A Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Softening the HeartJuly 17 - 19, 2020
Won Dharma Center, Claverack (NY)

A Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat at the Won Dharma Center

July 17 – 19, 2020

This weekend retreat offers a break from fast-paced daily life and an opportunity to reconnect with your own heart.

Do you feel overwhelmed and depleted by trying to keep up with the demands of modern life?

Do you feel disconnected and forget to attent to yourself and those around you with genuine interest and concern?

Do you need to boost your immunity and overall health?

Do you need a break from social media, or simply want to spend a quiet weekend in nature?

Join this silent weekend retreat to reestablish a connection with your authentic self, to deeply rest, and to recharge your body and soul. As a path of growth and genuine happiness you will awaken to a heartfelt concern for yourself and others.

During this retreat Marije Paternotte will offer:

  • an exploration of movement (Yang) and stillness (Yin), as well as breathing practices, to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being;
  • exercises to develop self-observation without judgment and foster compassion, through writing, conscious communication, and Mindfulness meditation;
  • time to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding the Won Dharma Center, and to simply rest.

In order to comply with the New York state regulations for public health due to COVID-19 we have made the following arrangements:

  • retreat group size is limited to 20 participants
  • only single rooms will be available (doubles are available only for couples living in the same household)
  • everyone is requested to respect a 6-feet ‘social distance’ in the indoor spaces
  • face masks will be required to be worn indoors, except when on your mat/cushion for practice and seated for meals
  • enjoying your meals in the outdoor spaces is encouraged
  • everyone’s temperature will be take upon arrival. If you have a fever, or other symptoms that may indicate infection with COVID-19,  you will not be allowed to join the retreat.

Retreat location

Won Dharma Center

Conveniently located in a rural setting near New York City and Boston, the Won Dharma Center is set on 426 acres in Claverack in upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Surrounded by wooded foothills with a nearby brook, the retreat center is a serene natural setting for contemplation and renewal. A green community designed with sensitivity to nature and issues of Sustainable Design, the center consists of eco-friendly buildings designed to provide a tranquil and meditative atmosphere. The Won Dharma Center won the 2010 Design Award from Faith & Form / IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture.

Find more information about the Won Dharma Center here

Directions to the Won Dharma Center here

Retreat schedule

Friday July 17

3:00 pm onwards: check-in
6:00 pm: dinner
7:30 pm: Welcome session, Yin yoga and meditation
9:00 pm: End – Silence begins

Saturday July 18

7:30 am: Meditation
8:00 am: breakfast
9:30 am: Program session
12:30 pm: lunch
3:00 pm: Program session
5:30 pm: dinner
7:00 pm: Meditation
7:30 pm: end

Sunday July 19

7:30 am: Meditation
8:00 am: breakfast
9:30 am: Closing session – Silence ends
12:30 pm: check-out and lunch

Retreat rate per person

Single room: USD 610 / Double room: USD 550 (only for couples)


Rate includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation;
  • dinner on Friday and Saturday;
  • breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday;
  • tea and coffee throughout the retreat.

All meals are vegetarian.

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You may have questions about this silent retreat. Or you simply would like to get to know me a little bit before you book. I’d be happy to talk with you through Skype, or answer your questions by email.

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