Advent Silent Retreat with Yoga and Meditation
Led By: Carolyn Bluemle
Suggested Donation: $305
Friday, 27 November – Sunday, 29 November 2020
Limited to 13 participants
Come, take refuge. Enter the healing power of monastic rhythm each day integrating body and spirit. Align body and breath through yoga in prayer; sit in guided and silent meditation; chant psalms with the monks; and sing Taizé chants in the beautiful chapel.
We will move into our darkness and through yoga, body prayer, and meditation slow down to be with our expectations of God. Do we need God’s arrival to be soft, as a vulnerable baby human? Do we ask God to break open the heavens? Are we looking to find God in the wind or earthquake or fire, or in the silence? What do we ache for and what calls us to wait? What is it that grows in the womb of Mary and in our hearts?
Yoga props are provided. Previous experience with yoga is not required but is recommended because familiarity with some of the postures makes it easier to enter the practice as prayer. All postures can be modified for any-body.
Carolyn Bluemle has taught yoga since 1989 and is Iyengar certified. She has led numerous retreats at Holy Cross since 2004. She holds a Masters in ancient Greek Philosophy from UC Berkeley and has enjoyed many years as a dancer. Through the healing practices of yoga, meditation, and Taizé chant she has renewed her Christian faith. Her teaching, precise and enthusiastic, with humor and compassion, reflects her deep experience of yoga as prayer. www.cmagicisafoot.com
The image at the top of this page is “Mary of the Cosmos” by Sister Bernadette of Green Mountain Monastery, used with permission of the artist.