For many years now the Deliberate Stillness day-long retreat has sold out, often with a waitlist with as many on it. With this weekend retreat, we will be able to drop in even deeper with fewer distractions and have more ways to connect with others. Silent periods will be observed through our morning meal, with non-dual yoga-mediation practices and free time to walk to Muir beach or through the Green Gulch Farm. Saturday will be a full day of silence with Friday and Sunday being more social. All meals through Sunday lunch will be included as are shared rooms for a quiet sleep. Our opening circle on Friday evening will include stargazing and a bonfire on Muir Beach.
"David, Thank you for the beautiful photo and for the wonderful day at Green Gulch. It enabled me to tune in to my mind/body state and subsequently to take steps to take better care of myself. Fabulous group of people, fabulous day." - Tory, Berkeley
“Thank you, David, for a wonderful day. The Deliberate Stillness Retreat was a perfect introduction for my first all day yoga-mediation retreat. My wife had attended the previous year’s retreat and this was her gift to me. I very much enjoyed the various forms of meditation and of course the yoga. Having the retreat at Green Gulch on a cool, rainy day served to enhance an already great experience. I am already looking forward to next year!” – Matt, Richmond
Pranayama: Breathing Practice, Energetic Practice
Kriya: Usually means more of a cleansing or clearing practice. Some types of pranayama are considered Kriyas because of their specific affect.
Meditation: Mindfulness Practice. Various types of mindful meditation practices will be lead and will include Zen-styled walking practice.
Yoga Nidra: Guided Relaxation and Rejuvenating Meditation.
Asana: Physical Practice (Exercise) to open the Nadis or subtle body energetic pathways.
"What an extraordinary day at Green Gulch: still feeling the depth and stillness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - Odin, Berkeley
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd
4:45 Yoga - Stillwater Studio
7:15 Opening Circle:
Bonfire on Muir Beach
SATURDAY, JUNE 4th
6:30 Meditation - Stillwater Studio
9:30 Prana Qi Practice
1:00 Free Time
2:30 Yoga Nidra
3:00 Therapeutic Yoga
4:30 Yin Yoga
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
9:30 Room Check-Out
1:30 Meditation & Closing Circle
WHAT TO BRING
Flashlight, Overnight kit, Dress comfortably in layers. Fog can roll in even on the warmest days, or it might be sunny and warm throughout. Yoga props are available or bring your favorites to ensure your comfort. Eye pillow!
I will send out an email to the participants the week before the retreat and encourage you to carpool if possible. Many of you will be coming from the same areas.
3:00 pm Friday – 1:00 pm Sunday
Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
Register by May 1st, 2022. Balance due May 15th
- Single Accommodation: $745.
- Shared Accommodation: $585.
Price includes; Room, shared bath, 6 meals, tea service, instruction, studio & props, and parking.
$225. of your payment is non-refundable. Cancellations made 30 days or less before the start date are fully non-refundable.
"Asana without meditation is not asana that’s helping us evolve in a more fundamental understanding of our deeper purpose and our spiritual capacity. Just because we’re doing asana, does not mean we’re doing Yoga. Yoga is the essence of life. It’s awakening to that essence of being…the height of becoming…and the height of being. That’s Yoga.
You can do asana and not be established in Yoga. And you can be in Yoga, and not do asana. You can be an asana master, and be a mess. You can be so advanced, in so many asanas, and yet be living your life in a completely unhealthy, adharmic way…a way that’s not supportive of the greater good. And you can be living in a way that is supporting the greater good, and not do asana.
The asana is simply an adjunct, a tool, that we use to achieve a greater state of freedom. But we can have that freedom without the asana.
If more of us were steeped in an authentic Yoga tradition, there would be more Yoga in our asana.”
- Yogarupa Rod Stryker
“Look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every person you meet — you just find your way between them.” -Nisargadatta