Accepting Ourselves/Accepting Others:  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


Our society is witnessing an entrenchment of an us-vs.-them mentality.  During this political season, the lines between Democrat and Republican seem to deepen.  With continued revelations of violence against Blacks, the racial tension in America increases.  With greater income disparity, the distance between the haves and the have-nots seems to grow.  Political leaders and the media skew our view of Muslims, so we believe them all to be terrorists, with Trump issuing promises to ban them all from the US.  The recent massacre in Orlando and the bathroom bill in North Carolina have highlighted the continued deep hate many Americans hold for sexual minorities.   It doesn’t take much of your own reflection to see other areas where us-vs.-them is growing stronger, and the opposing sides becoming more strident.  

A central tenet of mindfulness yoga is Acceptance.  In this daylong retreat, you will practice formal yoga and meditation exercises to develop acceptance 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 fear.  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, helping us quiet an internal dialogue that might emphasize the fear of others who are different from us.  

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.

Come help build bridges, instead of walls

in your own heart and mind.     


This retreat is now full.  

If you’d like to be on the wait list, Please email Domonick.

Thank you for your interest in this offering.


Sunday, July 24th:  9:30 am – 4:00 pm.