“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection,” the Buddha said. Maitri, or lovingkindess, is a practice for cultivating gentle friendliness towards oneself and others. Come practice and explore this transformative practice through movement, meditation, journaling, discussion and silence. In this primarily silent retreat, you will:
- slow down
- get in touch with the kindness that lives inside all of us
- learn or deepen your meditation practice
- practice compassion in movement
- rest and rejuvenate
- learn take home tools you can use to support yourself in your daily life
- eat delicious, vegetarian, mostly organic, meals
- spend time learning in and from nature
This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and experienced yoga and meditation students.
The retreat is located at the beautiful Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island, and you can enjoy over 7 hours of practice and plenty of time for down time and time to simply be.
Please bring the book Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzburg to support your retreat experience. You are welcome to read this book beforehand or savor it for the retreat.
This retreat is also offered by donation. The registration cost only covers the expenses of the retreat, and supporting the teacher is not included in your registration co
st. Opportunity to offer the teacher compensation will be a part of this retreat experience.
Check out what students are saying:
“I’ve been a fan of Laura’s for a long time and was so excited last Fall when I signed up for her Whidbey Island retreat. My excitement soon turned to fear when I realized that the retreat would include over 24 hours of silence. I nearly cancelled my registration. I’m SO glad I didn’t! I’m a huge extrovert and really didn’t think I would enjoy the time of silence, but I could not have been more wrong. Truly! I *loved* the freedom and calming effect that not have to make small talk allowed. It was a revolutionary weekend for me. So much so that my 50th birthday celebration week included 24 hours of alone time for myself. I’m super excited to go back this year!”
“I thought your retreat struck a balance between structured and unstructured activities. The sessions were so stimulating that I appreciated the down time to take a walk, read or just be. Tonight, I found myself smiling as I lay waiting for the nidra session to begin. I feel like the light bulb inside me turned on. And when I came to the being in the rainforest it was a being of light. So, I think the serenity I have found here is something I will be able to take home-reminding myself at less peaceful times of that glorious light within.”
Friday, February 10
3:30-4:30: Arrive and check in
4:30-6:30: Opening Circle and Practice
8-8:45: Discussion of Noble Silence
Saturday, February 11
Saturday, February 13
9:30-10:30: Sitting and walking meditation
10:30-12: Free time
12-1: Yoga Nidra with lovingkindness focus
2-3: Sitting and walking meditation
3-5: Free time
8-8:45: Meditation and Chanting
Sunday, February 12
10-11:30: Practice and Closing Circle
1:30: Check out
Lodge (triple or quad): $449 + dana*
Staying off-site: $299 + dana*
*What is dana?
Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Registration fees for retreats cover food, facilities, transportation, and other expenses. None of this money goes directly to the teachers. There will be an opportunity to contribute at the end of the retreat.
According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. The Buddha created a system to develop this quality of open-handedness whereby those who share the teachings are dependent on those who receive them.
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