Reconnecting to the Source:  Silent Yoga & Meditation retreat led by Monique Haan

Reconnecting to the Source: Silent Yoga & Meditation retreat led by Monique Haan

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Reconnecting to the Source:

Silent Yoga & Meditation retreat led by Monique Haan

June 30 – July 2, 2017 

Join Monique for a 3-day (2 night) silent yoga and meditation retreat at Zazen’s beautiful, secluded retreat center in Mendocino. This retreat will include 3 sessions per day, including: yin yoga, slow mindful flow, meditation, dharma talk, as well as free time each afternoon for self reflection. Three nourishing, organic meals will be provided daily. For an extended retreat, just a few miles away are the healing waters of Orr Hot Springs and the beautiful Montgomery State Redwood Forest.

Retreating in silence is a profound opportunity to deepen self-awareness and embodied presence. We can become easily disconnected from our true nature, as our busy lives keep us moving at a frantic pace. When we reside in this ‘detached’ place, we forget our connection to the larger source, often reacting from a place of fear or comparison.

This time together in deep practice will support us in re-connecting and remembering our true nature, our connection to the larger source of life. Through our daily practices, we will hold the intention of listening deeply to a place of stillness and wisdom that inherently within us.

All levels of yoga practice are welcome. Some meditation experience preferred, but not required. To allow time for connection, we will enter silence together after the evening session on Friday, until after the morning session on Sunday.

To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of reach, though it is never far from us. By entering that silence, the unspeakable shows itself as the thread of light that holds the web of life together.  -Mark Nepo 

Private room: 450 / Shared room: 375  /  camping/cot: 275

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Embodied Nature - A Forest Bathing Retreat for Women

Embodied Nature - A Forest Bathing Retreat for Women

Embodied Nature - A Forest Bathing Retreat for Women

Friday, July 28 after 3:00 pm – Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm

As summer comes to a peak, we invite you to leave your stress and screens behind and come home to your full embodied feminine self with our Forest Therapy retreat for women at Zazen, a holistic wellness center in the Mendocino Highlands.

How do we cultivate our relationship with nature?
How do we slow down to receive its nurturance?
How do we show our gratitude?
Who supports our connection?

If you are asking these questions, we invite you this introduction to Forest Therapy to open the space for your personal nature connection to unfold. Once you have experienced Forest Therapy, you can practice in your daily life for stress management, healing and transformation.

Led by Nicole Daspit and Julie Hall, the weekend in nature weaves together guided Forest Therapy walks in the redwoods, yoga and meditation, organic vegetarian cuisine, and creative time in peaceful surroundings. Open to women of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Offering to You

  • 2 nights at gorgeous Zazen Retreat
  • Delicious organic vegetarian meals made with love by Jamuna and Daveed
  • An introduction to Forest Therapy, with walks at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve and Zazen Retreat
  • Yin yoga and meditation
  • Evening creative activities

Available a la carte

  • Massage – Somatic with elements of deep tissue, Thai and cranial sacral – limited spaces
  • Reiki – limited spaces
  • Orr Hot Springs – group dependent

All activities are optional. Everyone is invited to meet their own needs on this personal retreat. Please bring your journal, book, creative projects, or whatever you like to benefit most from this time away from your daily life. 

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) for relaxation, enjoyment, and health care. Rooted in scientific research, forest therapy is proving to be an effective antidote to our modern lifestyles. By slowing down and immersing our senses in the natural world, our minds are calmed, our nervous systems relaxed, and our bodies are nourished and healed. Among the many benefits of spending time in the woods are stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, heightened sensory awareness, increased focus and cognition, more creativity, less depression, and a greater sense of well-being.

Guided Forest Therapy walks are slow walks designed to harmonize our hearts, minds and bodies with the natural world through our felt senses. Walks include sensory awareness, conscious breathing, grounding/earthing, and imaginative ways of engaging with the elements of nature. 


Retreat Leaders

To learn about the genesis of this retreat, please read Julie’s Forest Friends interview with Nicole, Nicole Daspit on Eros, about some topics dear to our hearts that we think you might enjoy.

Nicole Daspit is a Nature and Forest Therapy guide, mentor, assistant trainer, and Reiki Master living in Sebastopol, CA. She loves guiding walks for people of all ages and hosting restorative workshops and retreats in order to create a space for others to reclaim and reanimate their connection to the living world, including their own life force. She is also the creator of Inner Discovery for Kids, a children’s program encouraging nature time, creative expression, free play, sensory awareness, understanding feelings and inner connection. Her other passions include herbal medicine, somatic practice, songwriting and spending time with family, preferably in nature!

Julie Hall is founder Shinrin-Yoku Walks. She is a certified Forest Therapy guide, travel photographer, and budding yin yoga teacher based in Santa Barbara, California. With a background in European history, languages and film, Julie has been on a singular life path to know the world and herself. In the words of one of her favorite authors, Pico Iyer, “A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” Julie has poured years of work into transforming herself and others through photography, teaching English in Asia, and Forest Therapy. Julie brings her passions for people, health, nature, culture and spirituality to her work as a retreat leader and guide.


Private room ~ $565
Shared room ~ $465

* Spaces Limited*

RSVP by registration and $100 deposit or full payment.
Full payment due June 28.

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