Embodying Kindfulness Retreat. 9-12 September 2021

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Embodying Kindfulness Retreat

9-12 September 2021

Online and on-site at Gomde Pyrenees

We have all heard about mindfulness and the many practices to help us be more mindful in our lives.

Why kindfulness we may wonder?

The well-known meditation teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, who coined this term encourages us not to be only mindful but to be kindful.

In joining this retreat we will be invited to go beyond our ideas about kindness, and come to know the kindness that our cells are made of. The kindness that we already are. Moving away from the tendency to push ourselves too hard towards a goal or a striving pattern that is rooted in lack/ in a sense of neediness, we can rest into a culture of gentleness towards ourselves and others.

Our meditation flourishes when we befriend our mind, including turbulent and uncomfortable mental states. Befriending means welcoming everything that arises in the mind and body with kindness and appreciation.

Kindfulness lays bare the fluidity and insubstantiality of our own mental states. In extending kindness even toward our self-destructive tendencies, we discover an inherent openness within, soft at its core and radiant toward everything.

Why embodied?

Embodiment practices can help us connect to a felt sense of kindness, and let that be an opening towards bringing kindness into action.

Coming into our bodies through movement, we can touch into the natural gentleness of our body.  Connecting with aliveness and releasing stories about who we think we are and letting ourselves be surprised by our own fresh and soft presence.  Perhaps discovering for ourselves the inherent kindness of our being, that moves us though the world with wisdom and compassion.

This retreat will alternate between guided meditations and embodied movement.

The guided meditations will be taught by Heidi Koppl and the embodied movement by Frances Hearnden.

Heidi Koppl is a translator of Tibetan language and editor in chief of Tara’s Triple Excellence meditation Program. She has studied with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche since a young age. Right now she resides at Gomde Pyrenees, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s international retreat center, working on online meditation programs, doing retreats and teaching from time to time.

Frances Hearnden is a teacher of yoga, embodied movement and meditation. She has been practicing and studying for over 25 years and qualified to teach with the Sivananda school of yoga.  She currently lives at Gomde Pyrenees, taking care of the gardens and teaching yoga and meditation online.  For more information you are welcome to visit www.franceshearndenyoga.co.uk.

Retreat fee
Please choose the fee scale according to your possibility below, this offering is to cover basic costs at Gomde Pyrenees, but does not include any donations to Frances or Heidi. Details on how to donate directly for their teachings will be forwarded by e-mail after your registration. Please ensure to include your email contact when registering below. If you have any queries please feel welcome to write to us at hello@gomde.fr

To sign up, please go to https://www.billetweb.fr/embodying-kindfulness-retreat

Arrival Thursday

16.00 -16.30 Introduction

16.30-17.30 Embodied movement

18.00 Dinner

19.00-20.00 Kindfulness meditation

Friday

7.00-8.00 Tibetan Buddhist chanting and mantras (optional)

8.00 Breakfast

9.30- 10.30 Kindfulness meditation

11.30- 12.30 Embodied movement

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Individual Reflections/kindfulness walking

16.00-17. 00 Embodied movement

17.15- 18.00 Tibetan chanting and mantras (optional)

18.00 Dinner

19.00-20.00 Kindfulness meditation

Saturday

7.00-8.00 Tibetan Buddhist chanting and mantras (optional)

8.00 Breakfast

9.30- 10.30 Kindfulness meditation

11.30- 12.30 Embodied movement

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Individual Reflections/kindfulness walking

16.00-17. 00 Embodied movement

17.15- 18.00 Tibetan chanting and mantras (optional)

18.00 Dinner

19.00-20.00 Kindfulness meditation

Sunday

7.00-8.00 Tibetan Buddhist chanting and mantras (optional)

8.00 Breakfast

9.30- 10.30 Kindfulness meditation

11.30- 12.30 Embodied movement

12.30 Lunch

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