Advent Silent Retreat w/Yoga and Meditation: Let It Be Dark that We May See Light

November 26, 2015 - November 29, 2015
West Park NY

Advent Silent Retreat w/Yoga and Meditation: Let It Be Dark that We May See Light

Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29

Led by Carolyn Bluemle

Limited to 13 participants.

Come, take refuge. Enter the healing power of monastic rhythm each day and integrate body and spirit. Align body and breath through yoga postures in prayer; sit in guided and silent meditation; chant the psalms with the monks; and sing Taizé chants in the beautiful chapel.

The Advent season calls us to leave the darkness of the ‘barbed-wire entanglements’ of our ‘own ideas’ and prepare to receive the gift of God’s light. The yoga and meditation on this retreat will be focused on untangling the knots of expectations, preconceptions, and habits long overused so that we may open ourselves to the miracle of God’s presence.

While all are welcome, some previous yoga experience is recommended but not required. All poses and sequences can be modified for any body. If you have some familiarity with some of the postures then entering into prayer comes more easily.

Please bring a symbol of your intention for the retreat to place on a prayer table in the practice room. Yoga props are provided.

Carolyn Bluemle has taught yoga since 1989 and is Iyengar certified. She has led numerous retreats at Holy Cross and workshops in the Sacred Circles program at the Washington National Cathedral.  She holds a Masters in ancient Greek philosophy from UC Berkeley and has enjoyed many years as a dancer. Through the healing practices of yoga, meditation, and Taizé chant she has renewed her Christian faith.  Her teaching, precise and enthusiastic, with humor and compassion, reflects her deep experience of yoga as prayer.

Cost: $240, deposit: $80

Categories: Prayer  |  Retreats  |  Spiritual Direction