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Embodied Awakening: The First Foundation of Mindfulness
July 28 - August 2
5 nights
Heather Sundberg
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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee: $ 350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Sustaining fee: $ 380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff
Supporting fee: $ 410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

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Retreat cost: This retreat is offered on a tiered scale:

Subsidized fee:
$ 350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Sustaining fee:
$ 380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Supporting fee:
$ 410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) & staff

Register Now
Mail/Fax Register

In our increasingly fast-paced technological world, developing and deepening Embodied Presence is becoming one of the most important "dharmas of our times" for both beginning and experienced practitioners. At this retreat we will dive into the direct experience of being embodied with a playful, curious and joyful spirit. We will explore teachings, practices and tools from the First Foundation of Mindfulness from the compassionate perspective of mindfulness-wisdom which understands impermanence and letting go.

** Mindfulness of breathing. Includes deepening into the direct experience of breath in the body and experiencing the pleasure and happiness available in the breath-body.

** Mindfulness of the nervous system ("calming the body formation"). Includes innovative instructions for mindfulness with pain in meditation, decreasing anxiety and melting subtle bracing (holding) patterns in the body. Informed from the system of Somatic Experiencing.

** Mindfulness in all four postures (sitting, standing, walking, lying down). Full instructions of all four postures will be offered.

** Mindfulness in all activities, maintaining grounding in the body.

** Mindfulness of the elements (earth, air, fire, water, space) in our bodies and the natural world.

** Reflection on embracing preciousness and gratitude of being in harmony with impermanence.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, with daily instructions on insight meditation and the divine abodes (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity). The retreat will include a small group check-in to support practice, as well as individual check-ins (on a sign-up basis) with the teacher. Optional simple Qi Gong movement practice will also be offered, as an expression of joyful embodiment.
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