In this extraordinary time, we gather in a new venue: AT HOME.
As always, retreat offers a concentrated focus on spiritual practice, the mystical process of inner revolution, and the chance to turn our faces to the light. This time, we're given the remarkable opportunity to transform within our own domestic environment.
“Retreating” IN PLACE, in our own homes, without the support of a beautiful retreat center or a monastic environment extends a profound invitation and a powerful challenge—one that few ever accept.
We will come together as sangha, in the presence of timeless dharma wisdom, to drop into meditation and deep listening, share what is on our minds and hearts, and absorb the healing energy for our contemplative practices.
We'll have guided practice periods of yoga, meditation, inquiry, and creative work, all interspersed with breaks, for which you will also receive mindfulness guidance and specific prompts. While you may not have the beautiful vistas of a retreat center as a backdrop for your practice, you will get to transform the “vista” on your whole life.
This weekend will support you in thinking deeply about the struggles of your new reality and finding peace with the NOW.
For example, we will look at issues like:
Kelly's background in Zen and non-dual Shaiva Tantra informs how she supports people in attending to challenges while still abiding in the joy of present moment awareness.
In terms of the current “crisis,” we will come into relationship with our new reality as an opportunity to turn toward awakening. Exploring how we can be with our experience has a way of instilling a sense of curiosity and calm.
This non-dual approach includes the vexations of life in our practices, along with life's pleasures. Thus, we build our capacity for intimacy with the wholeness of experience. The question, "what is really true?" will carry us back to the freedom of the deepest Self over and over again.
Unlike other approaches, this allows us to see clearly and cherish all that comes.
Anyone who wants a reliable way back to grace on the days when one's capacity to handle the chaos of the world feels very limited.
EVERYONE who is ready to shift the way they deal with anxiety/fear.
Anyone who enjoys the light, playful, fun side of spiritual work.
Seekers and Yogis who want to integrate dharma teachings into daily experience.
Healers, Therapists, and Caregivers who want to find a way to support themselves as they support others.
Anyone interested in opening up their eyes to the preciousness of human life.
Seven live, online classes with Kelly in meditation, dharma, asana, inquiry processes, and applying the wisdom teachings to your life.
Immediate, short-term access to the class recordings, so you can particpate from any time zone.
Access to all the virtual retreat recordings for three months after the event, so you can retreat again or return to particular teachings and practices at a later date. These recordings will be delivered to you post-retreat, in an easy-to-use online platform.
Kelly Blaser is the founder of DharmaBridge, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher and a Marriage Family Therapist. She has worked with couples, families, and individuals for more than 2 decades in navigating the complexities of relationship, including relationship with Self.
Kelly's work is to help others experience the infinite compassion beneath the chaos of life and to remind them of their true natures. Her programs and retreats focus largely on the power of applying the dharma to one's relationship with oneself and others. She helps individuals and groups to train themselves in meditation and compassionate self-inquiry, so they can gain freedom from conditioned mind and open up to possibility.
Weekend Schedule in Brief (all times PDT):
~ Friday ~
5:30-7:30pm: Opening Circle and Meditation
~ Saturday ~
7am-9am: Meditation and Asana Practice
11am-1pm: Meditation and Creative Practice
3pm-5pm: Meditation and Mixed Levels Yoga
7pm-8pm: Evening Meditation and Restorative Yoga
~ Sunday ~
7am-9am: Morning Meditation and Asana Practice
11am-1pm: Closing Circle