Loving Awareness Retreat

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Aug 12 - 17, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey into the contemplative, scientific, and healing dimensions of mindfulness with a team of meditation luminaries. Joining renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield are his close friends and colleagues Drs. Dan Siegel, Trudy Goodman, Shauna Shapiro, and Teja Bell. Dr. Kornfield is a trained clinical psychologist as well as leader in bringing mindfulness to the West. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Trudy Goodman is founding teacher of Insight LA and expertly weaves together vipassana meditation and developmental psychology. Shauna Shapiro is a professor of psychology whose expansive body of scientific work focuses on mindfulness as a key to health and well-being. Teja Bell is an accomplished martial artist, teacher of the energy arts, and recognized Rinzai Zen Master and lineage Dharma teacher. Teja will be teaching qigong during the retreat.

Together, the leaders will explore the theoretical and experiential realms of inner transformation. This retreat offers a unique blend of deep meditative practice, discussion of scientific research, story, metaphor, and a day of property-wide silent practice to help the teachings integrate more deeply into our lived experience. Together, these stellar facilitators will help you cultivate greater compassion and wisdom to enhance your capacity to live life with dignity and grace. You will learn how to work with and transform difficult emotions, feelings, and thoughts, and build the capacity to stay calm, focused, and balanced regardless of external circumstances. You will also learn how to bring awareness into your relationships in order to improve the quality of interactions in all spheres. Most importantly, you will discover how to tap into a limitless source of loving awareness through which the self can be nourished and healed. This process opens up the possibility to more deeply nourish and heal others. Come explore the potential to transform our individual and collective lives.

Recommended reading: Shapiro and Carlson, The Art and Science of Mindfulness; Kornfield, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love and Joy Right Where You Are; Siegel, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.

Source: www.esalen.org


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To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature. Rubin

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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