Entering the Silence with Sarah and Ty Powers
Expanding the Heart with the ‘4 Immeasurables’: living with love, compassion, joy and equanimity. Buddha activity in our everyday lives.
Prerequisite: You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice and a strong interest in Mindfulness meditation before attending this retreat.
In this retreat we will practice yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. Our meditations will not only focus on concentration and investigation (Shamatha and Vipashyana), but will explore the compassionate practices often called the dwelling places of the gods, (Brahma Viharas or Immeasurables). These are the aspiration methods that allow us to envision living from our essence nature in interpersonal dynamics both toward ourselves, and others. We will develop a mood of Maitri or loving friendship toward experience and cultivate a caring attitude towards the human predicament as well as our intrinsic potential.
For the body we will engage in two long yoga sessions per day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an ease of being. For the heart and mind we will practice several mediation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving kindness.
To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat.
Please read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga, The Four Immeasurables: Practices To Open The Heart by Alan Wallace, and practice with one of Sarah’s DVDs before attending.
Location: Kalani Retreat Center on Big Island, Hawaii
Dates: January 4-10, 2015
Check-in: Between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: After breakfast
Silence will begin after dinner on January 4th and be held until the afternoon of the day before departure. Short individual meetings (optional) can be scheduled with Sarah and Ty.
Retreat full, for wait list contact Greg at Greg@SarahPowers.com.
Single with Private Bath $1900
Double with Private Bath $1600
Triple with Private Bath $1300
Single with Shared Bath $1700
Double with Shared Bath $1400
Triple with Shared Bath $1100
Deposit $500. Triple Rooms are reserved for female students.