Category: Winter Retreat


Winter Retreat Day 3: Compassion for Beginners

Real compassion begins when we are able to deeply empathize with the suffering of others. Compassionate action arises when we forsake our own comfort and happiness in exchange for that of others. For most people, this takes practice, and a…

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Winter Retreat Day 2: Compassion is Contagious

Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt inexplicably happy? And then walked into a different room and felt agitated, or angry, or even depressed? I used to think it was all me, and then I learned about…

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Winter Retreat Day 1: Namaste

Namaste, loosely translated, means: “The divine in me sees the divine in you” Our practice for today comes from this ancient greeting

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Last Chance to Register for Winter Retreat 2017: Cultivating Compassion

Our nine-day contemplation/prayer/meditation fest starts TOMORROW…are you registered? Click here to register for a minimum donation of just $1 and get: PDF all about DIY retreat Backstage pass to audio and video teachings and meditation instruction A fresh take on…

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10 ways to teach Compassion to Kids

Way #1: Recognize (and appreciate!) that our kids are actually here to teach compassion to US boring, jaded, and temperamental adults. (I’m talking about myself here…mostly…)

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Creating a sacred space

One of the first challenges to a DIY at-home spiritual retreat is that it’s AT HOME. How can I meditate when the dogs are climbing over me, the baby is crying, the sink is full of dishes and the phone…

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Announcing Winter Retreat 2017!

Dear Friends, I am so excited to announce the theme for our 4th annual Winter Retreat: Cultivating Compassion. In a world that seems so divided, with stressful news being reported everyday, and escalating rates of violence, particularly hate crimes –…

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The Bhakti Path

Bhakti is the Sanskrit word for love. But this word, Bhakti, encompasses so much more. Bhakti is one of the key elements on the path of Yoga, Yoga being not just a series of physical movements or postures, but a…

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The Rose in the Fire

“And all shall be well and All manner of things shall be well¬† When the tongues of flame are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one.”¬† –T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets Throughout Four…

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Winter Retreat Day 8: The Four Loves

Love has many types, and in the classical sense, four distinct definitions. In Greek we know them as storge, philia, eros and agape. Individually, we find a light and a dark side to each kind of love, we find the…

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