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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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
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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

July 24–26, 2015
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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-III

Acharya Dale Asrael

July 24–28, 2015
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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: 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
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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: 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
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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: Level V

Eva Wong

July 30–August 1, 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
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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
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Explore the Taoist Arts This experiential workshop will introduce Taoist practices to cultivate a healthy body and peaceful mind.   We will begin by practicing qigong exercises that are designed to activate and circulate qi (the energy more →

Taoism: The Art of Living

Eva Wong

September 18–20, 2015
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The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based postures. Tiger Leopard Dragon Snake & Crane Totaling forty-eight qigong movements, these animal forms train the practitioner to use more →
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The Secret Power of Counter-poses Hidden within every yoga posture is a secret—the counter-pose. The counter-pose protects, nurtures, and allows us to deepen our practice. In a yoga sequence, poses are balanced by counter-poses, which are more →