Trusting the Wisdom of Direct Experience: Embodied Listening®

Hope Martin

May 28–31, 2021

Tuition $300 + 3 nights

Note: This retreat has been rescheduled for next year. It will be held May 28th-31th, 2021.

Our bodies hold our lives. They hold wisdom and energy for living and growing. They also hold our obstacles: anxiety, painful emotions and constricting habitual patterns. The more we are able to make loving contact with these places and live deeply from within our bodies, the more our stuck places transform, allowing for greater joy and authenticity.

During this retreat, we will draw on three contemplative practices that cultivate insight, compassion, and confidence:

  • Mindfulness Meditation to relax mental holding patterns
  • Alexander Technique to release physical holding patterns
  • Mindful Focusing to access deeper feelings held in the body

This workshop is highly experiential and includes periods of meditation, exploration of the felt sense, gentle hands-on bodywork, sharing together and humor.



The weekend was a treasure. It was one of the most effective educational experiences of my adult life and I will work with it for years to come.   – Emily B.

Embodied Listening brought together mind, physical body and inner self in a manner I’ve never fully consciously experienced before … It was a transformative experience that I intend to make part of my daily practice. – Paul G.

The techniques I learned in the Embodied Listening retreat have stayed with me long after the last day. The key take-away that I am constantly working with is noticing. Noticing what my body’s habits are in terms of posture and noticing what my body is saying to me. Just noticing gives me so much insight into what I am really feeling and what is true for me. This allows me to move through my day with more relaxation and calm.  – Samantha S.


About the Instructor

Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 32 years, trains Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.  She is a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing trainer. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. To learn more about Hope’s work, visit and read her article co-authored with David Rome,  “Are You Listening?” published in the Shambhala Sun.



From the SMC Blog & More

“Awareness and acceptance of the body’s holding patterns allow their release and transformation into positive energy for living.” – Hope Martin & David Rome

Read the rest of Hope’s article, co-authored with David Rome, Embodied Listening on our blog.

Also check out this article from Hope Martin and David Rome from Shambhala Sun.

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.