Deliberate Stillness Weekend Retreat

JUNE 21-23, 2024

The Deliberate Stillness retreat has sold out for several years, often with a waitlist with as many on it. This weekend retreat was added after several requests for a longer, deeper dive than the day-long version, enabling Mor reflective time and more meaningful ways to connect with ourselves and others.

This summer solstice weekend begins with a bonfire on Muir Beach on Friday evening (Shabbat), after which we will begin the practice of Noble Silence through Saturday sunset (Havdalah.) The retreat ends after lunch on Sunday. All instruction, yoga props, meals, and shared accommodations are included in the registration fee.

“I have sat long meditation retreats at Spirit Rock for years and was so impressed by how quickly I dropped into this retreat thanks to your seamless skill of weaving mindfulness movement and sitting meditation together. It felt like I had been meditating for a week on day one—which I attribute to the sequence of practices and your warm instruction. Thank you so much. Count me in on the next one!”  --Mariam, San Anselmo

A full moon and the dynamic energies of the summer solstice will support this retreat. 🙏 David 

“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. The retreat at Green Gulch on a cool, rainy day enhanced 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



3:30 Check-In
4:45 Yoga - Stillwater Studio
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Opening Circle:
Bonfire on Muir Beach

6:30 Meditation - Stillwater Studio
7:15 Breakfast
9:00 Meditation
9:30 Prana Qi Practice
10:30 Meditation
10:45 Yoga
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Free Time
2:30 Yoga Nidra
3:00 Therapeutic Yoga
4:00 Meditation
4:30 Yin Yoga
6: Dinner

6:30 Meditation
7:15 Breakfast
9:00 Meditation
9:30 Room Check-Out
10:30 Yoga
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Meditation & Closing Circle


Flashlight, overnight kit, comfortable layered clothing. The fog can roll in even on the warmest days or be sunny and warm throughout. Yoga props are available, or you bring your favorites to ensure your comfort. Please bring an eye pillow if you have one.


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, 2024. Balance due May 15th.

  • Single Accommodation: $885.
  • Shared Accommodation: $685.

Price includes room, shared bath, six meals, tea service, instruction, studio & props, and parking.

Your deposit 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

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