Course + Retreat
4 small group classes + a weekend retreat in upstate New York
Let's spend some time together delving deeper into the best parts of meditation: compassion and meaningful connection to ourselves and others. In this small group summer mentorship, material and meditations will build on themselves, allowing participants to develop a strong foundation in compassion. This mentorship consists of:
• Small group guidance and progressive study
• In-depth meditation instruction plus related philosophy
• Small group yoga instruction specifically for meditation (optional)
• Hand-made Yoga for Meditation Handbook
• Suggested homework (2 meditations each week to practice at home)
• Every-day compassion practices (that you can practice at work, etc.)
• Health and media tips (including recipes)
• Meditation resources (including selected readings)
• Class notes
• Weekend Self-Compassion Meditation Retreat (accommodation fee is separate)
Relish the time to practice all you've learned in the course during the height of summer's beauty in a weekend meditation/yoga retreat in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. In addition to yoga and meditation, there will be ample time for swimming, hiking, napping, and old-fashioned relaxing. This weekend is about connecting deeply with yourself and nature. It's structured, but without the stress. No super-long meditation sessions, and yes — you can talk! I hope you'll even sing and dance!
$340 (includes classes, materials, and retreat instruction). Retreat accommodation is separate.
Retreat accommodation for Friday night – Sunday afternoon. Includes all meals. $250 for shared accommodations (2 people per room with a private bath). $330 for a single room with shared bath. Explore 134 acres of woodlands, nature trails, waterfall, gorge, swimming hole, labyrinth, gardens, campfire, and home-grown organic, vegetarian meals.
Dates, Time, and location
Weekly classes — THURSDAYS, 6:30-8:15 p.m. on July 13, 20, 27 & August 3, at 28th Street & Broadway
Traveling? No problem. Video conference in, or listen to the audio at your convenience.
Retreat — August 11–13 at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center, Upstate NY(2.5 hours by train or car from NYC)
weekly Class Format
6:30–7:15 Optional Yoga
7:15–8:15 Meditation Class
Weekly class curriculum
week one / july 13 : Compassion: What it really is, and why it's the smartest thing going
Yoga for Seated Meditation: Simple, accessible yoga to make seated meditation more comfortable
Meditation: Getting in Touch with Our Humanity: values, common connections, and intention
At Home Focus: Deepening your connection to yourself, others, and your environment
week two / july 20 : learning to mentor ourselves
Yoga for Anxiety: A yoga routine to calm anxiety
Meditation: Talking to Yourself like You Would Talk to a Friend
At Home Focus: Developing a gratitude practice
week three / july 27 : compassion in every-day life
Yoga for Rejuvenation: Yoga to calm the nervous system
Meditation: "Emergency/On-the-Spot" Compassion Practices
At Home Focus: Cultivating loving presence
week four / Aug 3 : Deeply Nurturing ourselves and others
Yoga for Yoga for Strength & Energy: Yoga for building energy and vitality
Meditation: In depth instruction on "Little Me"
At Home Focus: More joy, please!
week five / aug 11 : retreat
Revitalize yourself in nature, and savor the time to practice the meditations you've learned. Optional yoga is included. You will also learn special advice passed down from my teacher for enjoying retreat (whether solo retreat or group retreats).