This mindfulness retreat offers an opportunity to open your heart and cultivate spaciousness in your mind by stepping outside of the routine and familiar… into a world of beauty and state of wonder. Bringing curiosity into our relationship with nature, ourselves, and each other allows us to experience what is “underneath”— the silence, stillness, and ever-present miracle of simply being here, in this body, in this community, in this universe.
In gentle movement, we embody the qualities of earth, wind, and water. In stillness, we take in sounds, smells, sights, the feel of the wind and the sand… and the internal landscape of thoughts and emotions. As we engage in relational practices, sparks of genuine curiosity invite us to connect deeply with each other. We spend time just being, savoring the very essence of each moment, coming away refreshed and transformed.
Elements of this meditation retreat will include:
- Meditation (Guided and Silent)
- Gentle Yoga and Qi-gong
- Shamanic Journeying
- “Shinrin-yoku” (Forest Bathing)
- Relational Practices
- Mindful Inquiry and Discussion
- Reflection and Writing
- Periods of Silence
- Ritual and Ceremony
The intention of this retreat is to offer a safe container for participants to experience deep connection with ourselves, each other, and the world. As we cultivate awareness in nature, we discover that curiosity and compassion naturally arise, we feel more fully alive, and we access more of the totality of our being.
Registration Deadline: September 6, 2019
Single room: $1,195
Double room: $1,065
“Bring a Friend” Discount is available
Marianne Rowe, MS, LMFT
Studying and practicing meditation for over 20 years, Marianne is a founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. As founder of the Mindful Education Project, she has been teaching mindfulness to children, youth and adults since 2007. Marianne is an IONS Certified Conscious Aging Facilitator and a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Assn. of Nature and Forest Therapy. In all her endeavors, she focuses on healing, transformation and evolution through awareness and connection. Her therapeutic work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and her meditation teaching cultivate the development of consciousness through integration of the physiological, cognitive, emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of being.
Katie Dutcher, MA
Katie is a founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. She has been an educator since 2004 and has studied and practiced meditation and mindfulness since 2009. She is a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, and she has received training from Mindful Schools. She teaches mindfulness in area schools from elementary through graduate level, and she teaches MBSR at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Katie offers personal mindfulness coaching and consults with agencies and schools to integrate mindful awareness into programs and curriculum. She has special interests in reflective writing, practicing mindfulness in daily life, and awareness of the natural environment.
Jennifer Farley, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT
Jennifer Farley is a dance/movement therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, and shamanic healer. Jennifer believes the development of body awareness is essential to deepening personal insight and growth. Because of this, all of her offerings incorporate mindful body movement and/or body awareness practices. Jennifer has studied with renowned Shaman Jon Rasmussen, teacher and graduate of the Healing the Light Body School through The Four Winds. Currently, Jennifer offers individual and group services, as well as periodic workshops and retreats. Jennifer also lectures nationwide on incorporating movement and shamanic ritual into psychotherapy.
Patricia Wolff, DC, LMFT
Blending her skills as a trained psychotherapist, a classical homeopath, and a Doctor of Chiropractic, Patricia Wolff has been practicing in the field of natural health care for women and children for over 30 years. Her focus is on an integrated exploration into the care of our bodies, minds and spirits. Patricia is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and is on the teaching council of the Monterey Bay Zen Center. In addition to her love of the outdoors, she brings curiosity, humor and meditation to this exploration of being human.