Our annual women's weekend retreat is a wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend practicing together in the relaxing natural beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We hope you can join us!
This year's theme is Finding Stability in Turbulent Times.
Whether the turbulence feels internal or external, or both, when we are able to turn towards our physical, emotional and mental experience with compassionate curiosity, we cultivate a sense of stability that, in turn, allows us to respond more creatively to anything and everything we meet in our lives. On this retreat we will gently explore our tendency to argue with, avoid or hold on to experience, and encourage our natural capacity to welcome all of it.
Padmatara will guide this retreat, bringing a love of meditation and an enthusiasm for teachings that help us navigate the worldly winds more effectively - including Dharma, Poetry, Focusing and Insight Dialogue. Feel free to email her with any questions.
Each day will begin with meditation. Mid morning and afternoon sessions will include instruction, guided, mindful dialogue, and more meditation. There is space for hiking, yoga, nature gazing, or relaxing in the hot tub in the afternoon. In the evenings we will have some ritual practice. Silent periods will encourage the deepening of experience.
All activities are optional and while we invite you to enjoy the flow of the schedule and stretch your comfort zone just a little, we also encourage you to listen to your body and participate in whatever way is most helpful. We share cooking and cleaning.
Accommodation is in yurts, or there are places to camp if you prefer.
Register by Oct 31.
Open to all levels of experience, but if you have not taken one of our meditation courses please contact us. See our Newcomer page for information about our meditation classes and courses.
Sliding Scale Payments: If you can please pay the maximum amount to help those who need a lower rate. If you wish to pay a lower amount please select the minimum amount and then in the shopping cart please add a donation to top up the amount you wish to pay.
Deposit: You can also make a deposit to book and then pay the remainder later.