The winter solstice and New Year’s Eve is a potent time to reflect, renew, and invite our deepest intentions for the coming year. Meditation offers a profound opportunity to focus inward, and to deeply connect with oneself, create intentions, and reflect on life values and aspirations. This darkest season is the prelude to a return of the light. It is a perfect time to cultivate the heart, body, and mind through meditation practices that open us to our deeper experiences of love, compassion, joy, and wisdom.
During this retreat, we explore the simple but profound practice of mindfulness as the foundation of living a fully embodied, joyful, and awake life. We will engage with the rich, sensual experience of Esalen, the sounds and beauty of the ocean, and the wonder and profound richness of our moment-to-moment experience. We will also engage in mindful movement practices and practices of metta (love), karuna (compassion), and mudita (joy). We will learn about the revolutionary research in mindfulness and neurobiology that illustrates the profound impact meditation can have in cultivating greater health and wellbeing in our lives. Out of this depth of connection, we will set clear intentions and aspirations for the New Year.
Recommended reading: Shapiro, Carlson and Kabat-Zinn, The Art and Science of Mindfulness; Kornfield, A Path With Heart; Salzberg, Lovingkindness.