Enlightened Experience offers a plethora of classes, activities, and creative opportunities, but nothing is compulsory. Participants are encouraged to join at their own comfort level and take time to relax, socialize, and explore the local area at their leisure.
Master Classes with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee
A mind afflicted by reactive, habitual emotions is a main cause of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction. This series of teachings by Lama Marut and Cindy Lee offer master classes in exploring these processes. From identifying afflictions and applying their antidotes to delving into deep compassion and wisdom methods, the Spectrum of Awakening will end with a journey into the mandala of energetic, embodied expression of our innate wisdom. Transformational, practical and creative, participants will leave the retreat with analytical and meditational tools to continue their journey toward liberation from suffering.
Douglas will guide us in integrating the Daoist conceptual, visual framework with the Tibetan Five Buddha Families, as taught by the late Trungpa Rinpoche. This hands-on class will use objects and bodies to employ these methods as the grounds from which to explore the phenomenal world. Without conventional judgements or reactions, we experience meditative play. Bring lots of found objects and your body.
Open Ocean (Ocean-based Meditation, Beach Yoga and Soul Surfing)
This class led by Kris will open you up to the insights that the ocean is trying to share with you! The session starts with a beach yoga class which opens up your body, focuses your balance and aligns your body into postures that help during surfing. This segues into an ocean based meditation based on the concept of Flow which helps visualize the process of surfing which connecting to the energy of the ocean. Finally there is a surf lesson to give you the tools to surf waves of enlightenment.
Gardening has the potential to be both an enlightening and enlightened practice, a way of connecting our inner body and intentions with the outer world. It can take many forms and play many roles in a person’s life. With Ed we will explore forms and views of gardening and inspire different pathways to benefiting self, others and our environment through this practice.
Herbal Meditation Allies
Learn how herbal allies can help you go deeper with meditation! Mojohito will discuss the use of herbs and essential oils for cognitive enhancement, calming the body and mind, and heightening spiritual sensitivity. We’ll sample herbal teas, aromatherapy, and natural incense revered by yogis and spiritual cultivators over the ages.
What’s Eating You? Steps to an Awakened Diet
Chef Chaz discusses what an Awakened Diet might look like for mindfulness practitioners and how fundamental our diet is to our experience. Explore this topic garnished with traditional insights, a variety of lovingly-prepared fresh snacks, and sweet music.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a deeply restorative guided meditation, traveling through the body then beyond, per guidance of the teacher. Denise prefers iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation, a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry. Research has shown that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency while increasing health, resiliency, and well-being.
Join Danielle for a journey in, as we journey out to the beach! This beach yoga class is for everyone. Come for some fun and flexibility in the sun. If you plan on surfing, we will also be doing some specific asanas and movements to strengthen and lengthen the appropriate body parts to prepare you for the ultimate surf experience!
Concentrating on classes and meditation, sometimes we get stuck in that spot right between our eyes in our forehead. In this class with Jed, we’ll take some time to let that all go and get back on our feet. Come down from the clouds for a while to feel the earth. We’ll be exploring the sounds and styles of house dance to get ourselves rooted in our bodies, a whole different type of meditation!
* Meditation and Breakout Discussion Groups will be facilitated by senior sangha members offering an opportunity to explore and integrate the material.
** “Enlightened Activities” led by sangha members which may include Beach Yoga and Soul Surfing, Awakened Diet, Divine Creativity, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi, Dharma Dancing, Herbal Meditation Allies, Authentic Dancing and Enlightened Gardening.