Effortless Mindfulness Embodied: Awakening, Glimpse by Glimpse
May 1–6, 2022
May 1–6, 2022
with Loch Kelly
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What would the world be like if each of us discovered for ourselves how to live an awakened life? Awakening begins with a shift out of our small, separate sense of self, to discover an “awake” consciousness that we sense has been there all along. When we begin to inhabit this space, we discover that awakened awareness is inseparable from unconditional love and the dynamic aliveness interconnected with everything.

The first premise of Loch Kelly’s approach Effortless Mindfulness is that the freedom, connection, and awakeness we are seeking is already here within us. Effortless Mindfulness does not mean it “takes no effort”, but that there is an effortless awareness from which we are mindful. In this way, when we experience painful emotions, we can immediately shift out of our “chatting mind” and small self, and into an awakened consciousness that has the capacity to be compassionate toward ourselves.

In this workshop, Loch will present easily accessible methods that weave together different approaches to awakening — from neuroscience to cutting-edge psychological research to wisdom practices from around the world.  You will be offered the keys to supporting the awakening as the next natural stage of human development. You will learn how to shift out of your chattering mind and into embodied, openhearted awareness in the midst of everyday life.

By comparing and integrating contemporary psychological models of healing like IFS (Internal Family Systems) alongside an ancient wisdom map of awakening to our true nature, we will build deep somatic understandings of the unique energetic ways of connecting in order to talk, walk, create, relate, and live from a wise heart.

The retreat will include several practices…

  • Awareness Yoga (moving awareness through the body and mind)
  • Short, micro-meditations to help you immediately access awake consciousness
  • Peer Inquiry as a way to begin to communicate from the awakened heart-mind
  • Spontaneous Qigong, gentle yoga, and embodiment exercises
  • Methods for bringing the open-hearted, compassionate Self to soothe the stressed body, mind, and emotions
  • IFS-style exercises to bring your shadow parts and inner critics into healing, revealing our authentic self

Prerequisite: Familiarity with Loch’s Effortless Mindfulness glimpses from his community audio program.

Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is an award-winning author, licensed psychotherapist, and recognized leader in the fields of meditation, psychotherapy, and awakening. He has developed a system of micro-meditations to train people in awakening as the next stage of development.

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Workshop Schedule

Sun 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

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We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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