The Shape of Awake®: Meditation and the Alexander Technique

with Hope Martin

September 25th—September 30th

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  • $450.00 Full Tuition

To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state. – Suzuki Roshi

Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape, it’s a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this 5 day meditation retreat, Hope Martin, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will help you establish ease, non-striving, and a friendly relationship to yourself in meditation and everyday activities. Her hands-on work makes subtle adjustments to the head, neck and back to access effortless, balanced posture – both light and grounded. Principles from the practice of Focusing will be introduced to befriend habitually stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the holding pattern. Become aware of unconscious habits that result in tension, pain, fixed posture and mindset and shift to a more expansive, balanced and joyful way of being.

Learning to be more embodied, letting go of excessive tension, and allowing your nervous system to settle provides a powerful foundation to navigate the challenges of this time of uncertainty and change. The hallmark of the Alexander process is a quality of being that is expansive, balanced and open. It is the shape of equanimity. When strong emotions or anxiety arise,  abiding in your body free of protective holding patterns allows access to your fundamental resilience which can meet all aspects of your experience.

Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice and your life! This experiential retreat offers a safe, supportive and caring environment to learn about and befriend yourself, and to deepen your meditation practice.

Open to new and experienced practitioners.

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I learned so much about myself, and began the journey of accepting myself and holding myself in compassion. Now, I can be kinder to those around me, because I can be kind to myself.
-Kate Smith
Shape of Awake transformed my relationship with my meditation practice and with my world. I feel more open, vulnerable, and available, while also feeling freer and more grounded. Hope's clarity, directness, heartfulness, and deep experience were a powerful combination and a sorely needed antidote to the rampant disembodiment in our culture.
-Miles Bukiet
What I learned in the retreat was immediately useful and very interesting. Hope helped our group experience the truth of ‘embodied wisdom.’ She was warm, compassionate, grounded, professional, and deeply informed. Her approach to the body perfectly parallels the compassionate self-observation we are engaged in as meditators.
-Celena Matsen
Hope's gentle encouragement to work with my physical and emotional discomfort helped me develop greater awareness of my recurrent holding patterns, greater trust in my body's wisdom, and greater capacity to relax. As someone who had always armored up to meet adversity, I have learned that I can drop the armor and engage difficult situations with greater gentleness and patience.
-Mark D.