Entering the Silence with Psychological Inquiry
Led by Sarah and Ty Powers
Bringing clear, kind attention to our inner and inter-personal life.
Prerequisite: You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice and a strong interest in psychological work as well as Buddhist Mindfulness meditation before attending this retreat.
In this retreat we will practice Yin/Yang yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. The talks and meditations will focus on the Buddhist teachings of Mindfulness as well as inviting experiential insights with inquiry both in solitude and at times, with a partner. The Sanskrit word for Mindfulness is Smritti, translated as non-forgetting. Mindfulness practice develops a quality of presence in which we remember to pay attention to the immediacy of experience while letting go of all motivations to manipulate the moment, developing the clear capacity to observe inner and outer experience without willful interference. While Mindfulness is a receptive attitude, generative heart based meditations develop a more generous spirit of love and compassion through envisioning what might be possible for us, were we to live from our deepest nature. A facility for balanced curious attention, as well as warm-hearted connectedness is essential for the cultivation of discriminating wisdom, and living a happy life where we can be of benefit to others.
For the body we will engage in both self-led and teacher led yoga sessions each day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an energetic ease of being.
For the heart and mind we will practice several meditation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving-kindness. Working specifically with our inner protective and vulnerable parts through guided meditations will also help us include and integrate more aspects of our system while developing a capacity for self therapy that we can sustain in our everyday lives.
To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat outside the practice hall. As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities, preoccupations and worldly events. With this in mind, we ask everyone to stay off of computers and phones while on retreat in order to genuinely connect with oneself in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact provided for students to give loved ones.
A sample schedule of a retreat day is offered below. Group and/or individual meetings will be scheduled by, and with Sarah or Ty throughout the day.
6:30-7:30 self-led yang yoga
7:30-8:00 silent meditation with Ty
9:00-9:30 meditation instruction and practice with Ty
9:30-10:00 self-led Yin practice
10:00-10:45 talk and guided meditation/diads with Sarah
10:45-11:15 walking meditation
11:15-12:00 Yoga with Sarah
12:00-12:30 meditation practice with Sarah
2:00-2:30 silent meditation
2:30-3:00 walking meditation
3:00-3:45 pranic practices and yin yoga with Sarah
3:45-4:15 meditation instruction and practice with Sarah
4:15-5:00 self-led practice of yoga and/or meditation
5:00-5:30 walking meditation
7:00-7:30 silent meditation
7:30-8:00 walking meditation
8:00-9:00 guided meditation/diads/questions with Ty
10:00 lights out
Location: Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY
Dates: September 19-24, 2017
Check-in: September 19 between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: September 24 at 9am
We will have an evening session to begin the retreat after dinner on September 19. Silence will begin after dinner and be held until the afternoon of September 23. Short individual or group meetings will be scheduled by Sarah and Ty.
Note: If you have not been on a silent retreat before – either with Sarah or another teacher – the registration process for this retreat will require you to submit a brief paragraph on your motivation for wanting to practice in this way.
Single Room – US$ 1841 (Sold Out)
Double Room – US$ 1548
Women’s Quad Room – US$ 1353
Women’s Dormitory – US$ 1098
Questions about this Retreat?
Please contact Greg@SarahPowers.com.
A message from Ty Powers:
I would like to provide some perspective about our policies. While you may feel that these terms are unnecessarily strict, they have evolved over our years of offering teachings around the world.
When we plan retreats/trainings, we must sign contracts with retreat centers and pay for a required number of attendees well in advance of your registration/payment in order to secure the kinds of venues you, our students, appreciate.
When we are asked to transfer or refund within a 12-week period in advance of a retreat or training, these requests are very difficult to consider. With transfer and refund requests, as mentioned above, the funds have already been committed to the specific venue.
Many of you have told us that you see that we have a waitlist in place and it should be no issue to fill your spot. In our experience, we have found that it is very rare that another student can respond within the 12-week window, even if they had asked to be on a waitlist. For those of you who have attended a retreat/training, organizing this amount of time away from your work and home life, as you know, is not easily accomplished and takes time and preparation.
Because of these circumstances, we ask that you read our provisions carefully, and confirm your acceptance before proceeding to registration. Please note that it is important that you review and understand the terms for each workshop/retreat/training that you register for as these vary based on the various venues where we teach.
If you are concerned about having to cancel your attendance, then please consider protecting your investment by purchasing trip cancellation insurance coverage.
We want you to know that we are sympathetic to your life circumstances, but we cannot make exceptions to these policies. Please know we are extremely grateful for your ongoing interest and support.
- Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.
- All cancellations must be made in writing to The Insight Yoga Institute.
- In the event that you need to cancel, you must let us know 12 weeks in advance of the start of the retreat, by June 27.
- If you cancel up to 12 weeks before the retreat or teacher training, a 25% cancellation fee per person will be charged based on amount paid.
- No refunds for cancellations within 12 weeks of this retreat, the period June 27 – September 19.
- The Institute’s cancellation policy is firm.
- No transfers between retreats, trainings, and/or workshops.
- No transfers of registrations between attendees.
- No refunds will be made for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.
- All refunds will be processed within 2 weeks following a program.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute cannot be responsible or liable for any injury, loss or damage of property, or disruption of any program due to circumstances beyond the control of Sarah Powers and The Insight Yoga Institute.
RELEASE: I am aware that I may be included in photographs taken at any Sarah Powers or Insight Yoga Institute event that may be used on www.SarahPowers.com and associated social media websites.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS: