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Awakening Joy: A Daylong Mindfulness Retreat led by Janka Livoncova

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, 10am-4:30pm
@ Rising Fawn Gardens

This retreat will focus on cultivation of Mindfulness (Sati) and Appreciative Joy (Mudita).

“Mudita is one of the most rare and beautiful qualities that we can awaken. It strengthens our capacity to experience joy and happiness. It is likened to a flower at full bloom. It is the ability to appreciate something as it is blooming and releasing the fragrance of its happiness. The clarity and lightness that shines through with this mindfulness practice lifts the heart out of the preoccupation with insufficiency.” – DaeJa Napier

The retreat will be held in noble silence and will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, instructions and reflections, with a mid-day lunch break to practice mindful eating.

The schedule will also include an optional discussion period to reflect on how to skillfully apply the wisdom of the practice in our daily life. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practice, however some meditation experience is suggested.

Bring your lunch, wear comfortable clothing, and bring any appropriate props you will need for your sitting meditation practice. The Yoga House has large bolsters and blankets and a limited supply of yoga mats.

Cost: $35 registration fee + Dana for the teacher

Dana is the time-honored ethic and tradition of expressing gratitude through generosity that Janka is dedicated to keeping alive by freely offering the teachings, and her guidance. What this means is that she receives no compensation for teaching retreats, and relies instead on the generosity of retreat participants.

There will be an opportunity to offer Dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat (financial contributions in the form of a check or cash).

Read more about the dana practice
Read more about the wisdom of giving

There are two work-study scholarships available for those in need. Please call Janka at 423-488-5406 to inquire.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30

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