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Connecting To Source: Yoga, Meditation, and Ritual

With Mara Branscombe

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
Since ancient times, the human collective has aligned with the seasons, the elements, the rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the earth as a way to source pure energy and connect to one’s inner compass. The mind-body science of yoga, combined with the practice of meditation, breath-work, and the alchemy of earth based rituals creates a channel that leads to present moment awareness, mind-body-spirit integration, and a wild transformation within. As the summer cycle comes to its completion, we can honour the earth’s dynamic time of expansion, growth, abundance and harvest. As we attune to the earth’s rhythm, may…

Alchemy of Forest Bathing

With Amos Clifford

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
When the discursive mind becomes quieter and the intelligence of the heart comes to the foreground, a new consciousness emerges. Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, and author of Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature.

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD and Joel Grow, PhD

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
Cultivate the skill of self-compassion in this empirically supported training program. Self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits, and satisfying relationships. Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones are Certified MSC Teachers. Megan is the Compassion Programs Director at UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Martin is a philosophy professor at Oberlin College, Ohio.

The Gift of Gratitude: Fall Yoga Retreat

With Fiji McAlpine

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
Gratitude enhances and enlivens every aspect of our life, and can be intentionally brought into our daily routines. Celebrate this season of gratitude with dynamic flow and nourishing yin yoga practices. Learn to mindfully connect to the present, allowing yourself the opportunity to ground and appreciate all that is.

Mindfulness Meditation: A Way of Love and Compassion

With Robert Beatty

September 17 - 22, 2021
Cortes Island
Wake up from the trance of everyday life. You are not your moods, anxiety, compulsions, past wounds, or addictions. Awaken to the freedom, love, compassion, and joy that is your natural state. This program is held in silence (except sessions) — common areas on campus are shared spaces.

Kissing the Ground: Grounding, Gratitude, & Grace

With Farah Nazarali

October 17 - 24, 2021
Cortes Island
What are the forces that take us across the river of hardship and suffering? How can we ground ourselves in the present moment amidst chaos, crisis, and uncertainty?

Metta Vipassana: Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

October 24 - 31, 2021
Cortes Island
Experience 7 days practicing Metta and Vipassana meditation and cultivating mindfulness.