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Equanimity for Challenging Times: New Year’s Dharma & Yoga Retreat

Through guided meditations, talks about the Buddha’s teachings, and Q&A periods, this workshop will explore the practice of upekkha, usually translated from the Pali as equanimity. Equanimity can be described as balance: a spacious stillness that allows us to accept things as they are. The power of this balance is that it allows us to avoid both apathy and indifference on the one hand, and acute reactivity on the other. This can be most helpful when we are facing challenging times in our lives, especially the challenges that we are deeply invested in. Often though, such moments in life also tend to be the ones where equanimity is most out of reach. Sharon and Bob will offer practical and empowering tools to cultivate equanimity when it is most needed. Learn how to cultivate clarity and compassion through different mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation techniques. When true equanimity is present, it is the ground out of which resilience is strengthened so that sustained transformation can occur.In addition to teachings and meditation led by Sharon and Bob, Carolyn and Brooke will offer expert Iyengar yoga instruction each morning (you need not practice Iyengar yoga specifically to participate in the yoga classes). Take advantage of our wonderful healing spa therapies in the afternoon recess, or attend one of our free optional afternoon classes and activities including more Iyengar yoga classes with Carolyn and Brooke, chanting (kirtan) with Lily Cushman, and qi gong instruction with Paul Bloom. Finally, two illuminating astrology classes—with master astrologer and astronomer Alexander Mallon—will help shed light on cosmic patterns we can expect in the near future, our “astrological forecast,” as we come together to let go of recent patterns and set meaningful intentions for the coming year.Open to all levels of experience.We encourage you to register early as space is limited!Read a very nice review of this retreat here. About Lily: Lily is the co-founder and director of the Brooklyn Yoga School, a donation-based yoga center voted "Best of New York" by New York Magazine in 2011. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to meditation teacher and NY Times bestselling author, Sharon Salzberg and has worked for world-renowned chanter, Krishna Das, for many years. A longtime musician herself, Lily found a natural home in the practices of Bhakti Yoga: chanting mantras in the traditional call and response style of Northern India. It has since become a foundational part of her practice, and for nearly a decade she has regularly led chanting events in the greater New York area. Learn more: https://www.lilycushman.com/About Kirtan: Singing has always been a natural conduit for storytelling and prayer. Every culture carries its unique flavor and tradition. Kirtan hails from the temples and hearts of India, where it has been practiced for thousands of years. This style of singing is rooted in call and response chanting of Sanskrit mantras and devotional songs. At its core, it is considered a spiritual practice and pathway of self discovery, and a form of yoga and meditation. Each repetition of the mantra is a way to gather our awareness and concentration and to be fully present in the moment. The mantras themselves are like gateways to different aspects of ourselves.
 ScheduleThursday, Dec 27th
  • 3 – 8 p.m. Check-in
  • 6 – 7 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Welcome and Evening Program with Sharon & Bob (Conf. Center)
Friday, Dec 28th
  • 6:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Tea Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Meditation with Sharon (Conf. Center)
  • 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free Time for Relaxation, Spa Treatments, etc
  • 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Optional Classes:1) Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)2) Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Sanctuary)3) Hanuman Chalisas with Lily Cushman
  • 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. Afternoon Program with Sharon & Bob (Conf. Center)
  • 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8 p.m. 2017 Astrological Overview and Forecast w/ Alexander Mallon – World Events (Conf.Center)
Saturday, Dec 29th
  • 6:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Tea Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Meditation class with Sharon (Conf. Center)
  • 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free Time for Spa Treatments, Optional Classes, Relaxation, etc
  • 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Optional Classes:1) Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)2) Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Sanctuary)3) Hanuman Chalisas with Lily Cushman
  • 4:45 – 6 :30 p.m. Afternoon Program with Sharon & Bob (Lhasa Inn Dining Room)
  • 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8 p.m. Evening Program with Sharon & Bob (Lhasa Inn Dining Room)
Sunday, Dec 30th
  • 6:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Tea Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Meditation with Sharon (Conf. Center)
  • 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free Time for Spa Treatments, Optional Classes, Relaxation, etc
  • 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Optional Classes:1) Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)2) Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Sanctuary)3) Hanuman Chalisas with Lily Cushman
  • 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. Afternoon Program with Sharon & Bob (Conf. Center)
  • 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8 p.m. Evening Program with Sharon & Bob (Conf. Center)
Monday, Dec 31st
  • 6:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Tea Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Meditation with Sharon (Conf. Center)
  • 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free Time for Spa Treatments, Optional Classes, Relaxation, etc
  • 2 – 4 p.m. Optional Class: Cosmic Mirror Intensive with Alexander (Conf. CenterLounge – limited to 7 people, sign up at the front desk)
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m. Optional Classes:1) Yoga Asanas with Carolyn or Brooke (Conf. Center/Yoga Studio)or 2) Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Sanctuary)
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m. Afternoon Meditation and Closing Thoughts with Sharon and Bob (Conf. Center) BOTH HERE
  • 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner
  • 8 p.m. Group Sound Healing with Sage Academy of Sound Energy (Conf. Center)
  • 11:00pm – 12 a.m. Ring in the New Year and Set Intentions, Hors D’oeuvres and Non-alcoholic Toast (Lhasa Inn)
Tuesday, Jan 1st
  • 6:30 a.m. Morning Coffee and Tea Available (Lhasa Inn)
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. New Year’s Day Brunch
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 2017 Astrological Forecasts w/ Alex – Individual Charts (Conf. Center)
  • 11 a.m – 1 p.m. Check-out
* Please note that Schedule is subject to change at any time.
 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began...

Robert AF Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it's Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is...

Carolyn Christie

Carolyn Christie began her study of both Buddhism and yoga in 1987 while working for the Peace Corp in Thailand. In 1998 she was initiated into the Kalachakra Tantra by H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama in India and began studying with Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin in New York. She prese...

Brooke Myers

Brooke Myers began the study of yoga in her 20s as a member of an experimental theatre company. She studied Iyengar Yoga with the late Mary Dunn and with the Iyengar family. She is a founding member of The Iyengar Institute of NY, and has a wide knowledge of yoga for special nee...

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