THE FEMININE
                   MOTHER'S DAY

Open to both men and women
Previous yoga experience suggested but not required. 
Sequences can be modified to accommodate anyone.

Limited to 20 participants

        MAY 8--11, 2008
                      Thursday through Sunday
             Early arrival on Wednesday
                    for a longer retreat is encouraged

    May 7-11   $390
    May 8-11   $320

           Pentecost and Mother's Day are on the same day this year.  This calls for dancing with the spirit, celebrating the feminine, and exploring feminine images of God: wind, wisdom, and the love itself that binds lover and beloved.  We will integrate our bodies and Spirits in worship: aligning the body through postures, and praying the body through posture sequences to sung prayers.  Yoga can help us slow down to deep rhythms of the body and breath to create a quiet home for the mind in meditation.

           We will  enter the the mystery, power, and rhythm of the body through yoga, chanting with the monks, Taize chant, walking the labyrinth, and mindful eating of delicious food prepared by a chef from the Culinary Institute of America.

            You are invited to come on Wednesday, a day early to enter the silence more deeply. On Wednesday evening and Thursday morning we will enjoy gentle yoga and mindful eating.  On Thursday afternoon, weather permitting, we will go for a mindful walk at the beautiful, peaceful lake  in the John Burroughs Sanctuary near by.  Others will join us on Thursday at supper.

                Please bring something, that expresses
            your intention for our time together, to place
            on the prayer table in the practice room.  And,
             if you have them, a sticky mat, a firm blanket,
                              and a meditation cushion.

                   Holy Cross Monastery
nestled on twenty-six magnificent acres on the banks of the Hudson River in the Catskills, is home to an open-hearted Episcopal Benedictine community.  A beautiful place to enter a time of prayer, reflection, renewal, and recreation.  Their cook is a graduate of the "other CIA".


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