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.
There's a Buddhist belief that a genuinely loving relationship is the practice for which all other practices are preparation. This weekend couple's yoga and meditation retreat explores romantic partnership as an opportunity for spiritual awakening and more →
Keith Kachtick and Camilla Figueroa
September 12–14, 2014
In this program, you will begin a heightened training in circulating internal energy according to seasonal changes and through specific channels in the body. The following qigong systems will be taught: 1. Outer qigong forms from more →
October 1–5, 2014
Bodily sickness, like all suffering, has real, discoverable causes. The cause is not cancer, colitis, weak adrenals, or a lowered immune system. The cause of our health problems is the innocent misuse of our own body more →
Charley Cropley, N.D.
October 3–5, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: The dates for this program have changed. (Previously scheduled: August 8-10th, 2014) Cultivate deep awareness of your body and learn to uncoil obstructions to find greater freedom. During this rejuvenating retreat, we will discover more →
November 7–9, 2014
In the practice of meditation, what you do with your body is every bit as important as what you do with your mind. During this retreat, we will explore the conditions of body that naturally deepen more →
November 14–16, 2014
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 is more →
November 14–16, 2014
One way to make sense of our varied and complex lives is to begin or end each day with yoga and meditation practice in our own homes, hotel rooms, or offices. But how do we start? more →
November 21–23, 2014
Discover the powerful healing arts of Tibet through Sowa Rigpa, an ancient holistic practice spanning thousands of years. During this weekend retreat, we will learn how to return harmony to our body and mind by refining more →
December 12–14, 2014
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo
February 27–March 1, 2015