A retreat can offer the valuable experience of doing sitting and walking meditation for longer periods of time, in silence, and with others. With yoga mats slung underneath their arms, a trail of students made their way across campus to the Chapel on Saturday, April 9.
Attended by 17 students and faculty members, the program began with a yoga class led by Naomi Guttman, professor of literature and creative writing. Susie Hamilton, a regular teacher of yoga and spinning classes at the college, led a session of Kripalu yoga. The Mindfulness Retreat ended at the Wellin Museum, where students were led by Amber Spadea, the Wellin’s school and community programs educator. In the future, McArn and Reynolds hope to conduct an overnight mindfulness retreat and to make a day-long retreat an annual event. Recoup and Soup is a weekly event held at noon on Thursdays on the third floor of the Chapel. My wife and I first experienced Miraval five years ago, hot off a long three-day weekend in Vegas celebrating our youngest daughter’s 21st birthday. The operative word at Miraval is “mindfulness.” In one form or another, virtually every activity, class, treatment, or session is focused on creating a life in balance, an “awareness” of living in the here and now. To that end, the spa offers an almost endless array of options—385 in all—ranging from various kinds of yoga, Pilates, spinning, cardio, circuit blasts, arts, photography, and rock climbing to name a few. That same sort of message ran through my private, 50-minute “Mindful Living” session with Alysa; how self-examination and deep, proper breathing and meditation can help calm the roiling seas of life. It’s also helpful to know a few things upfront: The women-men ratio ran about 70-30 our week, which, I’m told, was normal. A decade ago, former AOL co-founder Steve Case took over ownership of Miraval almost immediately after he and his wife Jean had what Case described as a “transformative” experience at the spa. When the mind smiles, the body flows!A unique approach which integrates the tools of Mindfulness into the physical practice of Yoga for ALL LEVELS!- Did you know that the stiffest muscle in your body is  in your head?-We are mostly limited by our mind. Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre, Victoria, BC – Offers weekly Saturday morning sitting and walking meditation sessions free (or by donation) to anyone who wants to attend. Victoria Insight Meditation Society, Victoria, BC – Offers regular 2 Day non-residential meditation retreats in Victoria, which are led by various visiting Buddhist teachers from different parts of North America. Mindfulness Community of Victoria, BC – Offers longer retreats in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, in Washington, California and France. Vancouver Island Zen Sangha, Victoria, BC – Offers information about Zen retreats in Washington and California in the Soto Zen tradition of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.
Salt Spring Island Vipassana Community – Offers three day to ten day meditation retreats on Salt Spring Island.
The Hermitage on Denman Island – Offers 5 and 10 day meditation retreats in the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu tradition. The Bethlehem Retreat and Study Centre, Nanaimo, BC – The Centre is in the Catholic tradition, but welcomes all spiritual seekers. Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC – Offers a once per year 6 day Buddhist meditation retreat with Robert Beatty.


Mountain Waters, Nelson, BC – Offers a 12 day Mindfulness Meditation retreat each year. Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Offers retreats and study in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, Woodacre, California – Offers reteats in the Vipassana (Insight Meditation) tradition.
Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California – Offers retreats in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. With the first, she introduced participants to the idea of chakras, focusing on the color emitted by each one and slowly moving from the root chakra to the crown chakra. Her class, which began and ended with herbal essences, included a brief history of some of the vocabulary of yoga and focused on the ideas of acceptance and joy. Spadea provided watercolors, markers, rocks and small canvases for a session of Zen Doodling. All members of the Hamilton community are welcome to participate in a 20-minute silent meditation followed by soup and conversation.
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountain range, about an hour outside Tucson, the 400-plus acre resort has built a glowing reputation as a body and mind retreat. This time, I was coming off the most stressful reporting trip of my career—seven cities in 10 days—right before a five-day stay at the spa.
In recent years, however, the spa has distinguished itself with its innovative approach to health and wellness, creating unique experiences designed to cleanse your body and open your mind. The 90-minute class focused on defining and understanding our emotional intelligence, and how we can choose the best way to live by being aware and breathing through a moment or situation before taking action. Grumpy side of things, finding a hard pillow turned out to be next to impossible (despite a request), and setting your daily schedule seems overwhelming at times, especially for first-timers. Under his leadership, Miraval has recently won numerous “Reader’s Choice,” “Hot List,” and “Robb Report” awards for its services and innovation.
She lived in India for a few months each year and studied different types of yoga : Iyengar Yoga (focused on alignment) for 2 years. I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. They also offer longer Tibetan Buddhist retreats at practice centres throughout North America. If you make a request to be on their newsletter mailing list, they will send you regular notices about upcoming retreats.
Practice opportunities that are free (or by donation) to anyone who wants to attend include weekly Tuesday night Zen open house at the University of Victoria, weekly audio podcast, videos, and an online orientation to Zen practice.
The centre is under the direction of Tibetan Meditation teacher, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. We will learn to breathe, walk and perform daily tasks aware of each moment, so that we can touch the refreshing and healing elements within and around us.  Learning to relax and release tensions within us, to take care of ourselves, our families.
This free-flowing art utilizes the same area of the brain as is activated during meditation.


A two-hour must-do early morning hike in the Sonoran Desert led to a Master Your Metabolism class then, often, to a hot stone massage, facial, or another treatment at the spa. Today, it’s safe to say, Miraval has bloomed into a desert oasis for those—including corporate executives and deep thinkers—who seek stress relief and rejuvenation; where quiet and serenity rule, and all roads lead to a life in balance. This month, Miraval launched “Miraval Gives Back,” a program designed to give the gift of wellness to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the resort.
My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. Retreats usually offer talks by teachers, break times, and meal and work periods, along with sitting and walking meditation.
Zenwest also provides courses on meditation and Buddhist practice, residential personalized retreats in a hermitage in Sooke, and additional training opportunities for members including 1-90 day residential retreats. Those who were new to the Wellin were invited to take a tour, and later, some of the Wellin student staff joined in the Zen Doodling. But, while the food is healthy and delicious, the main entrees are portion controlled (a buffet supplements breakfast and lunch).
His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat!
Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness. Check the following organizations and web sites to find which retreat might suit your needs.
Mindfulness practice programmes led by monks, nuns and lay practitioners (with help from parents of the younger children) will be offered for children and teenagers (5-18) and for young adults (age 16-32).
A special committee at Miraval reviews the applications, chooses a winner each month, and creates a custom Miraval experience that will serve as a catalyst for life-altering change for the individual. Under 5s are welcome to join the retreat under the care of a parent or guardian, a Children and Parents Room will be available for their use.For bookings click here.
Limited programming is available for those under 18 (I wouldn’t bring a person under the age of 25).
More recently she was inspired by Christine May, from the Shiva Rea Prana Flow Yoga.She teaches since 2005 in Ibiza. She really appreciates the quiet of Ibiza, the peaceful beauty of its nature and its mystical remote places, so propitious for Yoga practice. Beautiful beaches such as Benirras, Cala Nova, Aguas Blancas are a short drive away in all directions. That is why she chose to live and teach there.In the last 7 years she led more than a hundred retreats in Ibiza.



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  1. 27.10.2014 at 21:12:21
    cedric writes:
    There is a good probability that mindfulness.
  2. 27.10.2014 at 11:35:57
    PUFF_DADDY writes:
    Simply accept their experiences without judgment, even the tension within the mind.
  3. 27.10.2014 at 10:33:33
    LEDI_RAMIL_GENCLIK writes:
    For people treated with methylphenidate (stimulant.
  4. 27.10.2014 at 23:53:23
    SEKS_MONYAK writes:
    Secular retreat helps you the.
  5. 27.10.2014 at 10:27:48
    EKULYA writes:
    Stick serving as a sword, I ventured deep into the woods applications and also you.