The world as we know it has been turned upside down. Many of us all around the world are “sheltering in place,” barely leaving our homes, trying to figure out what we — and everyone else — will do to ride out the Coronavirus emergency. Work, money, school, childcare, relationships, politics… everything has changed. Let’s take this moment, with all the skills and perspective we can gather, to recommit to our path. This is a beautiful time to pause, to restore our strength, release into our tenderness, and renew our skills for practice in daily life.
Like everyone this spring, we’ve had to cancel our planned retreat in the redwoods in response to the still-accelerating Coronavirus pandemic. We will retreat at Camp Double Bear this October, conditions willing, with the theme we were planning for the spring: mettā & samādhi. For now, in response to conditions being what they are, our focus must be on practice and wise action in daily life.
The retreat will be mostly self-paced, with meditations and practice instructions to work with on your own, plus 3 daily group calls on the Zoom video platform, which will be recorded, so you can do them in your own schedule as well. It will be structured as an online course through our website, and you’ll receive full details on how to participate when you register.
The focus of the retreat will be on centering, orientation, and cultivating resilience and ease of heart in challenging circumstances. We will ground our practice in the method of mindfulness of breathing known as the full-body breath, supported by somatic movement practice and gentle energy work with the Haṭha Yoga disciplines of prānāyāma and bandha.
These approaches weave into each other beautifully, joining together to unwind energy and breath through the body. We will invoke the circle of benevolent community even through the virtual space, and practice radiating the divine states of universal love (mettā), compassion (karuṇā), appreciation (muditā), and equanimity (upekkhā).
Join us for a long weekend in sacred community. We can call it “taking refuge in place.”