Day of Kindness:  Yoga & Meditation Retreat

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”   The Dalai Lama

 

We all strive to be good people, to do good things and to make good choices.  However, despite our best intentions, we often catch ourselves acting or speaking in ways that don’t align with our core values.  For example, most of us want to be kind and contribute to the well-being of others.  Nevertheless, our habits may lead us to think, say or do things that are unkind.  

In this daylong practice, you will practice formal yoga and meditation exercises to develop kindness and compassion towards yourself and others.  We will include both indoor and practice outdoors that incorporate the wisdom of Nature, including a hike in the Chabot Regional Park.

A recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that a 90-minute walk in Nature decreased participants anxious worry and brooding.  Further, brain scans of the hikers showed decreased activation in a frontal area of the brain associated with depression and anxiety, compared to the control group, who walked for 90-minutes in an urban environment.  So, Mother Nature will help soothe our anxious brains, since anxiety can interfere with our ability to act in kindness.

This is a day to unplug from your digital devices and have time to rejuvenate and restore yourself.  Come take a-step towards leading a value-based life and grow kindness towards yourself and others.

Vegetarian lunch is included in the retreat.   

This is a donation-based (Dana) retreat.  For reference, similar retreats in the area range from $75-$200.  You may pay what you choose feels right for you and your circumstances.  

Please register by email

 

Sunday, June 5th:  9:30 am – 3:30 pm.