Power of Presence: A Daylong Mindfulness Retreat
This retreat will focus on the practice of mindfulness (Sati) as it is described in the Satipatthana Sutta – a Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness – the foundational teaching upon which our modern mindfulness movement rests.
We will be cultivating wise presence by bringing caring, curious and discerning attention to what is happening moment-to-moment. We are often acting from habit and reactivity instead of love and wisdom. With mindful presence we cut through habitual reactivity and access innate states of well-being, creativity and understanding.
The retreat will be held in noble silence and will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, instructions and reflections, with a mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating. The walking meditation can be done outdoors.
The schedule will also include an optional discussion period to reflect on how to skillfully apply the wisdom of the practice in our daily life. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practice, however some meditation experience is suggested.
We’ll be gathering at the Yoga House at Rising Fawn Gardens, Georgia. This beautiful 600-acre farm is nestled between the natural boundaries of Lookout Creek and the western slope of Lookout Mountain. The walking meditation can be done outdoors.
Bring your lunch, wear comfortable clothing, and bring any appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice. The Yoga House has large bolsters and blankets and a limited supply of yoga mats.
There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat (financial contributions in the form of a check or cash).
There are two work-study scholarships available for those in need.
Please call Janka at 423-488-5406 to inquire.