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The Marriage of Meditation and Yoga
July 12 @ 7:00 pm - July 17 @ 12:30 pm
A silent retreat, flowing from sitting meditation to walking meditation to meditation in movement in yoga practice
This silent retreat will flow from periods of sitting meditation (on cushions or chairs) to walking meditation to several periods of yoga practice each day. The yoga is grounded in awareness of breath and the physical movement that flows out of that breath awareness. It will also include the deep meditative “rest” of yoga nidra practice. Beginners to yoga and meditation are very welcome. There will be meditation and yoga practice instruction each day, and a dharma talk each evening. And while the retreat is silent, we will offer group meeting times and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with the teachers.
The core work of all our retreats is the practice of intimacy with each living moment of experience. We work to come home to our own living presence and the presence of our community and our environment. From this place of ‘homeness’ we can participate with love and wisdom in the life of the world—through bright times and dark times.
As the Korean Buddhist poet Ko Un so beautifully put it:
You are cordially invited
to celebrate the bigness of being
the mystery of the holy ordinary
the flowers of a moment
Meals: All meals will be made by Light on the Hill staff. Meals are deliciously vegetarian, and will be gluten-free and/or vegan as necessary. We will try to accommodate any special dietary restrictions.
Retreat Cost: The retreat is offered on a dana basis. We charge $860, which covers the actual room and board costs, plus some other expenses. We will put out a bowl at the end for retreatants to make any offerings to the teachers that they feel appropriate.
How to Register: Please send a deposit of $200 (along with your name, phone number and email) to Jeff Collins, 312 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, or you can send the deposit via PayPal to email@example.com, but be sure we know your name, phone number and email address.
Retreat Facilitators: Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad
Jeff Collins is a retired hospice social worker living in Ithaca, N.Y. He has been leading silent retreats for 30 years, including at Southern Dharma in North Carolina. He has been practicing meditation in the Zen and Theravadin traditions for over 40 years and has done three three-month silent retreats at IMS. He has also been a student in Diamond Heart work for 27 years.
Gisela Konrad has been leading silent retreats for 25 years. She has been a certified yoga teacher for 30 years, studying under Gary Kraftzow, Richard Miller, and the late Joan Ruvinsky. She has completed two three-month silent retreats at IMS, and has been engaged in Diamond Heart work for five years.