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Every season, we all need time to step away from our busy routines, slowdown and reconnect to what we value. As we seguey as a community out of our Covid routines, this is even more important. This retreat is design to help you reconnect to others with respect, harvest how you grew this past year and align your « new » life to what is important to you. This year you can participate in person (socially distanced with masks in a large venue for the day) or online. Our focus this year will be on the dynamics of the Brahma Viharas (kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity) and how they are at play in our daily lives.

At the roots of the traditions of Yoga and Vipassana meditation are these seasonal rituals to re-center, do our « inner » cleaning, recognise our core values and reconnect to our true nature. My daylong retreats are designed and offered just for these purposes. I guide you through a day of yoga and buddhist (mindfulness) meditation forms to support you to let go of stress, refresh your senses, respect your body and reconnect to your core values.

This August retreat is all about embracing our joy of living and being in community. We will highlight our core values and set intentions to manifest together. All participants attending in person must be double vaccinated and ear a mask at all times when inside with others. As always, being together in heartfelt company marks the year to come. Especially this year, we need a heart-felt community to help us to let go of 2020 and embrace 2021.

The retreat’s schedule:

~ Arrive between 8:30 am and 9 am to set up and settle in.
~ 9 am move into Noble Silence with a centring meditation
~ 9:30 am Practice Vinyasa Krama Yoga class to release tension, align the body and refresh our senses. This class will explore key postures and movement exercises to support sitting and walking meditation.
~ 11 am Sitting and Walking meditation
~ 12 noon Lunch
~ 1 pm Traditional mindfulness meditation forms and diad exercises to cultivate our attention, wisdom and compassion in the Brahma Viharas.
~ 3 pm iRest Yoga Nidra to complete the retreat
~ 3:20 pm Closing Merit meditation. Retreat ends at 3:30 pm with time after to speak with each other.

For the past fifteen years, I have been guiding retreats in an artful blend of yoga, somatic movement and Vipassana meditation. I love and cherish facilitating these retreats. At the core of my courses is that we reconnect to our grounded nature of being. Past participants have described that these sessions helped them reap the benefits of awareness, self understanding and self acceptance to be able to navigate their lives with compassion and skill.

If you would like to join this retreat, write to me at allisonulan@gmail.com. Registration and payment is required in advance. This retreat is limited to 16 participants. The fee is $60 (taxes included).

In Metta, Allison Ulan