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January 4, 2019—January 6, 2019

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

Begin the New Year with a resolution and intention to become more aware of the body and trust in its innate wisdom. This special weekend retreat will appeal to to those looking to align their bodies, hearts and minds in the serenity of a contemplative environment. We will offer a smorgasbord of embodying practices that can easily become your daily practice for the year. 

This retreat includes instruction on five different practices that focus on the wisdom of the body and can help you reduce stress: qigong, yoga, Breath Body Mind, mindfulness meditation, and the Feldenkrais Method (a practice that employs movement with awareness to improve the quality of our actions). 

All sessions will be held in the Meditation Hall. The weekend will begin with a panel discussion with the instructors who will explain the practices they will teach. 

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 five disciplines dealing with the body. Well, we received exceptional instruction from five 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, 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 19 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 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.  

Mary Newell is a guild-certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and a writer. She has a broad background in holistic healing and has taught classes and workshops in adult education venues, Wainwright House, and at the New York Open Center. She offers individual sessions and workshops in Garrison, NY. Learn more. At this retreat she will be teaching the Feldenkrais Method, which employs movement with awareness to improve the quality of our actions. By focusing attentively on sensations as you move through a coordinated sequence of movements, you can learn to eliminate tensions and discover more effective and comfortable ways of moving. The Feldenkrais Method has widespread application for relieving pain, improving alignment, coordination, and ease and range of movement, preventing injury and strain, and enhancing skill performance, creative pursuits, and sense of coordinated presence.

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.

Jennifer Llewellyn, RYT believes yoga is a boundless expression of grace, imagination and strength. Her teaching style emphasizes the many benefits of yoga and how they are integrated into our daily lives for optimal health and happiness. Jennifer teaches throughout the Hudson Valley. www.majestichudson.com


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