Cultivating an Open Heart with the Brahma Viharas
A Spring Contemplative Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat
with Erin Joosse
Harmony Hill Retreat Center – Union, Washington
March 24th-27th, 2023
Masks in our shared spaces are optional. Spaces are well ventilated. As per Harmony Hill policy, masks are required while moving around the dining hall except when seated.
All safety protocols are subject to change, depending on state, county, and federal recommendations.
How can we open our heart with intentionality and awareness? How can we settle into the awareness that is our true home - a spacious, light, gentle noticing of our heart and mind?
Contemplative retreat practice offers us the opportunity to pause the doings of daily life, and the chance to tune more fully into our bodies, minds, and hearts.
In this retreat, we will explore the Brahma Viharas, 4 qualities or practices from the Buddhist Tradition that help cultivate an open and spacious heart. They are Metta (lovingkindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy), and Upekka (equanimity). Through talks, meditations, and other practices, we will explore and deepen these qualities in ourselves.
This retreat will include a period of extended silence (Saturday midday through Monday morning) Silent practice offers the chance to limit the input of information we take in, allowing a gathering of our scattered energies, a clarifying of attention, and awakening of present moment awareness.
Your Weekend: Through a balance of scheduled and unscheduled time, guided yoga and meditation practices, time to rest, be in nature, and delve into two full days of silence, we will practice connecting with and embodying our natural awareness. We will begin our weekend Friday at 4pm, and complete Monday by early to mid-afternoon.
All levels welcome.
Your retreat includes:
· 3 night's stay in beautiful and thoughtful accommodations
· Use of all Harmony Hill facilities & grounds
· All meals dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday
· All yoga and meditation sessions.
Single occupancy ~ $1125
Double occupancy ~ $960 (please email us and let us know if you have a roommate preference or would like us to pair you with another participant)
$250 reserves your spot
Final Payment Due: March 3rd, 2023
· Full refund available (minus $50) prior to March 3rd
· Refunds to studio account credit only (minus $50) March 3rd or later
· No refunds after March 17th
Join us for a special restorative evening with live cello & singing by Karen Laura Peters. This workshop will focus on nourishing and calming our minds and bodies. We will ease into our practice with a gentle moving flow and then come into an hour of restorative yoga poses. We will build about 7 restorative postures and rest for 5-10 minutes in each while receiving the soothing medicine of live cello and singing.
Space is limited, please preregister
Join Karen Laura Peters for a 3 week dive into the anatomy and moving experience of your bones. The skeletal system gives our body its foundational supporting structure. Our bones can be a pathway to find more alignment, ease, and groundedness in ourselves. Each week we will focus on a different part of the skeletal system in our yoga practice.
This series is IN PERSON at the Source studio. If you took this series last spring online, we invite you to sign up again. There are many layers to this material and exploring somatic movement in community can feel quite different than online. We’d love to be with you in the studio!
Space is limited, please preregister.
Cost (sliding scale): $50/$70/$90
Why sliding scale? We want our classes and offerings to be accessible for all. By offering a sliding scale of rates, we offer different options that work for different budgets. Equity pricing works if those that have easy access to financial resources pay at the higher tiers, so that those with less access to resources can choose the lower tiers, and we are still able to meet the financial needs of our business operations and support sustainable wages for teachers.
Supporting Rate - $90 Pays for you and
supports someone who needs to pay at a lower rate
Sustaining Rate - $70: Pays for you
Supported Rate - $50: Contributes to your participation and is supported by the generosity of the community
• some of the most common yoga poses
• a little about the philosophy that guides yoga
• what to expect from classes at Source Yoga
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions
Space is limited to 10 & preregistration is required. Masks Recommended for all.
Please join beloved Source Yoga teacher Lori Ferry for an in-person Relax + Restore class in our intimate North Tacoma Studio. Many of you know Lori from her years of dedicated teaching at Source Yoga. During the pandemic, Lori moved out of the area, but we have been grateful to keep her sharing her gifts in an online format. Here is a chance to practice with Lori in person!
This will be a deeply restoring hour and a half practice, including gentle movement and restorative poses, the deep rest of yoga Nidra, and the gentle, healing touch of Reiki (optional). Space is limited, preregistration required. Masks recommended.
Date: Friday, Jan 20th, Feb 17th, Mar 17th, Apr 21st, May 19th
Cost: $20 for each session