by Ellie Peterson
How is it possible to write my own thoughts down on paper while being consciously unaware of what my hand is writing? This was my first journaling experience; it was poignant and powerful. While at a healing retreat, we were asked to go to a quiet place alone and write a letter forgiving someone who had hurt us.
Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Take a page out of Ellie's journal, you can forgive yourself too!
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Kent Bonham and Donna Sewall Davidge
The Sewall House Yoga Retreat has been offering people respite from daily life since 1997. While yoga, meditation, massage and outdoor activities on a beautiful lake nourish your soul, husband and wife team, Kent Bonham and Donna Amrita Davidge, nourish your body with healthy, tasty vegetarian meals that guests rave about...
by Silvia Mordini
And so you might ask, what’s the difference in practicing outside? I remember the first international yoga retreat I attended as a student where we were outside the entire time and the surprises I encountered...
Editor's Note: In this piece, Silvia Mordinin, RYT, first gives some well thought out practical tips about practing yoga outside. For example, think about whether you'll be in the sun and what you'd want to wear to be protected. She also describes the amazing conection and possible different emotions that you may feel when practicing outside.
by Dr. Donna Rockwell, PsyD, LP
"My husband went off to do a retreat and came home and said, “Syl, this is great. You should try it.” I did a two-week retreat and I did not have amazing meditation states. Mainly, I had a headache and my body hurt a lot. But my headache finally went away and I calmed down a little bit..."
Editor's Note from David Pratt: This is part 3 of a 4 part interview that Donna Rockwell did with multiple well-known meditation teachers. In this interview she talks with Sylvia Boorstein, who shares the ways in which meditation has helped her celebrate life and drop fear. See Part 1 and Part 2.
Interviewed by Allysyn Kiplinger
Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...
by Sr. Chau Nghiem
In retreats, we usually offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as children tend to get hungry often. It is important to serve healthy snacks, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, natural crackers or cookies. We can serve water or juice in re-usable cups to avoid creating a lot of trash. We can prepare basins of water so that each child can help wash their cup.
Editor’s Note: Great ideas here for families to help young ones appreciate food (and of course - the bigger picture of it all which is life) - where food comes from, how it grows, how it tastes, how it feels, etc. Also, some healthy snack recipes at the bottom of the article.
Editor's Note from Brian Critchley: Master Yoga Teacher Shiva Rea discusses how her yoga practice has heightened her awareness to the need to conserve our planet's energy resources. In this video she encourages us all to "unplug" and find time for a personal energy retreat to help our planet's health and to reconnect with that which is most important in life.
by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC
Calm is not something that is easily attained, a few days ago I found myself completely engaged in a book called, "Instant Calm" by Paul Wilson. Here is an excerpt from the book, let me know what you think? Funny thing is that, the chapter that really caught my attention was called, Calm...
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