Mindfulness and Nature Winter Renewal Weekend
MAY 10, 2019 - MAY 12, 2019
Every season has its unique gifts. As a season for deep rest and renewal, winter provides us a unique opportunity to step away from our active life and come into deep introspection and regenerate.
To help you come into a deeper rhythm with the natural world, Lin Gordon and Lee Steppacher will weave nature-based meditation practices throughout this silent weekend retreat. We will spend extended time outdoors and participate in guided meditation and mindful walks to open our sense of awareness, and sinking deeply into our connection to the world around us. Participants will learn to develop a receptive presence and contemplative relationship with nature, opening the possibility to experience beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life.
Specific practices will be chosen based on weather, location and the group, but will include foundational mindfulness, movement and wisdom practices that are particularly aligned with being in nature.
The weekend will be held primarily in silence, allowing you to cultivate the capacity to be present. There will be opportunities for limited discussion and questions, and talks will be offered as guidance. Guided body movement will also be offered daily.
Activities will not be strenuous, but significant time will be spent outdoors. Appropriate outerwear will be needed. Below is a sample packing list for our time outside:
Neck gaiter or scarf
Waterproof pants (ski or winter hiking pants)
Winter/waterproof hiking boots (if possible)
Thermal long underwear shirts and pants
Vacuum-insulated bottle for hot drinks
When outside cotton clothes are discouraged
Resources: Clothing and Gear Tips for Cold-Weather Hiking
This weekend is appropriate for people with all levels of experience. No prior meditation experience needed.
Sliding Scale Tuition: $100, $150, or $200after you select room option, please select tuition to be added to your booking.