Program Details

Embodied Listening

with David Rome & Hope Martin
April 5 / 7:00 PM - April 7 / 6:00 PM

Experience living more fully and comfortably in your body through the Alexander Technique. This powerful body-awareness work led by Hope Martin cultivates ease, balance and non-striving. It relieves tension and pain by bringing about proper alignment and increases awareness of unconscious holding patterns in the body, teaching the subtle, counter-intuitive skill of how to let them go. It is tremendously helpful for people doing sitting meditation--Hope adjusts each participant several times during sessions of mindfulness-awareness practice (for which basic instruction is provided)--but the principles can be applied to any activity. 

Access your “felt sense”--the intuitive wisdom of the body--with the practice of Mindful Focusing. Led by David Rome, this contemplative technique puts you in touch with the subtle ways your body holds and "knows" all that occurs in your life. Recognizing non-conceptual felt senses and developing a mindful, friendly relationship with them invites intuitive discernment that can bring resolution to problems that have resisted deliberate efforts at change, releasing fresh insight, energy and action steps.

This program is highly experiential, within a safe, supportive and caring environment. It includes periods of meditation, short presentations by the retreat leaders, guided body awareness including gentle hands-on instruction, felt sense exercises, one-on-one listening partnerships and group discussion.


David Rome and Hope Martin have been teaching together for ten years. Both are qualified Focusing Trainers as well as Buddhist meditation teachers. David served as private secretary to Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and now teaches Mindful Focusing. Hope has taught the Alexander Technique for 25 years, trains teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.


To learn more about Hope and David’s work, read the article Are You Listening? from the Shambhala Sun.

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