand. It was tall, 9.5 feet in height, and it was heavy, weighing 5.5 tons. This plaster more →

Bowing to the Sacred Within

Monique Illona and Blane Allen

February 6–8, 2015
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Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns and stories. When we learn to fully inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we can know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. To do this, we will practice sitting meditation, more →

Precious Knowing: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women

Katharine Kaufman

February 11–15, 2015
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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are part of nature. When the energy changes in nature, it changes within us as well. If we wish to be naturally healthy we must stay in harmony with seasonal more →

Qigong for the Seasons: Spring Qigong

Ronald Davis

February 13–15, 2015
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Medical science, the Tibetan Medical Tantras, and the yogis of old agree that breathing is the key to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Modern Tibetan master Anyen Rinpoche calls the breath "the dynamic link between body, more →

Tibetan Yoga of Breath

Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

February 27–March 1, 2015
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  At the root of all our fears lies the fear of death – our own and our loved ones. How would we live our lives differently if we contemplated and even practiced this ultimate letting more →

Savasana: Exploring Our Death to Liberate Our Lives

Elysabeth Williamson and Margery McSweeney

March 13–15, 2015
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We have all had moments or days that flow well. This delightful motion may begin in what the yogis call “nadis," or energetic channels, which run throughout our bodies. Our individual rhythms are unique and in more →

FLOW: Meditation and Yoga

Katharine Kaufman

April 10–12, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Work is about relationships. To be an effective professional, you can't take for granted they will always go well. During this workshop, we will engage the Five Wisdoms as a tool for working with others: seeing more →
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Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-II

Acharya Dale Asrael

April 24–26, 2015
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We are part of nature. When the energy changes in nature, it changes within us as well. If we wish to be naturally healthy we must stay in harmony with seasonal changes. Qigong for the Seasons more →

Qigong through the Seasons: Summer Qigong

Ronald Davis

May 8–10, 2015
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Discover Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, an authentic and living tradition of working with the three gates of body, speech, and mind. During this retreat, we will explore a unique series of positions and more →

Yantra Yoga

Luke Karamol

May 15–17, 2015
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Embodied Listening is an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our lives and relationships. When we learn to listen deeply to ourselves, we also become more open and more →

Embodied Listening

David Rome and Hope Martin

May 15–18, 2015
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Calling all women who do too much! This spring retreat, based on Sara's best-selling book, will offer you a safe respite from your busy life. It brings together a tribe of like-minded women who are longing more →

The Way of the Happy Woman: Silent Spring Retreat

Sara Avant Stover

May 21–24, 2015
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Like the snow melting to reveal vast meadows ripe with the promise of wildflowers, we too can shed the layers of past seasons and old habits to make way for new possibilities in our lives. By more →

Waking up to the Wild: Nature Walks

Kay Peterson

May 29–31, 2015
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Discover the power of compassionate awareness by bringing mindfulness into your daily life. During this nourishing retreat, we will embrace our vulnerabilities and allow them to safely guide us into expansive ease. By practicing the art more →

Lila Yoga Mindfulness Retreat

Erica Kaufman

June 4–7, 2015
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Like trees in the forest or fish in the sea, we have an innate ability to live in greater harmony with our environment. While trying to navigate our busy, high-tech world, we can develop habits of mind more →

Waking up to the Wild: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

July 24–27, 2015
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Please Note: Levels I-III are led by Dale Asreal and levels IV-V are led by Eva Wong Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-V

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 24–August 1, 2015
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-II

Acharya Dale Asrael

July 24–26, 2015
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-III

Acharya Dale Asrael

July 24–28, 2015
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level III

Acharya Dale Asrael

July 26–28, 2015
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Please Note: Level III is led by Dale Asreal and levels IV-V are led by Eva Wong Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels III-V

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 26–August 1, 2015
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level IV

Eva Wong

July 28–30, 2015
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Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four more →

Women’s Summer Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

July 29–August 2, 2015
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level V

Eva Wong

July 30–August 1, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Creating healthy and enlivened work environments requires action. During this dynamic workshop, we will learn profound and practical approaches to working with others through skillful communication and effective action. Through experiential learning modalities, you learn to more →

Natural Brilliance in Action

Irini Rockwell

August 3–9, 2015
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  This popular retreat is based on Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s best-selling book, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind. Geared for runners, walkers, and other athletes, the book offers fresh more →

Running with the Mind of Meditation

Cynthia MacKay, Marty Kibiloski and Tarah Cech

September 4–7, 2015
Elysabeth Williamson
Bring your beloved to a fun-filled, spiritually uplifting, restorative and invigorating weekend of Partner Yoga for couples. As we practice connecting in a joyful, open way, we find more ease and balance in our relationships. Deepen more →

Coming Home to Compassion: Partner Yoga for Couples

Elysabeth Williamson

September 4–6, 2015