4 DAY RETREAT IN STUNNING BOONVILLE • WITH KELLY BLASER

The Dharma Path of Loving-Kindness


Recommitting to a life of self-acceptance, compassion, and inner leadership


April 18 - 21, 2024

A Yoga, Meditation, Writing, and Creative Practice Retreat

Metta - the Buddhist principle of loving-kindness - is the foundation of all Transformation.

Accessing Metta gives us back to wholeness, creative essence, and our capacity to connect to others.


Loving Kindness and Compassion are directly available to all beings;

they are qualities of our true nature.

But without practice, our access to Metta gets blocked.

This retreat will help you to clear obstacles, befriend yourself fully, and recommit to a Dharma path of loving kindness and compassion. You'll get to look at and unhook from stories, and build a foundation for powerful inner leadership.

HERE'S HOW:

Explore New Practices

Write & Create

Be Reflected

Recommit

Meditation and Yoga Asana will settle anxieties, open up joy, and create intimacy with the wholeness of life. All levels are welcome and we'll help you find a practice that works for you, no matter where you're at! Practicing together, in the gorgeous spaces of this tranquil setting, we will deepen into the space of meditative inquiry. New insights will emerge, new skills will be built. Together, on this dharma path of compassion, we'll recommit to growing into who we most deeply are.

We are radically creative beings; we just get blocked when conditions are not right. On this retreat you'll get to step into the freshness of a new environment and spend time in both silence and creative play! You'll take in beautiful vistas and healing energy as you engage with writing practices and intuitive art. These are the the ingredients for creating radical self-acceptance; the foundation of any lasting change.

Be held and reflected by an insightful, clear community (sangha). You'll get to practice Antenna Listening, our signature method for reflecting each other with compassion. When we are reflected by those whose purpose is to embody metta, we can really see our selfves clearly. We'll uncover real insight into how conditioning operates, and where freedom lies. From there, we'll find a sense of the preciousness of human life, and explore how we can recommit to a path of compassion and inner leadership.

In the context of sublime, inspirational Dharma Teachings, we'll find the capacity to recommit. Our practices will come largely from the teachings of Buddhism, Non-dual Shaivism, and yoga, as well as approaches that neuroscience and modern psychology have proven to be effective in engendering compassion, radical self-acceptance, and transformation. You'll come away with a new understanding of both modern healing approaches and the dharma, and practical ways to apply it to a process of recommitting to a life of compassion.

Explore New Practices

Meditation and Yoga Asana will settle anxieties, open up joy, and create intimacy with the wholeness of life. All levels are welcome and we'll help you find a practice that works for you, no matter where you're at! Practicing together, in the gorgeous spaces of this tranquil setting, we will deepen into the space of meditative inquiry. New insights will emerge, new skills will be built. Together, on this dharma path of compassion, we'll recommit to growing into who we most deeply are.

Write & Create

Be held and reflected by an insightful, clear community (sangha). You'll get to practice Antenna Listening, our signature method for reflecting each other with compassion. When we are reflected by those whose purpose is to embody metta, we can really see our selfves clearly. We'll uncover real insight into how conditioning operates, and where freedom lies. From there, we'll find a sense of the preciousness of human life, and explore how we can recommit to a path of compassion and inner leadership.

Be Reflected

We are radically creative beings; we just get blocked when conditions are not right. On this retreat you'll get to step into the freshness of a new environment and spend time in both silence and creative play! You'll take in beautiful vistas and healing energy as you engage with writing practices and intuitive art. These are the the ingredients for creating radical self-acceptance; the foundation of any lasting change.

Recommit

In the context of sublime, inspirational Dharma Teachings, we'll find the capacity to recommit. Our practices will come largely from the teachings of Buddhism, Non-dual Shaivism, and yoga, as well as approaches that neuroscience and modern psychology have proven to be effective in engendering compassion, radical self-acceptance, and transformation. You'll come away with a new understanding of both modern healing approaches and the dharma, and practical ways to apply it to a process of recommitting to a life of compassion.

My intention for this retreat...

This retreat will focus largely on how we can meet ourselves, others, and the world with compassion and metta, loving-kindness, and from there, recommit to precious lives.

Loving-kindness is the foundation of healing for so many. Until we come home to ourselves with radical self-acceptance, it's very hard to practice fully. Metta allows us to drop our defenses, and see clearly into ourselves and the world.

We're not just sitting on this retreat. Our practices will emphasize meditation, writing, and interactive Antenna Listening exercises. We'll work from the perspective that we can bring metta to all parts of ourselves, and we'll explore many different pathways to do so, including other creative practices, breath work, somatics, and asana.

If in any way you've lost ground in your practice, have left parts of yourself behind, or have given up on creative endeavors, come! Open up to the insights of the heart. Transform your sense of yourself, recommit to inner leadership, and bring peace to your life.

This retreat is for you if...

  • You want to learn more about yourself and how to get free. You want to explore inner leadership in the context of the dharma teachings, especially those that center radical self-acceptance and the realization of true nature.
  • You are a householder, not a monk. You live in the world and life is full. You want to unhook and unplug for a bit, so you can return to the flow of daily life with authentic metta in your heart. You want to deepen your practices, so you can meet the challenges of life with equanimity, faith, compassion, and empathy.
  • You are drawn to inner work, and aware of the unparalleled benefits that come from linking our practices together and connecting with sangha (community).
  • You're interested in the blend of creative practices with more formal practice. You're open to participating in a lot of what is on offer, knowing you have the freedom to skip some sessions. We'll intersperse dharma teachings with writing exercises, somatic work, gentle yoga, and silent sitting.

CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S RETREAT VIDEO

We get the whole WhisperTree Retreat (formerly Bell Valley) for this event! The back of the property features a beautiful practice yurt and many gorgeous glamping tents. There are hundreds of acres to roam, and a gorgeous little pond. The front property includes the historic Toll House Inn and the Barn, both offering a range of beautiful accommodations. The venue's design incorporates careful attention to deeply nurturing aesthetics. The retreat is situated in the stunning beauty of the Northern California coastal hills. There's plenty of land to roam onsite, and it's close enough to the beach for a day trip. We're so lucky to get to immerse in an environment so conducive to insight and introspection!

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What's Included:

  • Close to a dozen sessions offered - most with Kelly, some with mentors. All optional -- you get to take care of yourself! We'll focus on writing, meditation, dharma, asana, and applying the wisdom teachings to your life.
  • A balance of solitary time and inward practices with interactive practices that allow for group process.
  • Room and Board: Delicious, catered meals & a range of cozy accommodation options.
  • Access to hiking trails and retreat facilities.

We get the whole WhisperTree Retreat (formerly Bell Valley) for this event! The back of the property features a beautiful practice yurt and many gorgeous glamping tents. There are hundreds of acres to roam, and a gorgeous little pond. The front property includes the historic Toll House Inn and the Barn, both offering a range of beautiful accommodations. The venue's design incorporates careful attention to deeply nurturing aesthetics. The retreat is situated in the stunning beauty of the Northern California coastal hills. There's plenty of land to roam onsite, and it's close enough to the beach for a day trip. We're so lucky to get to immerse in an environment so conducive to insight and introspection!

What's Included:

  • Close to a dozen sessions offered - most with Kelly, some with mentors. All optional -- you get to take care of yourself! We'll focus on writing, meditation, dharma, asana, and applying the wisdom teachings to your life.
  • A balance of solitary time and inward practices with interactive practices that allow for group process.
  • Room and Board: Delicious, catered meals & a range of cozy accommodation options.
  • Access to hiking trails and retreat facilities.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bunk House

Barn

Glamping

Toll House

The BunkHouse, just adjacent to the historic Toll House, provides a cozy nest of shared accommodations.

The Barn is our main gathering space. There are 4 rooms and a beautiful living area and kitchen on the upper level.

Glamping Tents, with single or double accommodation, are adorably designed and nestled in nature.

At the historic Toll House there are 4 tastefully appointed rooms, some with private baths. The hot tub awaits your arrival!

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The Dharma Path of Loving-Kindness
Recommitting to a life of self-acceptance, compassion, and inner leadership


A Yoga, Meditation, Writing, and Creative Practice Retreat

April 18-21, 2024

Kelly Blaser is the founder of DharmaBridge and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with an emphasis in Buddhism, Śaiva and Śakta Tantra, and Somatic Psychology.  

She is dedicated to the power of metta (loving-kindness) as the driver of access to reality, and thus true transformation at the personal and collective level. Her programs and courses focus largely on the power of applying the dharma to one's relationship with oneself and others. Kelly helps people train themselves in meditation, mindfulness practices, and compassionate self-inquiry, so they can gain freedom from conditioned mind, open up to possibility, and contribute to deep systems change at the level of the collective, for the benefit of all beings.

Kelly began yoga and sitting practice in 1989. She has taught yoga and meditation since 1997 and has been an MFT for over 12 years. She draws inspiration from the Zen, Vipassana, Vajrayana, Śaiva, and Śakta teachings, as well as from the wildness of nature.