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Embodied Awakening 23

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The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive
Thich Nhat Hanh

This silent retreat is an invitation to take the lived body as the path of awakening. This is not the body we objectify, judge or identify with, or have ambivalent feelings about, it is the natural wisdom unfolding when we fully immerse mindfulness in the body. This, the Buddha said, leads to ‘whatever skilful qualities are on the side of clear knowing’.

Sometimes meditators skip over the importance of awareness in the body, perhaps through misunderstanding, anxiety or aversion. In this retreat somatic practices will be integrated as part of our meditation. Somatic practices aid nervous system regulation and help unwind deeply held tensions and habituated patterns of reactivity. They help develop the 'felt sense', or interoceptive awareness, enabling a more grounded capacity to ease difficult and painful emotions and thoughts and supporting a more open-hearted engagement with life. As the bodymind settles into wholeness and awareness clarifies, the more subtle aspects of embodiment will reveal themselves transforming our usual perceptions of self and world.

The program will consist of lying down, sitting and walking, regular guided meditation, dharma talks, occasional relational meditation and regular somatic practice sessions. These will include working with the breath, unwinding movement and yoga, and TRE (Trauma Release Exercise).

When: 1st to 7th September 2023
Times: Arrive 5 pm and finish 2 pm
Where: Brahma Kumaris Centre, Wilton


  • Twin Share - $930 
  • Single rooms - $1170
  • Concession (Twin Share) - $810. For full time students, pensioners and unemployed. If you need assistance and do not qualify for the concession you may wish to apply for a scholarship (see below)

    Scholarships for all SIM retreats are available for people who need assistance paying the full fee and do not qualify for the concession

    For more information email Aggi

    Additional cost: 'Dana' The retreat fee covers accommodation and meals only. In keeping with a 2,500 year old tradition no fee has been charged for the teachings. At the end of the retreat you are invited to give a donation to express your appreciation and to support the teachers to continue their work.

    About the Teacher
    Lizzie Turnbull - click here for information

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    Refund policy

    If 30 days or more before the event - a full refund less $100 admin fee and banking fees. If less than 30 days before the event - no refund unless SIM is successful in filling your place. In such case the same $100 cancellation and banking fee applies. Please note: With some venues the cancellation period and the amount refunded may differ as we would be bound by the venues cancellation policy, in such instances this will be made clear on the retreat web page.