TOOLS for MINDFUL LIVING RETREAT
March 4- 6, 2011
A new year- a fresh start- a perfect time to discover how mindfulness can help you live with more awareness, equanimity and joy. If you have ever wondered what mindfulness is - this is your chance to discover by enrolling in a Mindful Living Retreat.
Make 2011 Your Year of Living Mindfully!
You are invited…
to give yourself the gift of discovering and deepening mindfulness practice; of quieting your mind and reawakening stillness and connection with yourself. In our hectic, over-scheduled lives, it is hard to find oases of tranquility to restore and rejuvenate. Allow the peaceful nature of this beautiful retreat center, surrounded by meadows, woods and wetlands to support you to step out of the distractions and responsibilities of your everyday life and taste the experience of "just being."
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is purposefully paying attention to what goes on in your mind and body, in a non-judgmental, curious way. Practicing mindfulness, you become aware of tensions, emotions and thoughts, and discover how to respond with more awareness and less reactivity. Mindfulness helps you deeply relax both body and mind, cope better with stress, and improve your health and wellbeing. It is not something to acquire, but a deep internal resource that is always available. Mindful awareness of moment-to-moment experience, with an attitude of openness and acceptance, reawakens your inner wisdom and clarity.
What to Expect at the Retreat
Who Should Attend?
Tools for Mindful Living Retreats are of benefit to people from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome -regardless of previous experience of meditation. If you are new to meditation, you will receive clear, simple directions about posture, breathing and working with your mind and emotional states. Silent practice can be challenging to beginning meditators, but most find it a surprisingly valuable discovery. If you already have a contemplative practice and experience of meditation- this is an opportunity to stabilize and deepen your practice.
Bring a yoga mat and cushion, and dress comfortably.
Leave feeling rejuvenated and empowered with tools for living more mindfully!
Early registration strongly recommended
Space is limited!
Questions or Information
Friday March 4th 5pm – Sunday March 6th – 2pm
Plan to arrive any time between 3 – 5 p.m. on Friday to settle in, and depart any time after lunch before 3pm on Sunday. Please notify us if you will arrive later than 5 p.m. on Friday.
Meals are both delicious and nutritious! Chef Patti creates the freshest and most organic meals available from the produce in our local markets and farms. Breakfast is buffet style –lunches are vegetarian - meat protein options are available with dinner. Retreat fee includes all meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunch.
Aldermarsh is a beautiful residential retreat center on the south end of Whidbey Island. It is situated on 11 tranquil acres of wetlands, laced with walkways and teaming with wildlife. The grounds center around the Marsh House- an open, circular space with floor-to ceiling windows opening onto the meadow- where we gather for our sessions.
There are three fully equipped lodging facilities, two single room cabins, yurt, and an outdoor Japanese soaking tub, surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens. Acres of preserved wooded hiking trails are within walking distance and wonderful beaches a short drive away. Please see the website for further description and photos- http://www.marshhouse.com/ Information on Whidbey Island- http://www.go-washington.com/Whidbey-Island
$395 –includes retreat; lodging with shared accommodation; healthy, nutritious meals and snacks; full use of the of retreat grounds and facilities- including Japanese soaking tub.
There are a limited number of private accommodations available on first come- first served basis. Include payment to make this request. If these accommodations are no longer available, this fee will be refunded via PayPal.
$100- Private accommodation fee-$50 per night
$315 -includes all retreat fees without accommodation
$295 –Special Rate for Whidbey Island residents
Cancellation before February 1st –registration fees refunded less $50
Cancellation after February 1st – registration fees refunded less $100
Cancellation after February 25th- no refund
Extend your stay!
Consider adding extra days of personal retreat at Aldermarsh
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