February 16-18 (Friday-Sunday)
With Susan Mickel, MD, PhD and Pamela Eyden
Tuition: $200, plus meals and lodging.
Compassionate presence to our experience of ourselves and the world around us is the heart of the practices of yoga and meditation. This weekend offers instructions on yoga postures, and mindfulness and loving kindness meditations, emphasizing the cultivation of openness and kindness in all that we do. By opening our hearts to all experience, we open to who we most deeply are, our innate goodness and wisdom.
The retreat will be silent, alternating periods of yoga and mindfulness sitting meditation.
There will be leadership at all of the sessions, with opportunities to ask questions in the group setting, and talks integrating the two practices with day-to-day life.
No prior knowledge of either tradition is necessary to attend. Participants will receive a full set of instructions for mindfulness meditation and loving kindness meditation, and instruction in yoga postures that emphasizes meditative focus on body awareness during yoga. The yoga postures taught will vary across the day.
About Susan and Pamela
She learned Burmese mindfulness meditation from several teachers and was authorized to teach by Mary Jo Meadow, PhD. Daniel Brown, PhD was her first teacher of Tibetan Mahamudra, and her authorized her to teach essence Mahamudra.
Rahob Tulku Thupten Kalsang Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche are her current teachers of Dzogchen and Mahamudra.
Susan practiced for many years as a behavioral neurologist, and more recently has become a licensed clinical psychologist. In all her activities her main focus in on how best to relieve suffering and promote happiness and wellbeing.
Pamela Eyden is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has taught in the Winona community and at Winona State University for many years. She is a long-time meditator and student of mind-body disciplines. She finds yoga to be useful in centering the mind and the restless body, as well as a great tool for adapting to age and change. Pam is also working, with others, to make her city more compassionate.