Schedule of upcoming teaching dates:
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May 12–17, 2013
Sunday–Friday 5 nights
Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conference
Rolf Gates, Noah Levine, Tennie McCarty, Nikki Myers, and Tommy Rosen
Addictive behaviors separate us from ourselves, each other, our environment, and the Divine. Yoga, which means union, balance, and connection, offers us a set of practices that directly addresses the range of issues caused by addiction. Connected to our wholeness, we more readily recognize our addictive behaviors and find the inner strength to move beyond them.
This conference brings together five leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds and modalities to guide us in using the tools and practices of yoga and meditation as a way of deepening the exploration of recovery from addictions. Each day begins with asana and meditation practices embracing such concepts as surrender, letting go, acceptance, and gratitude, followed by workshops on meditation, breathwork, the chakra system, innovations in holistic 12-Step recovery, and more.
Everyone is welcome—people in recovery from all kinds of addictions, family members, seekers, and those who work as healing professionals in the field.
Friday 17th of May
South Boston Yoga, located on the third floor at 36 W Broadway St. in Boston, MA.
Against The Stream Memorial Day Retreat at Joshua Tree, CA.
Noah Levine and others
Open for registration January 1, 2013.
Mount Madonna Center
Noah Levine -Kind Awareness -
Meditations and Reflections on the Buddhist Path of Awakening
Using a hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of the Buddha. We will learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary spiritual practices of the Buddha. The workshop explores the ways in which true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the norms of our confused society and is therefore an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. Instructions in meditation and guidance in the Buddhist path to liberation will be offered.
Pagosa Springs, CO
Kind Awareness: Vipassana Retreat
With Noah Levine
July 16 - 20, 2013
At this Insight Meditation retreat, we focus our attention to our breath, body, heart and mind. The instructions will be based upon the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with exercises in lovingkindness and compassion.
Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and interviews.
this retreat begins with mandatory registration from 2 to 4pm on the first day and ends at lunchtime on the last day.
- Spirit Rock Organized Retreat -
Against the Stream Retreat
(Angela Center, Santa Rosa)
Noah Levine, Wes Nisker, Vince Ferraro, JoAnna Harper
Tuesday, July 30, 3:00pm - Sunday, August 4, 12:00pm
Angela Center, Santa Rosa
The Buddha's teachings are a call to revolutIon, an invitation to subvert the forces of greed, hatred and delusion through the counter-instinctual process of "going against the stream".
In this retreat of Insight Meditation (Vipassana), we will bring mindful attention to the breath, body, heart and mind. Instruction will follow the traditional Four Foundations of Mindfulness, combined with training in Lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks and interviews.
Against The Stream Retreat
more info to come
Yoga and Addiction Recovery: A Celebration of Healing
WEEK OF OCTOBER 13-18
Join us as we bring together the ancient tools and practices of yoga and meditation as a way to deepen the exploration of recovery from addictions. The leaders represent a wide variety of backgrounds and modalities in this dynamic field. They gather to share their experience, strength, and hope through the journey from addiction to recovery.
Addictive behaviors separate us from ourselves, each other, our environment, and the Divine. Yoga offers us a set of practices that directly address the range of issues caused by the family disease of addiction. Connected to our wholeness, we more readily recognize our addictive behaviors and find the inner strength to move beyond them. Through this retreat experience, we will connect our inner and outer worlds and awaken the joy and peace from within by learning how to bring recovery alive in our practice.
The mornings will begin with an asana and meditation practice embracing such concepts as surrender, letting go, acceptance, and gratitude, and each day different workshops will be offered, allowing us to explore more fully the convergence of the path of yoga and recovery. Our evenings will be filled with kirtan, speakers, dancing, and free time to mingle, reflect, soak in the hot springs, rest, rejuvenate, and connect. Through these magical five days, we will celebrate the vision for our life paths.
Everyone is welcome—all recovery, all addictions, family members, all seekers, and those who work as healing professionals in the field. There will be something for everyone. Please bring a yoga mat and a meditation cushion if you use one.
more info to come
The Buddhist Path to Freedom: Breaking the Addiction to the Mind
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17-22
Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering. That suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain. All addictions stem from these roots.
The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be a most effective treatment for our human addiction to thinking and all the suffering we create with the mind. And Buddhist meditation is the most potent tool there is for recovering our original wholeness or Buddha nature.
Open to all levels of experience, this workshop will provide an opportunity to learn and practice several different forms of Buddhist meditation oriented specifically toward breaking free of old ways of thinking. People in 12-step recovery programs are especially welcome.
The 5Rhythms® and 4 Foundations of Mindfulness
WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 22-24
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.
Legacy Program: The Buddhist Path of Awakening with Noah Levine
December 22 2013- January 19, 2014
Using a hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of Buddhism. 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. Led by Noah Levine, the workshop explores the way that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the norms of our confused society and is therefore an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. Instructions in meditation and guidance in the Buddhist path to liberation will be offered.
Note: During the first week of January, 2014, Esalen will host a campus-wide, silent meditation program. Students are not required to participate, but will be asked to refrain from conversation in public places including the dining room during that period.