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The Gift of Kalyāna-Mitta (Spiritual Friendship) Late Winter Retreat to Harmony Hill with Erin Joosse
Feb 29, 2024 - Mar 3, 2024

You are not alone...

Kalyāna-mitta is a Pali term and Buddhist concept of which means spiritual friendship, or admirable friendship. Within the Pali Canon (the first recorded teachings of the Buddha), one of the followers/disciples of the Buddha comments that spiritual friendship is half of the spiritual life. The Buddha corrects him, declaring “No! Kalyāna-mitta is the whole of the spiritual life.”

It is through friendships with those that are also on a path of the development of wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness, that those qualities deepen and develop in ourselves.

We are not on that path alone.

During this retreat weekend, explore both settling into yourself and into community with care and support. In our yoga and mindfulness practices, explore grounding and steadiness that you can take with you into your connection to others. Explore optional practices in pairs and small groups to deepen our ability to stay connected to ourselves while in communication with others.

Please note: This is our last retreat with Harmony Hill under current management. Our future retreats here are uncertain. Let’s gather in community and honor this life-giving center, the land, and all of the heartfelt goodness that has been created in these spaces. To ensure spacing for all that want to join, single rooms will be limited. Find a retreat friend that you would like to share a room with!

Your Weekend: Through a balance of scheduled and unscheduled time, guided yoga and meditation practices, time to rest, and be in nature, we will practice connecting with both self and others. We will begin our weekend Thursday at 4pm, and complete Sunday by early to mid-afternoon.

Mindful Yoga Practice: You will enjoy both active and restoring yoga classes in support of cultivating grounding and embodying wisdom. All classes will be at a basic and accessible level.

Mindfulness Meditation: You will be guided through a variety of mindfulness practices, including sitting, moving, and walking meditation. An optional morning and evening meditation will be offered, as well as meditation in our yoga classes.

Silence: We will begin each morning with silence until lunchtime but have time in the afternoons and evenings to explore deepening our awareness of ourselves within community.

Unplug: I will ask that you leave laptops and tablets at home and turn off your phone for the weekend. The opportunity to unplug for a full weekend is a rare treat, creating a fuller experience of spaciousness and inner quiet.

Harmony Hill: Harmony Hill is located on the Olympic Peninsula’s Hood Canal in Union, WA., less than 90 minutes from Tacoma. You will enjoy delicious vegetarian food, beautiful grounds and gardens, and lovely accommodations. Harmony Hill is the Pacific Northwest’s only retreat center offering complimentary life-giving retreats for people with cancer and their caregivers. Through your participation in this retreat the revenue generated will help to support these cancer programs.

Retreat Cost:

Single occupancy ~ $1125 ($250 reserves your spot)*

*Only 10 Single occupancy rooms available for this retreat

Double occupancy ~ $960 ($250 reserves your spot)** **Please email to communicate your roommate preference.

Final Payment Due: February 8th, 2024

Cancellation Policy: Refunds to studio account credit only after February 8th. No refunds after February 15th

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Feb 29, 2024 - Mar 3, 2024
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
12:00pm - 12:00am PDT
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