110 Delgado Street Suite D, Santa Fe NM 87501

505-982-4183

Awakening to Life in Transition


WHEN: 
October 27 - 29 2017

TIME: 
10:30am to 12:30pm


WHERE: 
Land of the Medicine Buddha retreat center in the Soquel hills

5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, California, 95073, USA



















In the natural flow of life we will pass through many transitions—involving changes in our family, work, living situation, community, health and sense of identity. These
transitions often bring us face to face with the harsh reality of loss and grief, of how
vulnerable we really are, of living in an aging body-- and of our inescapable appointment with death. We can resist these transitions or we can learn to flow with them. Working with them, we can learn how to open up a space for the universal to inspire and transform our daily lives.


For all of us going through transition in our lives, this retreat is an opportunity and an
invitation to awaken to life more fully in this moment, to trust life flowing through us with all its challenges and gifts. Instead of reacting to these changes with anxiety and fear, we can discover at our source a deep sense of peace and well-being.
In this workshop, we will:


  • bring our attention to our bodies so we inhabit them more fully and listen to their needs as we deal with the stress of change


  • learn to soften the belly, let go of control, and trust the guidance of a deeper wisdom from within us


  • embrace (without feeling overwhelmed) unattended grief that inhibits our capacity to feel fully alive and to keep our hearts open


  • work with the breath and subtle energies of the body that connect us to vast reservoirs of energy to investigate, explore and challenge our fears so we no longer contract from the discomfort, pain and anxiety that change can bring


  • learn methods for staying present in times of transition in order to respond creatively as needed and to make healthy decisions


We will use Buddhist mindfulness and powerful breath practices along with guided meditations and psychotherapeutic approaches that help us awaken, heal and feel more fully alive.
As a group we will collectively flow in and out of silence utilizing awareness to anchor itself with the breath while mindfulness is directed toward our body and communication.
If you are experiencing transitions, change or loss in your life and want resources to move through this more gracefully, this retreat is for you. There are no prerequisites in terms of meditation practice for attending this retreat—everyone is welcome.
The retreat is held on the beautiful grounds of the Land of the Medicine Buddharetreat center in the Soquel hills, where you will be free to walk miles of trails in the ancient redwoods, swim in the spring-filled pool, steam in the sauna, get a massage, and visit the various sacred sites.


$540 for double occupancy lodging all meals, and instruction
$100 extra for single occupancy
$434 for commuters, includes all meals
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place; space is limited
$50 early bird discount if signed up before Nov 1st 2016
Registration & Further Information:
Life Transition Meditation Center 505-982-4183 ext 2 or info@lifetransition.com



Alexandra Kennedy, MA MFT and Ralph Steele, MA MFT are both psychotherapists (with more than 80 years experience in the field between them—an inspiring team!) with private practices in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both meditated and trained with Stephen Levine and other seminal teachers in the 70s.
Alexandra has written three books on grief (Losing a Parent, The Infinite Thread and Honoring Grief), along with another book, How Did I Miss All This Before?, that explores her spiritual journey from a woman’s perspective.



Ralph founded the first Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Hospice training program at Northern New Mexico College and created Life Transition Therapy, a meditation based trauma center. His first book, Tending the Fire, explores his year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and Myanmar.