There are many ways to approach the practice of meditation. Buddhist meditation aims to cultivate an interconnected awareness. One where the development of our own inner peace connects into a responsibility and altruism towards the world around us.
Here, the more we are able to cultivate space for all dimensions of our experience, the bolder we become in our compassionate response to personal and collective suffering. Perceived difficulties may just yield to greater depth of connection and the ability to maintain unconditional presence in the face of adversity.
In this five day meditation retreat we will dive deep into transformational awareness practices for developing a vast mind and courageous heart. Through periods of meditation and discussion we will explore and develop our connection to a more resilient state of being and how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering. Whether you want to deepen your presence within yourself, your relationships or the wider world, this retreat is for you.
This retreat will be held in partial silence with an emphasis on practice. Each day will be broken into periods of sitting and walking meditation with a Dharma talk/Q&A session in the evening.
Join us for a five day yoga and meditation retreat in Tayrona Parque, Colombia where we will explore how to access and develop a grounded sense of inner well- being, a more available and open space of mindful awareness, and deeper insight into how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering.
Ana Velasco will be leading daily yoga and pranayama classes focused on healing and strengthening the body and Scott Tusa will be guiding daily embodied meditation classes and dharma talks focused on healing and opening the compassionate heart. There will be delicious food by local chef Marie Noelle, and plenty of time to enjoy the beach!
This is a rare opportunity to learn and practice in one of Colombia's natural treasures, surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains.
The retreat will be held at Yoga Tayrona, located in the semi-private Bay of Gairaca, not far from the city of Santa Marta, Colombia. The natural surroundings and beach access are perfectly suited for yoga and meditation, allowing deeper rest, healing, and inner transformation.
Through a combination of experiential learning and meditation, this weekend workshop will explore the intersections of core Buddhist principles and our everyday lives, where integrative meditation practices meet the world around us. We will focus on:
- Learning to connect with the root of meditative awareness
- Working with “overactive judgment” and distinguishing between reacting and responding
- Connecting meditative awareness into our relationships and the world around us
- Accessing a unified ground of presence in the body that can heal relational wounds and deepen our interpersonal relationships
- Learning how to connect the benefits of meditative awareness into compassionate action