Join us and others of like mind for a day-long retreat: Mindfulness is a Source of Happiness.
“I am excited to announce my first public workshop since Esalen® 2008. The topic of Mindfulness is dear to me and I am using as my title the calligraphy from my root teacher Thich Nhat Hanh”.
Why would Thay say that mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy? Mindfulness is a real, everyday practice of experiencing contact, aliveness, and conscious awareness in the here and now. As he states, “We can recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. We can enjoy our breath and touch so many miracles that we can see, feel, sense, and experience”. Even our darkest moments are felt in the here and now; we can experience and share our descent and directly feel our pain or sorrow. We can soften our self-talk and find liberation from our internal chatter that creates tension.
Together we will explore these themes:
• States of forgetfulness
• Effortlessness of practice
• Elegant silence
• Concentration as a source of happiness
• Communication from a warm space of listening
The workshop will be predominately experiential with opportunities to practice mindfulness. These tools can be carried with you always and help you to access your natural contentment in any given moment. We will learn breathing exercises, focused concentration, body awareness, tension release, and walking meditation. We will also practice relational skills that encourage deep listening, patience and mindful communication.
Let us spend a day together in practice.
Date: Saturday May 15, 2010 from 9:30am-5:00pm
Location: Marin County, California
Fee: Early Enrollment Fee if paid by 4/15/10: $200 per person or $350 per couple
Standard Fee if paid after 4/15/10: $300 per person or $450 per couple, $145 per person for CIIS students
Contact: Lisa Nichols at 650-692-4426 or email@example.com for
registration and more information.
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