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.

Irini Rockwell
To lead others, we must know ourselves, where we shine and where we get stuck. Some situations bring out the best of who we are; in others we can’t get out of our own way. During more →

Natural Brilliance: Leading from Within

Irini Rockwell

January 23–25, 2015
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 buddha was covered with bits more →

Bowing to the Sacred Within

Monique Illona and Blane Allen

February 6–8, 2015
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
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 for the Seasons: Spring Qigong

Ron Davis

February 13–15, 2015
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
  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
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 →

Mindful Hiking: Waking up to the Wild

Kay Peterson

July 24–27, 2015
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 31–August 2, 2015
  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