Coming Home to Yourself: Embodied Mindfulness Retreat for Women
September 8-15, 2019
with Anne Cushman, Janice Gates, Kate Johnson & Jill Satterfield
With our busy lives, it is easy to disconnect from what we know will bring us deep spiritual nourishment. We forget who we are, why we’re here and what we truly value. Taking time to attend to our inner life can bring a new level of clarity and peace and guide us back to our own inner knowing. As the outer voices subside, we begin to remember what it means to live each moment authentically and from our hearts.
In this seven-night meditation retreat, we will dive deep into the practice of mindfulness through stillness, movement, silence and connection. Each day will be held in a container of silence supported by the tranquil and beautiful ambiance of Mt. Madonna, an intentional residential spiritual community in a yogic lineage that emphasizes selfless service, kindness, and respect for all of life. There will be periods of seated meditation, mindful yoga, walking meditation in nature, small group meetings with teachers, and teachings from the wisdom traditions woven throughout. We will include focused times each day to explore together what it means to awaken in each embodied moment of our often challenging, chaotic and beautifully sacred lives as women.
We are able to offer a wide range of options for accommodations at Mt. Madonna, a beautiful refuge in the redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz mountains, from camping to your own single room with private bath. Fee includes accommodations, delicious vegetarian meals featuring seasonal local produce and all teachers fees.
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A deposit of $500 is required to hold your space – balance due 6/8/19 Make Deposit
Please arrive close to 4:00 on Sunday, September 8th to land, arrive, settle into your room and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature. Departure is on Sunday, September 15th at 12:00 noon.
Cancellation Policy: Once the deposit or the balance has been paid, cancellations must be made in writing via email. If you cancel up to three months before the retreat, we charge a $200 cancellation fee per person. No refunds for cancellations within three months of the program. No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat. All refunds will be processed within two weeks after the end of the retreat.
Anne Cushman has been integrating mindfulness practice, embodied meditation, and creative expression for over 35 years. She is a member of the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where she founded the first multi-year dharma training for yoga teachers. She is the author of the memoir The Mama Sutra, the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, the mindful yoga book Moving Into Meditation, and the India pilgrimage guide From Here to Nirvana; and her essays on spiritual practice in daily life have appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and many other publications. She is the director of mentoring for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, which enrolls over 1500 students from 47 countries. She leads regular meditation retreats with a focus on creativity, embodiment, and daily life practice.
Jill Satterfield is an international mindfulness and meditation teacher, speaker and coach. Jill’s integration of embodied mindfulness includes somatic and contemplative psychology. She has been in the field of integrative healthcare for over 35 years, after experiencing multiple surgeries, years of chronic pain, over 150 silent meditation retreats and teaching on the front lines of at risk and in need communities for decades. She was named “one of the 4 leading (embodied mindfulness) and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine. Jill was an original faculty member of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga Teacher Training and teaches at Spirit Rock regularly. She created UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center’s Advanced Applied Mindfulness trainings. Along with her primary teacher Ajahn Amaro, she was the first to offer mindful movement on a silent retreat at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society over 25 years ago. She has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, More, Tricycle many amongst others. She is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. www.jillsatterfield.org
Janice Gates has been teaching the integration of meditation, mindfulness, and embodied practice for over twenty-five years, including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in schools, in prisons, as a mindfulness coach and mentor to individuals and businesses, and at retreat centers around the globe. Janice is an ICF certified coach, Certified Yoga Therapist, past President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, author of Yogini, the Power of Women in Yoga (2006) and her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapists. She began practicing vipassana meditation and yoga while living in Asia in 1988 and her teaching is informed by Tibetan Buddhism, somatic psychology, yoga therapy, and psycho-spiritual work and many years of falling down and getting back up! janicegates.com
Kate Johnson’s favorite words are awareness, embodiement and action. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation in the western Insight tradition since 2008.
Kate offers meditation and movement workshops for people of all ages and facilitates training schools, businessness and organizations looking for mindful embodiment approaches to cultivate greater diversity and inclusion. She is also on staff at Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she co-creates online programs integrating Buddhadharma and social justice eductation.
Currently, Kate is a teacher trainee in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four-year program for meditation retreat teachers, having completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leaders program in 2017. She holds a BFA in Dance from The Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Her first book, Friendship As Freedom: Mindful Practices for Resisting Oppression and Building Community, will be published by Parallax Press in Spring 2018.