AWAKE…Advent Silent Retreat w/ Yoga, Meditation, and Taizé Chant

November 29, 2013 - December 1, 2013
West Park NY


Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1

Led by Carolyn Bluemle

Limited to 15 participants


Advent throws us into a paradox of waiting for God while knowing that God is always present. The Gospel asks us to keep AWAKE: to be skillful in opening ourselves to God as hidden from us and to God breaking through in astonishing ways.

Yoga, chant, meditation, and mindful eating are all ways to become more attuned to the present moment, to be awake. With yoga we will pray through the body and align our posture that we may be more integrated, upright, and open. Some previous experience with yoga or meditation is recommended but not required.

We will have an opportunity on Saturday afternoon to worship with the full expression of our bodies, as each is inspired and able, with Taizé Chant and with posture sequences to a sung prayer.

Please bring a symbol of your intention for the retreat. We will place these on a prayer table in the practice room.

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

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