Next Retreat: April 29 Power of Concentration enrolling now
Retreat is deep relaxation
Each of us needs to relinquish the forward press of our everyday lives, and deeply rest the body and mind.
8-Week Course alumni and other meditators at all levels of experience are warmly welcome to attend these events. Retreats are offered at lowest possible cost. All-day Retreats are free of charge for StressCare alumni. Early registration is recommended.
Relaxation is the necessary point of departure….once one has realized relaxation, it is possible to realize a tranquil heart and a clear mind.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness
Power of Concentration
One-day Workshop and Retreat: Sunday, April 29 at Green Gulch Farm
Build and sustain energy and focus
Concentration practice helps the meditator sustain energy and focus, but importantly also leads to “calm abiding” – a state of stability and peace that includes both relaxation and vitality.
The day features one-pointed concentration exercises – including mantra, imagery, candle flame and music meditations – interspersed with periods of walking meditation, mindful yoga and silent sitting. Register
All-day Retreat: held four Saturdays each year
Guidance in the fundamentals
The most important part of mindfulness is to keep your practice alive. The way to do it is to do it.”
–Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Mark your calendar! Return to an All-day Retreat for guidance in the fundamentals – it’s familiar but different each time. Sitting, walking, lying down, and yoga meditations from the 8-Week Course are led by our instructors, Karin and David. Keep your practice alive and well. Sign-up is required – see sidebar
How to relax
We relax the body by attending to sensations and responding carefully. We relax the mind by letting thoughts and feelings come and go, without trying to control them. We allow everything to be just as it is, moment after moment. We connect with our inmost resources such as love, dignity, and gratitude throughout the day. We support one another in the marvelous adventure of coming home to ourselves.