Trusting the Wisdom of Direct Experience: Embodied Listening®

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David Rome

David Rome

Our bodies hold our lives. They hold wisdom and energy for living and growing. They also hold our obstacles: anxiety, painful emotions and constricting habitual patterns.The more we are able to make loving contact with these places and live deeply from within our bodies, the more our stuck places transform, allowing for a more authentic, joyous and fruitful life.

During this retreat, we will draw on three contemplative practices that cultivate insight, compassion and confidence: Mindfulness Meditation to relax mental holding patterns; Alexander Technique to release physical holding patterns; and Mindful Focusing to access deeper feelings held in the body. This workshop is highly experiential and includes periods of meditation, exploration of the felt sense, gentle hands-on bodywork, sharing together and humor.

About the Instructors

Instructors David Rome and Hope Martin have been teaching together since 2002 throughout North America. Both are qualified Focusing Trainers as well as Buddhist meditation teachers. To learn more about Hope and David’s work, visit and read their article “Are You Listening?” published in the Shambhala Sun.

From the SMC Blog

“Our bodies hold our lives. They hold wisdom and energy for living and growing—and they hold the things that get in the way of living and growing: fear, anxiety, stress and more. When negative holding patterns are not recognized, tensions build up and space for living constricts.” – David Rome & Hope Martin

Read the rest of David & Hope’s article Embodied Listening on our blog.

Also check out this article from David & Hope from Shambhala Sun.



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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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