Embodied Awareness / Patricia Brown & Surya Chandra Das
March 17, 2024 - March 23, 2024
The retreat will be an embodied exploration of meditation, yoga, meditative movement, and breathwork as Portals to Awareness. This recognition liberates the body and mind from old patterns while cultivating the capacity for living with ease, joy, resilience and resonance with the Source of Being. Creating a sacred container together, there will be four sessions daily for this embodied exploration.
Yoga sessions invite deep listening, fluid unwinding, and awakening sensation as guide back to body’s innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of “doing” asana to an unfolding, by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.
Meditation and self inquiry sessions encourage becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation, and self inquiry.
Movement explorations allow for slipping thru the cracks of our conditioning, experiencing a different vibrational energy to directly embody Essence and True Home.
Breathwork is a rare offering in yoga and meditation retreats and is an experience of healing, enhanced well-being, insight, and the direct experience of expanded consciousness. It is a profound dimension of our retreats.
There will be ample time to soak in the hot tubs, take a sauna, have a massage, hike in the adjacent hills, swim in the lake, explore one of more of the Mayan villages around the lake or simply relax in the beauty and quiet of Villa Sumaya.
This retreat is an opportunity enjoy a week on the the shores of majestic Lake Atitlan taking your practice to another level by inquiring into the essence of your being. Who am I? What is life really about? Why am I here? Is Presence my true nature? These are all questions which begin to arise from a deeply engaged life and practice, a yearning for true freedom and the desire to open to the depth of who and what we are. The container of this retreat will provide the support for an embodied experience of this exploration.
I encourage looking within, open inquiry, and respect for the unique way the mystery unfolds in each of us. Guiding students to cultivate awareness of a deepened field of intelligence, my approach is experiential, fluid, and non-linear encouraging expansion of breath, attention, perception and inner listening. By refining attunement to the felt sense, the poses, breathwork, moving and seated meditations become fluid forms for exploration and deepened awareness, inviting an open ended, bodily-based inquiry into our True Nature.
My work draws upon 40 years of practice and teaching from which an eclectic approach to yoga, meditation and life has emerged. I am interested in guiding others to uncover the deep rivers of their own knowing, drawing upon classical Hatha yoga, including vinyasa, yin yoga and restorative yoga; pranayama; Middendorf, Osho Diamond, Quantum Light, and Holotropic Breath Work; Continuum Movement; Authentic Movement, 5Rhythms, Somatics, Vipassana meditation; Advaita in the tradition of Ramana Maharshi, and Self-inquiry as portals to the direct experience of Awareness, our True Home and Original Essence.
Patricia and her husband, Surya developed Rolling Meadows Retreat Center, and lives on a quiet cove in mid-coast Maine. She teaches in Maine, Vermont and internationally in Mexico, Italy, and India and wherever else she is drawn to share her love of opening to the flow of the Essence of Being.
Surya-Chandra Das began studying hatha yoga and meditation in 1988. Surya has taught classes and yoga retreats since 1990. His teaching of yoga asana and pranayama is influenced by his studies with T.K.V. Desikachar in Madras, India, Victor van Kooten, Angela Farmer, and Richard Miller. Additionally, there have been a variety of teachers in the Iyengar tradition and the teachings of yin yoga. Studies in Authentic Movement, Breathwork and Continuum Movement have contributed to his interest in exploring the formless contained within the form of yoga postures. Surya has also been influenced by the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, who stressed the need for each individual to directly discover their own truth without dogma, ritual, or technique. Surya-Chandra is a long-time student of Vipassana meditation and Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi. He has studied with Ramesh Balsakar, Adyashanti and others.