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Pete Guinosso and Sean Feit invite you to join a Bodhi silent yoga and meditation retreat designed for the experienced yogi to awaken or deepen his or her meditation and yoga practice in a quiet and secluded setting, utilizing the techniques of Vipassana meditation. Vipassana which means to see things as they really are, is one of Indias most ancient techniques of meditation. This technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting in happiness and liberation. Join this retreat and experience self-transformation through self-observation.
Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat center located in the beautiful redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California. Built by the disciples of the late Lama Thubten Yeshe on 75 acres at the ford of two creeks, amidst tall trees and local wildlife, the extremely blessed land has been visited by generations of spiritual practitioners including such holy beings as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
This retreat offers seven types of accommodation to choose from, these are: single cabin, double cabin, private single room, private double room, dorm room good for 4 people, dorm room good for 8 people, and camping. Guest are free to choose the type of accommodation they would like to avail of.
In Buddhism, a Bodhi is one who is on the path to awakening to the nature of things, or enlightenment. The Yoga Bodhi retreat is designed for the experienced yogi to awaken or deepen his or her meditation and yoga practice in a quiet and secluded setting, utilizing the techniques of Vipassana meditation.
Vipassan, or Clear Seeing is part of the ancient Buddhist practice of embodied awareness. Through the focused attention and tranquillity cultivated in meditation, we investigate the ever-changing experiences of body and heart that bring us both joy and suffering. The practices of vipassan and mindfulness on retreat weave together all our activities as meditation, and become a powerful inquiry into the causes of distress and the path to freedom.
Each day of the Bodhi retreat will begin with meditation in the sacred Gompa room (Buddhist prayer hall), followed by a rigorous Forrest Yoga practice (Vinyasa Flow) designed to deepen physical and mental awareness and awaken the spirit. In the afternoon, a walking meditation will be offered, and we will gather again for a calming Yin and Restorative flow. Each day will end with a meditation designed to calm the mind and prepare the body for a deeply restful sleep.
In between gatherings, participants are invited to explore the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountain trails accessible from Vajrapani, or simply sit in quiet contemplation amongst the redwoods or in the Vajrapani library. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided; all meals are nutritionally balanced, vegetarian, and prepared by Vajrapanis trained chefs.
To help eradicate the mental impurities of the mind and body, we must first eliminate the many things that distract us from seeing ourselves as we really are. As such, we ask that you plan to spend the retreat in silence (with the exception of our nightly check-ins). Once the retreat begins on Wednesday night, we will turn off our cell phones and computers and put away books and journals. We will awaken, eat, move, sit, and restore our bodies, with silence.
At times, the silence may feel deeply intense and difficult. However, you will feel supported by your yoga and meditation practice, as well as by our nightly Dharma talks. By the end of the retreat, each Yoga Bodhi participant will have learned new ways in which to continue to awaken to the nature of things, and will feel more comfortable applying the essentials of Vipassana meditation to their daily life.
Boulder Creek in located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains on Highway 9.One can either take Highway 9 from Saratoga or from Santa Cruz. The fastest way is to take Bear Creek Road from Highway 17 directly into Boulder Creek (Bear Creek Road is a mountainous curvy road - good suspension is recommended) until you reach Highway 9 (Boulder Creek) and then turn left.
Pete Guinosso Yoga will provide all your meals during the course of the retreat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, and all meals are nutritionally balanced, vegetarian, and prepared by Vajrapanis trained chefs.