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January 3, 2020—January 5, 2020

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

Begin the New Year with an exploration of a variety of mind-body practices. This special weekend retreat will appeal to those looking to align their bodies, hearts and minds in the serenity of a contemplative environment. We will offer an array of embodying practices that can easily become the basis of your daily practice for the year.

This retreat includes instruction in four different practices that foster a sense of connection with the wisdom of the body and, in the process, can help reduce stress:  qigong, yoga, Breath Body Mind, and mindfulness meditation.

All sessions will be held in the Meditation Hall. The weekend will begin Friday evening with an introduction to the different practices and end Sunday afternoon after lunch.

Our caterer, Fresh Company, will carefully prepare healthy, delicious meals that are vegetarian, featuring locally grown and produced ingredients. Even in the winter the Hudson Valley offers many local items for the communal buffet meals we serve, including cheese, polenta, vegetables, and eggs.

*Open to all levels of experience, including beginners. *

“When we signed up for this retreat, we were simply looking for some exposure to disciplines dealing with the body. Well, we received exceptional instruction from several different masters, but we received much more.

The instructors attended one another’s classes and participated fully; in their own presentations, they referenced one another’s teachings. Throughout the weekend, they interacted with the participants in an open,
caring manner, in and outside of class, chatting with us in the halls and eating meals with us.

As a result, they brilliantly demonstrated in a real and sincere way that we are all in this together–masters and students in a supportive community, mindfully attending to the best in ourselves and each other. The openness,
intimacy, and support we shared were palpable and elevated the experience to another level. Who could ask for anything more?”

—Former participant


Ann Herington is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, retired business leader, mother, partner, food enthusiast, and recent transplant to the Hudson Valley. Her teachers have included Tara Brach, Hugh Byrne,
Jonathan Foust, Pat Coffey, Adyashanti, Gregory Kramer, and Bruce Tift, among others. At this retreat she will be offering mindfulness meditation instruction.


Ron Hershey is nationally board-certified in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and has been in practice for 22 years. He is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York and Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Prior to studying acupuncture and herbal medicine, Ron worked in documentary and feature film editing, including the landmark Bill Moyers series “Healing and the Mind.” A long time student at the Ohashi Institute in New York, he practiced Shiatsu, the Japanese acupressure form of body work, for many years. At this retreat he will be teaching the Breath Body Mind, which combines ancient and modern techniques to modulate the nervous system, relieve stress and improve physical and emotional well-being. Based on the work of the eminent integrative psychiatrist and author, Dr. Richard Brown of Columbia University with whom Ron studied for many years, this approach utilizes repeated rounds of gentle movement, guided breathing and meditation to address imbalances of our stress response system.

Teresa Peppard has 30 years experience in martial art forms and has been teaching Tai Chi Ch’uan for the past 20 years. She continues her studies with 4th generation Master Alex Dong in New York City. Teresa is also a New York State licensed massage therapist practicing in Cold Spring, NY. At this retreat she will be teaching the art of Tai Chi Ch’uan, a moving meditation practice that harmonizes body, mind and spirit in the practitioner. Rooted in the martial arts, Tai Chi is also a study in relationship to self, the environment and to others. In her work with groups, participants explore the body-mind nature of this art form through the experiences of postural adjustment, guided movement and gentle partner work.

Leslie Mott is a Registered Yoga Teacher certified in the Vinyasa style of practice, and has studied the discipline of yoga in Hatha, Yin, and Iyengar.  She currently teaches classes privately and at Ascend Studio in Cold Spring, NY. She believes that yoga expands our compassionate awareness, helping every student to rediscover grace, flexibility and groundedness.  Leslie is also a Spiritual Director, a Certified Focusing Professional, and a member of Spiritual Directors International as well as the International Focusing Institute. An experienced retreat leader, she has presented to and guided groups at Holy Cross Monastery, Mariondale  and Maryknoll Retreat Centers, among others. Leslie is particularly drawn to working with those in the “helping professions,” social workers, heath care practitioners, clergy and counselors. With a regular practice of yoga, meditation, and focusing, Leslie considers herself a student first and a teacher second, joining with others to discern and live out lives of contemplation, mindfulness and action.


Registration Options

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Total Fees by Room Choice.