Coming into the Body:
A Meditation Retreat for Women
with Nancy Windheart and Anne Dellenbaugh
and supporting staff Osa Arkin, Camina Gillotti, and Jessica Bell, D.O.
Dec. 1-8, 2017
Bodhi Manda Zen Center, Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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Our bodies are our connection with the primordial and profound Source, the vivifying, intelligent energy of the cosmos. In this retreat, we will focus on developing an experiential understanding of embodiment through a careful exploration of our somatic experience and the gates it offers into the greater whole. We’ll do this through specific body practices designed to guide us into deep relaxation and foster an awakening beyond concepts.
These practices create an inner receptivity that is the foundation of our innate ability to connect freely and openly with all that is. They give us access to the essence of interspecies communication, the natural and fluid opening to other beings, and to the deep knowing, wisdom and awareness that is our birthright as cosmic beings.
In the exploration of our embodiment, we’ll share times of extended silence, the stillness of sitting and walking meditation (both indoors and out), yoga, council circle, ritual and play. Our home for the retreat will be the beautiful Bodhi Manda Zen Center, in historic Jemez Springs, NM. The Jemez Mountains are known as one of the most beautiful regions of New Mexico, with natural hot springs (one of which is just a few steps from the retreat rooms), stunning vistas, and wilderness solitude.
We are delighted to be joined on staff in this retreat by three wonderful and talented women: Dr. Jessica Bell, D.O brings her deep understanding of the body to support each retreatant with 2 osteopathic bodywork treatments; Anne (Osa) Arkin, brings a love of food into her work as chef; and Camina Gillotti will be assisting Osa, bringing an Ayurvedic influence to our menu, and offering Ayurvedic consultations and teaching.
We’ll be nourished by simple and delicious Ayurvedic meals and Ayurvedic self-care practices, the hot springs, the land and community of Bodhi Manda, and the stillness of winter in the mountains.
This retreat will be a small and intimate gathering of women who are called to this path of embodied awakening. Space is limited and we expect that the retreat will fill quickly. Early registration is recommended.
About the Retreat Center
The Bodhi Manda Zen Center is a Buddhist retreat center located in the Jemez mountains of New Mexico, near Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It offers a peaceful and compassionate environment ideal for workshops, seminars, and meditation intensives. While its orientation is chiefly Buddhist, the BMZC’s mission is to provide a setting that supports spiritual growth for all committed seekers.
Located in a high desert river canyon in the stunning and secluded Jemez Mountains, the harmonious practices of Bodhi Manda invite and encourage the cultivation of symbiotic relationship in every aspect of life, while the serene environment supports both visitors and residents in attentively deepening the understanding of our collective ‘true nature.’
What people say about retreats with Anne and Nancy:
I loved both the physicality and emotional refuge of the trip, under the gentle guidance of two wonderful human beings. I loved being with a wonderful group of accepting women and stretching my limitations…it continues to bubble inside me.
Cheryl Nason, Ontario, Canada
Anne and Nancy bring compassionate holding with sacred knowledge and a love of the wild. These retreats are strong medicine, drink deep.
Laura Forman, United Kingdom
I felt so taken care of in this retreat, and it modeled how to better take care of myself. The practices carefully unfolded so I never felt separated from them…they were organically natural and I felt that I belonged inside all of them.
Shirley Gillotti, CA