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Mindful Aging, Mindful Death: 8-Week Meditation Intensive and Book Discussion

with Jennifer Lenhart

8 Tuesday Evenings: October 12--November 30

7:30-9:00pm

The truth is: every day, each of us is moving closer to death. We’re aging. Yet, our culture values and promotes youth in a myriad of ways, while it devalues and resists the processes of aging. As a result, many of us suffer when it comes to experiencing life in an old body or thinking about death—our own or that of loved ones. We often fail to see that the mature years of our lives offer us many opportunities for spiritual practice and that preparing for leaving this body is some of the most important work we can do.


In this 8-week book discussion and meditation intensive, we will read and contemplate two books by beloved teacher Ram Dass. The first, called "Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying" was published in 2000. It was during the writing of this book that Ram Dass suffered a massive stroke—an event which gave him new insights into aging, changing, and dying. In "Still Here", Ram Dass helps us explore the joy, pain, and opportunities of the ripening seasons of our lives. Writing with his trademark humor and wisdom, sharing stories from his own life, and meditation exercises to integrate the teachings into daily life, he offers us a new perspective on aging, changing, and dying that may make these processes a little easier for us. 


The second book, "Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying", was co-written with Mirabai Bush. It was published in 2018, near the end of Ram Dass’ life (he left his body in December 2019). In "Walking Each Other Home", they explore what it means to live and die consciously, to remember who we really are, and to illuminate the path we walk together. It helps readers learn to be a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, how leave a spiritual legacy, and how to create a sacred space for dying, and much more.


In this 8-week book discussion and meditation intensive, we’ll read and discuss both books; explore our thoughts in journals; share conversation; and learn and practice meditation. (No previous meditation experience is necessary.)


Investment: $175

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Sound Bath with Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls 

with Becky Hopp

Friday, October 29, 6:30--7:30pm

Immerse yourself in the healing power of sound. Sound has become the medicine of our times as people search for new ways to bring inner peace and stress relief into their daily lives.


Using the highest grade Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls, Becky Hopp will guide you on a relaxing journey that will help with stress, tension, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, grief, physical pain, and addiction. This is done through the waves of sound which calm the nervous system and balance the subtle body.


Prepare to leave feeling refreshed, radiant, and glowing from the inside out. Be bathed in the healing vibrations of sound, all from the comfort of your own mat. It is recommended to bring a pillow, blanket, eye pillow, eye mask, etc. ~ whatever is going to help you be most comfortable and allow you to relax fully relax into the experience. $40 Register


Becky Hopp is a wife, dog mom, Certified Sound Healer, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Reiki Master in training, cancer survivor, open heart patient, and frequent flyer at The Cleveland Clinic. Sound Healing came into her life at a time when she thought she was being called to be a yoga instructor. As it turns out, the Universe was leading her on a path of her soul’s purpose ~ to help and give back to others through the power of healing sound vibrations. Sound Healing has completely changed her life and she is beyond grateful.

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"Be Here Now": Mindfulness in the Mountains

Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Taos, NM

July 10-16, 2022

Join Jennifer Lenhart on a 6-day spiritual retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico.


Bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and at an elevation of 6,969', Taos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Along with breathtaking natural beauty, hiking, and mineral hot springs, Taos is known for historic adobe buildings (including Taos Pueblo).  As a longtime artist colony, the town offers many galleries and museums showcasing local and regional artwork. Our retreat accommodations are a charming adobe-style lodge built-in 1925.  

Taos is also home to the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram & Hanuman Temple. Baba Neem  Karoli (known to his devotees as Mahara-ji) was the beloved guru of Ram Dass.  Auspiciously, our retreat in the “Land of Enchantment” coincides with the July full moon and the holiday Guru Purnima, a traditional celebration dedicated to gurus, or enlightened spiritual masters. On this day, seekers offer gratitude and devotion to their gurus and receive their blessings. Visiting the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram will be one of the optional excursions offered to our group.  

Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to reconnect with nature and ourselves, to build community with like-minded seekers, and to work on our spiritual practice in an immersive and intentional way. Our retreat will include daily breath-centered and mindful Jivamukti yoga asana practice; dharma talks and discussion focusing on the teachings of Ram Dass and Mahara-ji; seated guided and seated silent meditation; walking meditation (on the retreat center’s outdoor labyrinth);  pranayama (breathing exercises); chanting mantras accompanied by the harmonium;  singing bowls; a karma yoga service project; and nourishing home-cooked plant-based meals. There will also be plenty of free time for resting, enjoying the pool and hot tub at the retreat center, and exploring nature and the town of Taos.  

Save $200 on shared accommodations when you register by January 1, 2022. Learn more and register here:  https://truenaturetravels.com/retreats/yoga-us-jennifer/