Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Healing the Body and Mind through Stillness
Thursday, Feb. 14 - Monday, Feb. 18, 2018
*Note: Only commuter spots still available*
We are excited to announce Mindful Harlem’s first upstate retreat! This retreat is dedicated to exploring healing and stillness. How do we engage in the process of healing ourselves? Do we heal, or are we healed? When is it time for “doing,” and when is “non-doing” called for? Logic often prompts us to choose one or the other, A or B, yet there is much to be discovered in removing the dichotomy.
The retreat will include:
- Nature Trails to take in the beauty and tranquility of winter
- Group walking and sitting meditation
- Deep inquiry among friends and like-minded practitioners
- Service - small daily work tasks that serve the group
- Rest and integration with Yin Yoga postures
Yin Yoga is still, deep, and quiet. Rather than moving quickly through poses, Yin Yoga consists of holding a few postures for a longer period of time. A major benefit is myo-fascial release - reaching the deeper, denser, more hidden connective tissue. In doing so, it is a powerful form of meditation that contemplates the mind/body connection and activity vs. passivity. Will LeBlanc of Woodstock’s Euphoria Yoga is a gifted teacher and will guide us in the practice.
Dhana: $200 for commuters
As always, Mindful Harlem is dedicated to making these practices accessible. Contact Elizabeth to inquire about payment plans or tuition assistance.
Registration: Email Elizabeth at email@example.com
*There is currently a waitlist for the house* We will stay in a private residence. Thus, rooms will be shared - part of the retreat will be getting cozy and making new friends. We will observe silence as much as possible in sleeping areas, and save socializing for the living room and dining areas.
There is also the option for guests to find their own separate accommodation in the area, and participate in the retreat during the day. If you'd like to choose this option, the retreat will be offered at a reduced rate of $200. Let us know when booking.
Travel time is roughly 2.5 hours. We will depart New York City on Thursday evening 2/14 at 6:30 pm, and arrive in Woodstock around 9 pm. Let us know if you are interested in carpooling!
If you prefer to arrive on Friday morning instead (Thursday is Valentine’s Day, after all!), that is completely fine! It will simply be up to you to organize transportation. Trailways New York operates a bus from Manhattan to Woodstock 3 times a day. Tickets cost $23 - $55 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, Metro-North Railroad (MNR) operates a train from Manhattan to Woodstock hourly. Tickets cost $16 - $35 and the journey takes 1 h 42 min.
Food will be provided and will accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore diets. There will also be flexibility to eat out in Woodstock, which guests will cover themselves. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. There are grocery stores nearby where we will pick up supplies. In the evenings, all are welcome to indulge in a glass of wine or a cup of tea.
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