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Buddhist Meditation Retreat
WEEK OF JANUARY 5-10, 2014

This week of Buddhist meditation will focus on practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness. We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary spiritual practices of the Buddha. Each day there will be meditation instruction in sitting and walking, and teachings on the Buddhist path of awakening. Through the practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness, we can gain deeper access to our innate ability to live with ease and freedom. This course is suitable for both beginning and long-term practitioners. All are welcome. This will be a great opportunity to learn meditation and deepen understanding of the causes of happiness.

Please note: The entire Esalen campus will be practicing noble silence, including time in and out of workshops, during meals, at the hot springs, and in the evenings. This time is intended for those who wish to practice a week of deep meditation or contemplation in silence. Normal Esalen movement classes and offerings will likely be modified during this special week.


The 5Rhythms® and 4 Foundations of Mindfulness

In order to understand the dance one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance. - Rumi

In this weekend of meditation and dance, will we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can hold the place of the silent witness and be with all that life offers.

Noah encourages meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. Lucia invites dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance, and insight. Join them for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.


March 7 - 9 Noah Levine
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

In the Buddhist tradition of uncovering the heart and minds’ natural qualities of Wisdom and Compassion through meditation, this weekend workshop focuses on the practices of mindfulness that allow us to access the freedom we seek from within.

We will learn to develop liberating insights in sitting, walking, eating and hot springs meditations. This weekend will serve as a wonderful introduction to the path for some and a much-needed reminder to others. Please join us.

Instructions in meditation will be offered. This retreat is suitable for beginning and long-term practitioners.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 http://www.breitenbush.com/events/march7-9.html
BEGINS: Fri dinner
ENDS: Sun lunch
COST: $225 plus lodging

***Joshua Tree***
Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman, Howard Cohn, Winifred Nazarko, Wes Nisker, Noah Levine, JoAnna Harper, Franz Moeckl (qigong)
Friday, May 2, 3:00pm - Sunday, May 11, 12:00pm
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Yucca Valley
$1560 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff.

Will open for registration on 1/6/2014

For over 30 years Jack Kornfield has been making an annual pilgrimage to the high and spacious desert of Yucca Valley. This retreat is an opportunity to practice in the serene and natural beauty of the high desert in full bloom. The beautiful desert environment becomes a mirror for the beauty of the unfolding heart and the spaciousness of mind achieved through the meditation practice. For many, it has become an annual springtime pilgrimage.

Join Jack and other Spirit Rock teachers to deeply experience the dharma in this favorable combination of conditions and teachings. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing lovingkindness, clarity and depth of practice. The retreat will include systematic vipassana instructions, silent sitting and walking periods, dharma talks and interviews. There is a daily guided movement meditation. An excellent first retreat or a great way to renew your practice.


***Against the Stream
Memorial Day Retreat***

May 23rd-26th
info to come

***Against the Stream
East Coast Retreat***
Aug 2nd-10th


***Against the Stream
Labor Day Recovery Retreat***

Aug29th-Sept 1st


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