Refuge & Renewal: A Women's Meditation, Hiking & Yoga Retreat

  • Deepening our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other & the Natural World

    Refuge & Renewal: A Women's Meditation, Hiking & Yoga Retreat

Begins: 
Sep 11th, 2019

Join us for our annual Women's Wilderness Hiking & Meditation Retreat! Dive into 5 days and 4 nights of Insight meditation, hiking and mindful movement in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park - one of the most glorious parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Wednesday to Sunday
September 11 to September 15, 2019
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park

Immerse yourself in the beauty of contemplative practice amidst the magnificence and wonder of the natural world. Days of meditation and inquiry, yoga and hiking lead us into the profound and transformative practice of deep self-care - a time of true refuge and renewal.

We'll stay at Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, California, just outside of Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. The Center offers indoor shared lodging, nutritious vegetarian meals, a large practice yurt for meditation and movement, a swimming pool, and peaceful secluded walking trails.

Seven Circles is located about 55 miles east of Fresno, 250 miles southeast of San Francisco, and 200 miles north of Los Angeles. 

Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha and practices of secular mindfulness, our days will include early morning movement and meditation, hikes in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, interactive discussions, and a daily talk. At the end of our day of hiking, we’ll return to Seven Circles for a beautiful dinner followed by the nurturing support of restorative yoga and evening meditation. Throughout our retreat we’ll be supported by regular periods of meditation and silence, as we deepen our connections with ourselves, each other and the natural world. 

Everyone is Welcome - both beginning and seasoned practitioners!

DATES:
Wednesday to Sunday
Sept 11 - 15, 2019
Arrive 3:00 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday
Retreat Ends by 11:00 am on Sunday

Retreat Fees:
$950, All-Inclusive
$850, Early Bird Discount, save $100 when paid in full by June 11, 2019
$250, Optional Deposit to hold your spot with
Balance due July 31, 2019

Fees do not include transportation to and from the retreat center.
CANCELATION FEES:
Cancelations prior to July 11, 2019, $100
July 12 to August 11, $200
August 11 to September 1, $400
No refunds after September 2, 2019

In support of our contemplative practice, this retreat will be free from alcohol and drugs.

The Teaching Team:

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher and dedicated practitioner in the Insight tradition. She has been guiding groups and individuals since 2005 in private and professional settings, and from spring to fall offers meditation retreats in the wilderness. Heidi holds certification in mindfulness facilitation through UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Jen Wallace is a mindfulness meditation teacher who has specialized in trauma recovery and resiliency in her work with law enforcement, victim advocacy and support agencies, and the recovery community in Seattle. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Jen is a certified trainer for the Trauma Resource Institute’s Community Resiliency Model and has also attended their Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1 and Level 2 courses.

Laurie Cousins is a mindfulness meditation teacher with special expertise in mindful self-compassion, addiction and recovery from trauma for children, teens and families. She holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA and UCSD. Laurie is a lead teacher for Susan Kaiser Greenland's Inner Kids Program and is the Family Programming Advisor at the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles.

Samantha Akers has been practicing and teaching yoga, since 1999. She has an extensive background in structural anatomy and is a certified Massage Therapist, as well as a certified Hatha, Kundalini, and Kids yoga teacher, holding certifications as an E-RYT 500 and C-IAYT. She has a passion for sharing yoga, especially Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and bodywork with students and combines a caring, loving and joyful practice with emphasis upon the mind/body connection and the Science of Yoga.  She specializes in Restorative and Yin as Therapeutic Applications and teaches all yoga as a "trauma informed" practice.  Samantha believes that ALL BODIES should have safe access to the practice.

  


Some Photos Courtesy of Unsplash.com and Seven Circles Retreat Center

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