Time-honored techniques for achieving greater health and emotional balance when transitioning from an active Summer into a quieter Autumn
August 28-31, 2017
This retreat combines meditation, movement and informative classes to help increase awareness in body and mind and peacefully guide you into the changes of the new season. This is a great opportunity to get away from it all, relax and rejuvenate at our serene retreat center, nestled in the secluded redwoods of Northern California. Learn life-affirming skills to take home that will help keep you in balance in your daily life.
Guided Meditation Practice
Designed for students of all levels, this meditation class focuses specifically on your health and quieting your mind. The emphasis will be on technique and sitting practice to experience the benefits of meditation.
Kum Nye-Tibetan Yoga
Kum Nye is an ancient healing system that creates a balance between body and mind. Working with breath and exercises it helps to relieve stress, transforms negative patterns, and increases energy. We will learn a short sequence you can practice at home.
Mindfulness Through Movement
Experience a guided, slow, moving meditation, for relaxation and body/mind awareness. This is an opportunity to learn “what moves us” and how we have infinite choices in how we move through life. This class can free your body to move with ease and grace while bringing joy to your mind.
Moving the Six Perfections with Kum Nye and Mindful Movement
We are going to explore the six Buddhist perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perseverance, meditation, and wisdom. We will do some practical movement based exercises to embody these ideals
Healthy Eating for the Season
Explore dietary preferences for spring coming from the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist point of view. In this course we will discuss the best food choices for the season, and why those choices help our overall health.
Sacred Tibetan Art
Have you ever wondered what the symbols, colors and objects mean in Tibetan art? Ratna Ling’s very own professional thangka painter will discuss the symbolism in this profound artistic and spiritual expression.
Healing Qi Gung
Coming from the ancient Chinese practice of combining breath and regenerative movement, this class will begin with the inner practice of balancing the elements in the body and the mind. The surroundings at Ratna Ling support this slow, introspective interaction with nature, the breath and Life.
Movement for Healthy Joints
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Authentic creation and self-expression are cornerstones of Expressive Art. The benefit of this exploration will be discussed and demonstrated as an opportunity to uncover and integrate aspects of self that are sometimes unconscious or misunderstood. Participants will be given an opportunity for artistic creation using colored pencils and crayons, and then, to discuss the result of this symbolic expression.