Embodied Listening®: Trusting the Wisdom of Direct Experience

Hope Martin

May 28–31, 2021

Tuition $300 + 3 nights

Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance — the wisdom of your body.

In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is an essential skill.

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 highly experiential workshop is held within a safe and supportive environment and includes periods of meditation, exploration of the felt sense, gentle hands-on bodywork, sharing together and humor.

What Past Students Have Said

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.


Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years, trained Alexander teachers for two decades at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.  She is a Meditation Instructor, Focusing trainer, and a close student of Pema Chodron. 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 hopemartinstudio.com and read her article co-authored with David Rome,  “Are You Listening?” published in the 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.