November 30-December 3, 2017 San Rafael, CA Santa Sabina Winter Embodied Life Retreat

Gratitude and Forgiveness

In all Embodied Life retreats we work with three main forms: sitting and walking meditation, Feldenkrais® movement lessons and Guided Inquries. The meditation is based on the Zen practice of "just sitting", the movement lessons are gentle, brilliant explorations of "Awareness Through Movement"®, based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and Guided Inquiry which includes a variety of awareness practices based in the focusing work of Eugene Gendlin.



"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you', that would suffice"

~Meister Eckhart

"Cultivating the Field of Gratitude" is an essential practice in the Embodied Life teachings. Through learning to guide our attention, we begin to notice that each day offers many touching moments that can experienced and re-experienced, creating a neurologically based ground of gratitude. We can say that through the power of attention we are led to moments of being touched by life, which then invites authentic gratitude.


We will discover how gratitude is perhaps the simplest, most reliable way to invite positivity into our hearts. The life and health giving effects of gratitude are inestimable.


"Forgiveness is choosing love. It is the first skill of self-giving love" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness of self and others is often the key ingredient for letting go of "unfinished business" that we are carrying from the past. After being in Rwanda, I learned a great deal about the complexity of authentic forgiveness. Sometimes forgiveness requires steps and stages, other times a total letting go is possible. Deep, warm-hearted listening is essential to make these distinctions. We will experience practices that invite this capacity so that we can go forward with an unburdened heart.


Please join me for a restorative week-end so that we can freshly enter the season and new year....Russell

We gather together Thursday evening for dinner followed by and opening circle with Russell and evening meditation. Silence is observed in the morning through breakfast the following day. Each day begins with meditation followed by breakfast and a break. There are morning and afternoon sessions, which consist of movement lessons, talks and other explorations to support your practice. Ample breaks are provided for rest, reading, walks and contemplation. An evening meditation completes each day. The retreat concludes with lunch on Sunday.

Location: Santa Sabina Center 25 Magnolia Ave, San Rafael CA 94901

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Tuition: Sliding scale between $225-$395

Lodging: Single $456, Double $390, Commuter Fee $294

A deposit in the amount of lodging will hold your space. Tuition must be paid in full one month prior to the retreat.

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For questions contact or call 707.827.3536


Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 12:00pm