Jonathan Foust

October 30, 2009

Back from Retreat

Filed under: Photography — jonathanfoust @ 6:04 pm
The gardens at Seven Oaks.

The productive gardens at Seven Oaks retreat center.

I’m just back from the IMCW week-long retreat at Seven Oaks.  Seven days of silent practice.  I’m a bit bleary, but inspired.  I was up at 5:45 to lead morning yoga and each day I was fully engaged.  Mornings were filled with back to back interviews and I did a dharma talk, led a metta meditation and afternoon yoga. I’d fall into bed each night pretty spent.

I’ll have links to the talks and possibly a number of my movement classes available in the near future.

We had 67 yogis for the weekend and 43 who stayed on for the whole week.  It takes a special kind of maniac to sit for a week of silent practice.  I have to say this was an inspiring collection of maniacs.

We had over 30 people turned away for this retreat so if you’re interested in the five-day New Year’s Retreat coming up at the end of December, you might want to register now.  We’ll have a repeat gathering of the teachers:  Tara Brach, Pat Coffey, Hugh Byrne and myself.



  1. It was indeed a very special week with much healing. Thank you for your contributions.



    Comment by Colin — October 31, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    • A powerful week indeed. I tried to get a decent shot of the oak, but the light was awful the last two days.

      Blessings to you, Colin!

      Comment by jonathanfoust — October 31, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Great retreat. The yoga gave my body and mind the energy to sit for hours every day. The body scan always brought me to relaxed awareness. I highly recommend it. Jonathan is a highly skilled teacher.


    Comment by Gary — November 1, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

    • Thanks for the kind words, Gary. It’s always inspiring to share a retreat with you. I find the yoga helps immeasurably, if nothing else, to root out the deeper seated tensions and help cultivate the space for deeper quiet. I’m glad we can incorporate this into the flow for the week.

      Comment by jonathanfoust — November 4, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

  3. Im still sore!

    Comment by steve z — November 5, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  4. Jonathan, your yoga took me to a very special place: it reminded me just how much I love Kripalu yoga. No advanced postures, no need to have perfect alignment, no need to be better/stronger/more flexible/perfect. I am REALLLLLY happy to give all that up. I’ve done my yoga practice every day since I’ve returned. I have not been able to do this for years. This is a blessing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. That is a true gift.

    Also the body scans and the one day of noticing all the space in my body had a huge impact on me, and still do (I can’t believe all the space in this body! And how much I can feel in the soles of my feet!).

    With much metta,

    Comment by Lori Ahrenstein — November 10, 2009 @ 11:18 am

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