Awakened Body, Awakened Mind: Nondualism, Yoga, Neuroscience, and Meditation

Michael W. Taft and Nataraja Kallio

June 7–14, 2019

Tuition $350 + 7 nights


Michael W. Taft

Nataraja Kallio

Join us for a deep dive into the natural wisdom, aliveness, and awakening found within our bodies and minds. Conjoining somatic practices and meditation drawn from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, we will explore ways of rediscovering awakening through an integrated practice. Modern neuroscience and these ancient teachings both point to the constructed nature of selfhood, the delusion that the ego is our true nature. When we “deconstruct ourselves” through meditative inquiry and connecting with the wisdom of the body, it is possible to touch the truth of our nondual nature directly and powerfully.

Retreat Objectives
  • Learn restorative and enlivening somatic practices of asana (for every body), pranayama (breath practices for accessing the subtle aspects of the nervous system), and yoga nidra (somatic meditation)
  • Learn specific techniques for pointing out and uncovering the constructed nature of selfhood, and revealing the awakened presence
  • Understand traditional teachings and practices on no-self, as well as modern neuroscientific viewpoints
  • Learn foundational practices of Dream Yoga, for ways to integrate practice into sleep time
  • Benefiting from personal guidance in meditation practice
  • Powerful days of deep practice, peacefulness, and community


Michael W. Taft

Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher and bestselling author. As a mindfulness coach, he specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training in groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek, and Nondualism, as well as the founding editor of the popular blog “Deconstructing Yourself.”

Nataraja Kallio

Nataraja Kallio is a professor of Yoga Studies at Naropa University and has been a student of Yoga since 1989. Seven years of study in India provided the initial foundation for his learning. There, he immersed himself in the contemplative traditions of Tantra, Vedanta, Sri Aurobindo, Buddhism, as well as the Hatha Yoga lineages of Krishnamacharya (namely Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga) and Swami Shivananda. He has completed advanced studies with a wide variety of teachers, earning degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology. His teaching integrates the fullness of Yoga, from its meditative foundations, to its rich history, mythology, and philosophy.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. 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.