Nearly 2,500 years ago, Buddha worried we had become too distracted — that was before paper, let alone smartphones. Now many of our days are filled with convenient distractions that promise happiness while delivering busyness and frustration. So many of us today live life in a hectic fog, working too much and noticing too little. When was the last time you gave something your undivided attention?
There is a different way. During this weekend retreat, we will disconnect, slow down, and meditate together. We will learn the magic of stillness, of bringing our full awareness to what is now. The weekend follows a gentle schedule of sitting meditation punctuated by meals, small and large-group conversation, journal writing, and evening time in the baths, all while we explore the process and practice of more mindful living. We’ll be listening to our own bodies, noticing the food we eat, and truly engaging with the people around us – all to explore what it means to be fully present.
There will be time to share meals, enjoy walks through the gardens, soak in the baths, and experience the magic of Esalen. You will leave prepared to bring mindfulness to your work and home to reclaim a healthier and happier way to be.
Recommended reading: Dan Zigmond, Buddha's Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well.
Come prepared for adventure! Due to social-distancing requirements and in accordance with Monterey County and California state guidance, Esalen will be hosting all workshops and open classes in modified indoor-outdoor spaces, and outdoors. Please come prepared with warm, layered clothing, as well as wet weather gear in case Mother Nature blesses us with rain during your stay. Workshops will be held in a covered space with heaters, and may move back and forth from outdoor spaces into covered spaces.
Dan Zigmond is a Zen priest, writer, and data scientist. He is a Guiding Teacher at Jikoji Zen Center, and has led teams at Apple, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Google. His most recent book is Buddha's Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well.