“If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a longing, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation, every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop — everything.” – Pema Chodron
Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2019
Eastover Estate & Eco-Village, Lenox, MA
Every season has its unique gifts. As a season for reawakening and renewal, spring provides us a unique opportunity to see the world with fresh eyes and to feel the wonder of the earth as it comes back to life.
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 meditations 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.
Time: 3pm arrival on Friday, May 10 and noon departure on Sunday, May 12.
Fri – Sun, June 21 – 23, 2019
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
One way to develop a regular meditation practices is to find a style that works for you. In this program, I am honored to join a diverse team of experts to share different types of meditation practices. Come explore and learn what is unique about each meditation style and what they have in common. Find out your meditation practice can be unique and dynamic as you are.
- Instinctive meditation with Steven Leonard
- Insight meditation with Lin Gordon
- Crystal bowl sound meditation with Carlos A. Perez
- Kundalini meditation with Amanbir Singh
- The neuroscience of meditation with Jacqueline Lutz.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Enjoy a summer day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley. This guided, meditative hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain (698 ft). Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
Registration opens soon on NYIMC.org.