May I be a place of refuge, a sanctuary, shelter in the storm. – Shanti Deva’s daily prayer
Join us for five days of mindfulness, movement, and flow guided by the spirit of gratitude. Journey home to the radiance of your heart fire as we savor every moment and movement in this feast of life. Each day will include three spacious, experiential sessions with Shiva and Demetri, your compassionate guides in learning how to fully enjoy a daily heart-mind-opening meditation practice, both on and off the cushion. Our intention is to create a space to unwind into authenticity through an “energetic menu” of meditation formats including seated meditation, breath flow, movement, yoga, Prana Danda, ritual, wisdom prayers from Buddhist and Tantric traditions, and being in nature around the fire, by the creek, and in the hot springs.
In our daily morning session, we’ll enjoy relaxing awareness and “nine round breathing” meditation, which balances the energy channels and clears the mind. For the afternoon sessions, students choose from two simultaneous offerings, either Prana Flow yoga and Shaiva Tantric moving meditation with Shiva, or seated Tantric-Buddhist based prayer meditation with Demetri. For the evening sessions, experience regeneration sessions including relaxation arts, intimate soul council, fire-offering meditation, or hot springs sound bath. The heart of meditation is a flow of transformative forms of meditation for well-being and realization. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced teacher, together we will create five days of heart-centered mindful practice.
There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.