Program Details

Embodied Listening: Unbinding the Body, Finding the Felt Sense

with Hope Martin & David Rome
September 27 / 12:00 AM - September 29 / 12:00 AM

“I'm already getting a sense of what I'm feeling from a body perspective, and can see how that can drive insight and help me better handle personal, marital, and parenting challenges.” -Program Participant

Each person's way of being in the world has its own physical shape and felt qualities.  These unique patterns influence every moment of our lives—yet they are largely habitual and therefore unknown to us.  Embodied Listening is a powerful, multimodal approach to developing greater awareness, insight and empathy, both within ourselves and in our relationships with others. During this weekend you will:

Practice Mindfulness as the ground of being alive in every moment.

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 practice. The principles learned 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 brings intuitive insights and bodily-felt releases of blocked energy. Mindful Focusing can be applied directly to the resolution of all kinds of immediate and long-term problems, relationship issues and creative challenges.

This program is highly experiential, within a 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, a senior fellow with the Garrison Institute, served as private secretary to Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and is working on a forthcoming book about Mindful Focusing. Hope has taught the Alexander Technique for more than 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 and visit their websites: Hope Martin Studio and Mindful Focusing.

Retreat begins at 7:30pm, September 27 (join us for dinner at 6:30) and ends on September 29th at 4 pm, followed by a short reception for those who are able to stay.

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