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Date & Time Details: Arrival Saturday, Sept. 10th. Check-in is from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Atlantic. Dinner at 6:30pm Departure Thursday afternoon after tea.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0

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The Shape of Awake®: Meditation and the Alexander Technique

With Hope Martin

September 10 - 15, 2022

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

Discover how to be fully present and at ease in your body. This will transform 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.

Learning to be more embodied, to let go of excessive tension and allow your nervous system to settle, provides a powerful foundation for navigating the challenges of this time of uncertainty and change.

The Alexander process brings 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 you to access your fundamental resilience and meet all aspects of your experience.

What to Expect

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.

Hope’s guided adjustments and instruction will teach you to access effortless, balanced posture – both light and grounded. This helps greatly to reduce the physical strain and discomfort that we experience during extended periods of meditation practice.

Principles of Focusing will also be introduced to help loosen our habitually stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the holding patterns in our bodies. You will learn to become aware of unconscious habits that result in tension, pain, fixed posture and mindset and be able to shift to a more expansive, balanced and joyful way of being.

Who Should Attend

Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat. Meditation instruction and individual posture adjustments will provided for each participant.

The retreat is ideal for new meditators since it will greatly help you get past any physical discomfort associated with sitting and set your practice on the right track.

Experienced meditators will learn how to relax anxiety and stress as they are able to release emotional energies that get stuck in deep holding patterns of the body.

Overview of Schedule (Atlantic Time)

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September 10  (Arrival Day)

  • Check-in is open from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please try to arrive before 5pm to settle in before dinner if you are able to.
  • Dinner is at 6:30.
  • There will be an orientation session at 7:45 after dinner.

September 11 –  September 14

  • 7:00 a.m.: Optional (Outdoor Contemplative Practice)
  • 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m.: Morning Session
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.: Early afternoon Session
  • 4:00 p.m.: Tea
  • 4:30 p.m.: Late afternoon session
  • 6:00 p.m. Break
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 7:45 p.m.: Evening Session
  • 9:00 p.m.: End of day

September 15

  • 7:00 a.m.: Optional (Outdoor Contemplative Practice)
  • 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m.: Morning session
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.: Early afternoon Session
  • 4:30 p.m.: Break
  • 5:00 p.m.: Celebratory Tea Reception


  • Each session may include breaks, guided meditation and posture correction.
  • Departure after Tea on September 15. If you are traveling and wish to stay over on September 15, you will have the option to add an additional night’s stay on the registration form.
  • If you are staying for Embodied Listening®, you WILL need to add the additional night’s stay to your registration, unless you are leaving and coming back the next day.

Program Cost

Tuition: $450 CAD
Food: $100 CAD
Accommodations: Extra. (Please see the Registration Page for a list of options.)

Participants who enroll in both the Shape of Awake® and Embodied Listening® programs will receive a 15% discount on the tuition portion of both retreats. We will adjust your Guest Statement for you.


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 Buklet

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 armoured up to meet adversity, I have learned that I can drop the armour and engage difficult situations with greater gentleness and patience. — Mark D.


Hope Martin
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years, trained Alexander teachers for two decades at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor, a Focusing trainer and has been a close student of Pema Chodron for 28 years. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. To learn more about Hope’s work, visit
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