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April 21, 2021—April 24, 2021

Real-Life Mindfulness: How to Find Connection and Joy in Daily Life- Jessica Morey & Ghylian Bell

Something’s not clicking.

You’ve been meditating for a while, but watching your breath doesn’t translate into the “real world” of spouses, diapers, deadlines and grocery shopping.

You’ve had beautiful experiences when you’re sitting quietly at home or on retreat, but back in the swirl of life you get swept up into old patterns and emotional reactivity.

You feel good while you’re meditating, but in daily life you feel disconnected, numb and unsatisfied.

You want to live with vibrancy, joy and connection – but don’t know how to bridge the gap.

Join Jessica Morey and Ghylian Bell (yoga and movement practice)  for 4 days of meditation, movement and discussion – learning to bring mindfulness practice off the cushion and into your life so you can experience more joy, intimacy and connection. Learn how to . . .

• Show up with kindness, compassion, joy in daily life in relationships and at work
• Connect deeply with yourself and others
• Access calm in your mind and body throughout the day
• Prioritize caring for yourself and your relationships
• Feel more connected to your desires
• Clarify what you most want in any moment
• Tap into your desires and let go of guilt / shame
• Stay connected to a deeper sense of purpose and direction in your life
• Feel and listen to your emotions in real time, without getting overwhelmed or side-tracked by them

What we’ll do together . . .
• Intention-setting every morning
• Connect to your body through yoga and embodiment practices that you can apply in daily life
• Meditate as a group with guidance
• Discuss what you’re learning with accountability buddies and small groups
• Practice mindfulness in conversations through relational mindfulness practice
• Take what you’re learning and explore how it applies in “real life” between sessions
• Cultivate self-love, self-worth and self-trust as a foundation for deep well-being in your life

Virtual Retreat Schedule – held Online in Zoom:

Wednesday April 21: Let’s get started!
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST  Introduction to the retreat, the schedule and themes

Thursday & Friday April 22 and 23: Lovingkindness & Compassion
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 am EST  meditation, movement and intention setting
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 pm EST – Optional meditation
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm EST – daily debrief with small groups, practice dyads, teaching points and practice

Saturday April 24: Joy!!
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST movement practice, dyad/triad practices, meditation, teaching on joy and celebration, intention setting moving forward.

The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration.  Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Who’s this retreat for?
This retreat is for you if . . .
• You’ve meditated for a while but can’t seem to translate your meditation practice into the “real world”
• You’re busy with work and life commitments, and are looking for a space to reconnect and find calm in the middle of your day
• You want to live a full, vibrant life and bring the tools of mindfulness into relationship
• You’re looking to connect with a community of like-minded people

Who’s it NOT for?
This retreat is not for you if . . .
• Are brand new to meditation
• Want a solitary mindfulness practice. We’ll be working together in connection!

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for this workshop series for those with financial need. To apply online, please refer here.

Jessica Morey is a cofounder and lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a nonprofit organization bringing in-depth mindfulness and compassion training to teens, young adults and the parents and professionals who support them. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats, offered by the Insight Meditation Society and has been studying and training in meditation for the last quarter century. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Engineering and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. She loves dancing, yoga, and being in nature. To learn more about Jessica’s work please visit: https://jessicamorey.org/

Ghylian Bell founder and director of The Urban Yoga Foundation (UYF) since 2007. Began practicing yoga and mindfulness in 1994 to help deepen the bond with her daughter. Ghylian did her first meditation with Bunny Wailer and studied the Hatha Ashtanga Tradition with Eddie Stern at Yoga Shala. At that time, as a stressed single mother of one, she began to teach herself and remember how these teachings have always been a part of her life. Her commitment to pass on to her daughter as well as teaching at her daughters school creating a connection that would unify them in a unique way. This would lead to Ghylian’s completion of Alan Finger’s ISHTA certification program, The Integrative Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda. Bell is also a certified lifestyle coach of Joshua Rosenthal’s, Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her teachers also include Maju Jois son of Patabbi Jois. In 2015 she was introduced to the teaching methods of Tao Porch Lynch and Kemetic yoga teacher Yiser Ra Hotep changing the way she would approach the practice forever. Her focus now fuses the practices of Kemetic Hatha and Tao lineages. Her passion for teaching comes from sharing yoga and mindfulness skills that provide students of all colors to reclaim their indigenous presence within. To learn about Ghylian’s work please visit: http://www.urbanyogafoundation.org/

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution towards our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Registration Options

1 - Registration Fee 250.00