Retreats in the DC Metro Area
I regularly lead daylong retreats in the DC area. Many people find these days of intensive practice to be not only profoundly inspiring and refreshing, but a great way to connect with like-minded people in the area.
Contemplative traditions say that unless you are living in a monastery, there are three elements you’ll find most helpful in your life.
1. A daily practice
Create some time each day to pause and remember what is most important in your life.
2. Find like-minded people
It’s much easier to create a new habit or cultivate change in your life when you are associated with people who want what you want. Find a local class. Find a practice partner. Seek out those who are inspired about their practice and hang out with them.
3.Times of intensive retreat
I believe there is no better investment you can make than to step away from your routines and habits and dive into a period of intensive practice, whether it be for an evening, a day, week or longer.
I find it quite transformational simply to consciously step away from email, v-mail, internet, magazines, newspapers, movies, and reading.
If you add to this practice of ‘restraint with awareness’ transformational practices designed to bring you into greater presence, you inevitably come away a changed person. Your life can look and feel different with new possibilities you hadn’t before imagined. Your daily practice can feel enriched and inspired.
I lead a number of intensive retreats.
Spring, Fall and New Years Vipassana Retreats
Three times a year I co-lead a classical Vipassana retreat. You will receive instruction in Vipassana meditation and join over 100 practitioners for 5-7 days of silent practice. You’ll be supported with a number of interviews with a teacher as well as instruction and evening dharma talks.
The Energy Intensive: Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork
The Transformational Journey: Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork
Two or three times a year I lead a three-day weekend intensive designed to support you in releasing deeply held tensions and explore the transformational principles of yoga. Offered at Kripalu Center in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, I have been leading these retreats for over ten years with my friend and colleague Shobhan Richard Faulds, teacher, author and former president of Kripalu Center.
Come experience Kripalu Yoga’s unique approach to personal transformation in a program that’s practical, integrative, and fun. Two of Kripalu’s outstanding teachers lead this exploration of the profound relationship between energy and consciousness, which is the essence of yoga and the foundation of all mind-body approaches.
Your exploration includes:
- Exercises to build energy and awareness
- Guided experiences in both sitting and moving meditation
- Integrative breathwork, a technique that provides deep insight and release
- Journal writing to access intuition
- Small-group work that enhances self-awareness
- Guided massage and bodywork
- All three stages of Kripalu Yoga, including posture flow
- Social silence (speaking only when necessary) outside of sessions.
The Still, Small Voice Within: Meditation, Focusing and Intuition Training
A few times a year I lead a program dedicated to exploring the relationship between meditation and intuition. Using the body and the ‘felt sense’ as our primary tool, you can develop a reliable doorway to sensing what is true for you. This is a wonderful program to more deeply integrate the practices in my six-CD set, Body-Centered Inquiry.
Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” In order to climb out of any rut, resolve any problem, or sense your path from a new perspective, you have to shift your awareness. This retreat is designed to immerse you in practices that can generate such a shift.
Vipassana (insight meditation) teaches you to pause and recognize what is present, allowing you to see with increasing clarity into the nature of things. Focusing is a tool that trains the mind to be intimately present to the “felt sense” and to investigate what arises from the field of direct sensation—all of which can result in access to wisdom and compassion.
Combined, these two techniques generate a unique in-depth experience of awakened heart and mind.
Through these full days of practice, talks, presentations, one-on-one exercises, and discussion, you find yourself moving into deep self-inquiry, developing skills to carry with you for the rest of your life.