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The Path of Intimacy:
A Meditation Retreat for Women
All women are welcome into this safe and cozy environment of accessing inner peace. What woman doesn’t yearn for time to herself, without having to be anything for anyone else? To rest, restore and to settle in. To catch up with all your thoughts from the day. To sort out your feelings from everyone else’s. While there are many paths of meditation, this particular style is very feminine in nature. We know women are very instinctual. We know if something is not quite right with our kids, our pets, and our partners. Women have a tendency to take on too much and to take care of our inner environments often feels forbidden.
“As women, as caretakers of the world, we submit our instincts to the needs we read in others. We lose touch with our nature. It sometimes feels foreign to us.”
From “Meditation Secrets for Women” by Camille Maurine
Learn skills to expand on your already occurring spontaneous moments of meditation. When you find yourself immersed in the beauty of a sunset, gazing into the eyes of a baby, listening to a beautiful piece of music the practice then becomes a healing and liberating practice.
During this retreat, you will be guided into what are called “natural doorways or dvaras” of meditation. I love this analogy because there are so many different kinds of doors. Some doors you just have to walk up to and they open. Others, you pause for a moment and then they open. Some doors you have to touch with your hands to encourage them to open.
“You will find yourself feeling things, and finishing feelings, from many years ago. The nervous system is concerned with building connections, with making your emotional life one seamless tapestry rather than a jumble of fragmented or disjointed experiences.”
From “Meditation Made Easy” by Lorin Roche
Your horizons expand as you awaken to the beauty of the natural world in which you live. Your meditation time will always be interesting as you ask yourself “What do I need today?” Through the activation of the senses your outer world will awaken and become rich with textures, colors, sounds and beauty. Your inner world will then open in much the same way.
We will dive into the inviting waters of:
The Activation of the Senses
Your Natural Instincts
The Secret to Mantra Meditations
Books to support your practice:
The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight by Lorin Roche, PhD
Meditation Made Easy by Lorin Roche, PhD
Meditation Secrets for Women by Camille Maurine & Lorin Roche PhD
Please bring any of your meditation props to the workshop. I have been using a zabuton lately and it feels good. For a long time I used nothing, then a zafu and now the extra padding of the zabuton and a blanket is nice. The skill here is to go with the flow of what works for you at this point. Throughout the weekend you will be encouraged into a comfortable position. Lying down, sitting, standing, and movements are all encouraged.
This will be an experiential workshop with discussions, guided meditations and movements. A journal will be nice to have as well.
Stay tuned for registration details. In the meantime, email email@example.com to save your spot.