From Anxiety to Calm Presence: Dharma and Yoga
Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

From Anxiety to Calm Presence: Dharma and Yoga

Anxiety and fatigue can be constant companions, which can derail our well-being. When we align the mind with the slower rhythms of the body and unwind, we can reconnect with a calm embodied presence.

This retreat will offer Dharma teachings on releasing fear and cultivating self compassion. We will connect to the body through somatic movement, yoga postures, and breath work. Our practice will offer techniques to ground the nervous system and create a container of safety and support to promote relaxation. The yoga sessions will be both dynamic and nourishing for ease and resilience.

Appropriate for all levels.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

Sliding Scale: $75 – 200. Code DM3D18.

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Tias Little ~ Embodied Dharma: Yoga, Connective Tissue and Interbeing
Feb
1
to Feb 3

Tias Little ~ Embodied Dharma: Yoga, Connective Tissue and Interbeing

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Weekend Event with Tias Little at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Yoga historically has emphasized connection to a unified field of being. In the microcosm of the body, all structures are interwoven. Connective tissue is the physical structure that holds us together, connecting the liver to the lung, and the tibia to the tailbone. In the macrocosm of the larger world, all things are interwoven and interdependent. Thich Nhat Hanh has called this “inter-being”.

In this week-end immersion, we will practice movements that enhance the flow of fascia through the body, and through insight meditation and dharma study, we will investigate how all things within us and around us are interwoven.

Schedule:
Friday 6-9pm:
Settling IN: Releasing the Legs and Pelvis

Saturday 10am-5:30pm:
Centering IN: Opening and Strengthening the Core
Breathing IN: Expanding the Diaphragm

Sunday 10am-5:30pm:
Moving IN: Building Elasticity in the Lungs and Ribs
Listening IN: Working with the Cranium, Jaw and Ear in Yoga

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A Steady, Courageous Heart: Dharma and Yoga
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

A Steady, Courageous Heart: Dharma and Yoga

Courage is a capacity of the heart that allows us to be stable amid fear and uncertainty. Through the power of mindful yoga asana and ‘somatic’ movement, we will release the contraction of fear to develop a full, embodied presence. With the body stable and grounded, we can cultivate the ability to meet what arises with a steady, courageous heart. We will learn meditation specific to working with fearful mind states, and pranayama to energize and support meditation. Our day together will weave dynamic and restorative yoga, breath work, Dharma, and meditation.

Appropriate for all levels.

Sliding Scale: $75 – 200. Code DM1D19.

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Joyful Presence: Zen and Yoga
May
24
to May 27

Joyful Presence: Zen and Yoga

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Joy is always available to us, but is often obscured by a distracted mind and contracted body. When we align the mind with the slower rhythms of the body and infuse the body with mindful awareness, joyful ease can arise — even in the midst of difficulty or grief.
This retreat will weave Dharma teachings, Zen practice, somatic movement, asana, and breath work. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and nourishing, cultivating focus and ease through attention to inner alignment and awakening to sensation. Our time together will include exploring Tassajara and immersing ourselves in the magic of this valley where Zen practice has thrived for 50 years.
Opens for registration in Feb. 2019

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Doe Bay Summer Retreat 2019
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Doe Bay Summer Retreat 2019

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June 7-9, 2019 |  Doe Bay; Orcas Island, WA
Doe Bay Weekend Retreat
This annual retreat is always a beautiful experience weaving somatics, asana, chanting, pranayama, meditation, and journaling. A sweet community forms on these retreats through the shared process of yoga and the incredible beauty of Doe Bay.

*Please note, the retreat fee does not include meals or lodging. Please book your lodging separately at DoeBay.Com

 

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Embodied Self Compassion: Yoga and Zen
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Embodied Self Compassion: Yoga and Zen

With Djuna Mascall and Siobhan Cassidy
The greatest gift we can offer ourselves is self compassion- relating to ourselves with kindness regardless of our circumstances. For most, self compassion requires mindful awareness of our inner dialogue and guided practice. This retreat will offer Dharma teachings on becoming mindful of our inner critic and cultivating self compassion. Our yoga sessions will nurture our bodies and cultivate sensory awareness through somatic movement, asana, and breath work. Our practice will offer techniques to release stress and create a container of safety and support to promote relaxation and open heartedness. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and nourishing for ease and resilience.

Open to all levels.

Retreat Fees: $185; $166 current SFZC members; $148 limited income. Housing fees are separate. Some partial scholarships available for retreat fee only.

The retreat fee does not include overnight accommodations. To make your room reservation please call the GGF office at 415.354.0411 or 415.354.0412.
There will be a waiting list for those who wish to participate as day commuters.

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Song of the Body: A Sacred Women's Retreat
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Song of the Body: A Sacred Women's Retreat

Led by Katie Gray and Djuna Mascall

When women gather with the intention and support to release shame, fear, and judgement- powerful transformation can occur. Our weekend retreat will be a space in which to unfold, rest, and nurture your body. Receive the healing medicine of music, yoga, the beauty of Orcas Island, food from the land, and sisterhood.

The yoga practice will be a unique combination of dynamic asana, somatic movement, and pranayama led by Djuna Mascall. We will engage with the asanas as vehicles of insight and nourishment for body and mind. This loving attention for the body allows the mind and heart to settle and deep inner work is possible. 

Through motivational speaking, group exercises and a guided meditation sound bath, Katie Gray will lovingly lead the group through a sacred journey of understanding the individual and collective mind. By witnessing that which does not serve, we are able to return to a place of consciousness and presence, allowing for a deeper understanding of Love, acceptance and freedom.

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Yoga and Zen: Embodied Practice, Embodied Wisdom
Jul
11
to Jul 15

Yoga and Zen: Embodied Practice, Embodied Wisdom

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Autumn is nature’s time to turn inward; leaves fall and energy returns to roots. Amidst the demands of daily life we can become stuck in constant outward growth. Our view may narrow and body movements become confined, as if fixating on a single star while failing to see the vastness of the night sky. In a day of mindful yoga and Zen practice we will study our perpetual forward movement and explore what it means to “take the backward step”; allow our breath to expand, our bodies to unwind, and our awareness to widen. In doing so, we nourish our own roots. We will dance with the innate presence available in every moment and return home nourished with a fresh perspective and rejuvenated spirit.

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Dharma and Yoga: The Practice of Non-Harming
Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Dharma and Yoga: The Practice of Non-Harming

The foundation of Dharma and Yoga is ahimsa or non-harming. Ahimsa can be realized through a kind and nurturing approach to the body. In this day retreat, we will cultivate ahimsa through mindfulness of the nuance of sensation in the body and the subtle pathway of the breath. This will foster calm abiding from which we can see into and transform our underlying habits of aversive thinking and forcing the body.
Our practice will combine mindful asana, somatic movement, pranayama, and meditation on kindness.

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. 

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Dharma and Yoga: Joyful Presence
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Dharma and Yoga: Joyful Presence

Joy is always available to us, but is often obscured by a distracted mind and contracted body. When we align the mind with the slower rhythms of the body and infuse the body with mindful awareness, joyful ease can arise — even in the midst of difficulty or grief.

This retreat will weave Dharma teachings, meditation, somatic movement, asana, and breath work. We will practice mindfulness of the breath and body for present moment awareness. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and nourishing, cultivating focus and ease through attention to inner alignment and awakening to sensation.

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. 

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