Counterpose: The Art of Yoga & Meditation

Katharine Kaufman

October 19–21, 2018

Tuition $195 + 2 nights

Hidden within every yoga posture is a secret—the counter­pose. It protects, nurtures, and allows us to deepen our practice. In a yoga sequence, poses are balanced by companion postures, in the simplest form, their opposites. The job of a counter­pose is to create equanimity, and agreement in the body/mind.

In this autumn weekend retreat we will immerse ourselves in the playful exploration of the counter­pose within the yoga and meditation practice, as well as practice aimless wandering and the four postures of meditation to help balance our active lives! Expect to emerge from the weekend with a rich understanding of the counterpose through stillness and movement. By practicing this way we can then discover the relevance of the counter­pose in all areas and postures of our lives.

What We’ll Explore:

  • Counterposes in yoga & life
  • Body oriented sitting meditation practice
  • Walking meditation & aimless wandering
  • Insight into one’s own nature
  • Balance
  • Four postures of meditation
  • Listening deeply to the body/mind

Katharine Kaufman

Katharine Kaufman teaches Yoga, meditation, writing workshops, and contemplative dance in Boulder County and at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. She studied Yoga in Mysore, South India, and taught for many years at The Yoga Workshop and Studio Be in Boulder. Katharine is an adjunct professor at Naropa University. She holds MFAs in Performance/Choreography and Writing/Poetics. Katharine is priest ordained in the Soto Zen lineage of Kobun Chino and Vanja Palmers, Roshis.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2 - 5 pm on your program start date. (Please note that this differs from our usual arrival times.) All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.