with Samantha Ostergaard and Do-On Robert Thomas
September 4-7, 2014 (Thursday-Sunday)
Mindfulness of the body as the gateway to inner stillness and freedom.
Join us as we deeply nourish ourselves by becoming intimate with the moment-to-moment experience of our bodies, cultivating the fundamental Zen practice of mindfulness as open awareness. Together we will discover how mindfulness of the body is the gateway to realizing our interconnectedness with everything around us. The yoga practice will focus on aliveness in the present moment within the flow of poses and a settled stillness in restorative postures. Coupled with the expansive yet grounding practice of Zen Buddhist meditation, you will leave reinvigorated, ready to engage in your life with a more agile, flexible, open mind and body.
No experience necessary, everyone welcome!
Samantha and Robert have put together a marvelous, inspiring, thoughtful retreat that really integrates body and mind in extended periods of yoga practice and meditation. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and came home feeling fully renewed, relaxed, and with a panoply of new ways to approach both meditation and yoga. The balance of different intensities of yoga, zazen and outdoor meditation, dharma talks, and free time, was perfect, and the Tassajara setting idyllic.
As retreat leaders, Samantha and Robert's two styles complement each other superbly - they're by turns serious and entertaining, as well as responsive, knowledgeable, compassionate and kind. This was reflected in the diverse group of people who attended the retreat, all of whom were personable, interesting, and lovely folks with whom to share a weekend.
- E., UC Berkeley doctoral student and teacher Retreat fee:
Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. Retreats begin late afternoon on the indicated start date and end in the morning on the indicated end date. Visit the Rooms & Rates
section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online.
Samantha Ostergaard’s yoga teaching is deeply influenced by the transformational three years she spent living and practicing at Tassajara. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga for 20 years and teaching it for 9 years, and specializes in therapeutic yoga for back and neck pain. Samantha is a licensed acupuncturist with a private practice in San Francisco.
Do-On Robert Thomas
Do-On Robert Thomas is a Zen priest and teacher with Dharma Transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. His teaching is focused on helping people extend the deeply grounded yet expansive awareness of Zen meditation into the activities of daily life. He is also a visiting Dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM.