Are you looking for a way to settle your mind, feel calmer and be more present in your day to day? Have you been wanting to start (and keep) some sort of meditation or mindfulness practice for awhile now but just can't make it stick? Do you want to meet other like-minded women who feel this way too?
This 2 hour mini-retreat and workshop is for you.
Not only will we explore easy-to-access meditation practices and ways to be more mindful, but each of you will make your very own beautiful mala to take home.
A mala is a set of beads, 108 regular beads plus a 'guru' bead, used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. I've found that malas are super helpful in supporting regular meditation practice for beginners, and long-time practitioners alike. It allows us to practice keeping or returning our attention to one thing. It can be a word, phrase, sound, your breath or anything that is helpful to you. In addition, wearing your mala is a gentle and beautiful reminder of being more mindful as you move around in the world each day. This little nudge will help your increased mindfulness become a habit. I love wearing mine.
What: A 2 hour time-out to learn and practice meditation, mindfulness and to make personal mala bracelets.
Where: The beautiful and nurturing Alpine Botanicals
When: Saturday, September 8th from 10am-noon
Who: This particular workshop is for women only. To keep it intimate and not overwhelming, we are limiting it to 15 participants.
What to wear/bring: Comfy casual clothes, socks if your feet get cold without shoes, water and yoga mat (if you have one).
Cost: $40 includes the workshop and the beautiful mala bracelet you make.
Benefits of the Mini-retreat + Workshop
Let's face it, taking time for oneself is just not something most of us are good at. Whether it's to take a break and go for a walk, sit with a cup of tea and listen to your favorite playlist, or meet up with a friend for a laugh, it often gets put off or just not planned in the first place. What we are good at is doing things for others, attacking our to-do lists, and keeping our homes and busy lives going as smoothly as possible or at least just going.
Sometimes it is only when we have an 'event' on the calendar do we give ourselves permission to take time for ourselves and do things that rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Join us Saturday, September 8th from 10-noon for just this, a dose of self-care, learning and mala making to help rejuvenate your mind and body and start a meditation practice that'll continue back in your 'real world' :-)
What to expect at the Mini-retreat + Workshop
- After introductions and settling in, we'll start the morning learning a couple of wellness-based ways to meditate. We'll have the opportunity to practice for different periods of time and then discuss our experiences and ask questions. We'll end this section with a few minutes lying down, relaxed with chilled wild orange essential oil infused towels (or unscented if preferred) on our foreheads (possibly my favorite part!)
- Next, we'll discuss and define a helpful way to think of mindfulness, how to practice it and when to be mindful. I'll talk about the barriers to mindfulness that most of us encounter and teach a few ways to overcome them.
- Lastly we'll move on to making and using malas. I've chosen beautiful *beads and embroidery thread to make these bracelets that will help us continue a practice of meditation and mindfulness when we leave the workshop. I'll teach you a brief background of malas, how we're respectfully borrowing from a traditional spiritual practice and ways to care for your mala. We'll have a short intention setting ceremony for your mala that includes creating your personal mantra and activating its' energy and end with a short meditation practice with our new malas.
*The mala beads are 6mm Amazonite beads, the guru bead is a 10mm Amazonite bead and the tassel is embroidery thread. The bracelet is strung together using a stretchy thread.
Hi! I've been practicing sitting meditation for almost 20 years. In that time, I've studied it and practiced from the perspective of a number of different traditions and types. My teaching intention, however, can be described as wellness-focused and secular based, knowing the practice is open to infinite personal directions and experiences. Further, I've found, the best type of meditation for each person is the one that sticks.
Over the years I've had seasons of irregular attention to it and periods of daily fervor with it. I've come to appreciate it like a good friend who's there for me whenever I'm available, picking up where we left off. Currently, I'm enjoying the closeness of a daily relationship and all the benefits that come with seeing that friend all the time. :-)
I live here in Nederland and have a psychotherapy private practice in Boulder. My counseling focuses largely on helping people with anxiety. I'm also a writer, community organizer, trail runner, dog lover, traveler and kitchen experimenter.
I look forward to meeting you!