Deliberate Stillness Retreat 2016

  • Muir Beach, CA, United States
  • Nov 20 - 20, 2016
  • Trip Size: 1 - 30 people



Enter the green silence of kriya, pranayama, and meditation practiceS. Delve into Deep Flow Yoga and Yoga Nidra towards a replenished you. During free time, take a silent walk to the beach or through the fertile organic farm. Lunch will come from the lush gardens. This full day retreat is a gift to yourself, a chance to stretch both body and mind.

This Silent Day Long Retreat will move between asana practice and sitting or "abiding" practices. Asana will not only be designed to take us deeply into profound states of consciousness, but will also be designed to enable us to sit more effortlessly once hips and legs have been opened systematically.  Lunch and free time will also be done as a silent practice.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965

What's Included

Pranayama: Breathing Practice, Energetic Practice

Kriya: Usually means more of a cleansing or clearing practice. Some types of pranayama are considered Kriyas because of their specific affect.

Meditation: Mindfulness Practice. Various types of mindful meditation practices will be lead and will include Zen-styled walking practice.

Yoga Nidra: Guided Relaxation and Rejuvenating Meditation.

Asana: Physical Practice (Exercise) to open the Nadis or subtle body energetic pathways.

"Look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every person you meet - you just find your way between them."


Not Included

Overnight accommodations before or after the retreat can be arranged separately through Green Gulch Farm (415.383.3134).

For more details, contact David at:

Before You Go

Dress comfortably in layers. The yurt has an iron stove fire in it to keep us warm should we need. Fog can roll in even on the warmest days, or it might be sunny and warm throughout. Yoga props are available at the yurt but bringing your favorites also ensures your comfort.

I will send out an email to the participants the week before the retreat and encourage you to car pool if possible. Many of you wil be coming from the same areas.

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  • Nov. 29, 2016

    Michelle Grenier Michelle Grenier
  • Nov. 30, 2016

    Thank you, David, for a wonderful day. The Deliberate Stillness Retreat was a perfect introduction for my first all day yoga-mediation retreat. My wife had attended the previous year's retreat and this was her gift to me. I very much enjoyed the various forms of meditation and of course the yoga. Having the retreat at Green Gulch on a cool, rainy day served to enhance an already great experience. I am already looking forward to next year!

    Matt Reed Matt Reed
  • Nov. 30, 2016

    Amazing experience thanks to the combination of yoga and meditation and the expertise of David. Great location even with heavy rain and great food. I would do it again and would love to bring my husband with me.

    Heddy Riss Heddy Riss
  • Dec. 07, 2016

    Our day was spent exploring different techniques and approaches to meditation integrated with a variety of sessions of yoga practice. It was a really positive and (as always with David) fun way to revisit and refresh both my yoga and meditation practice. I highly recommend this retreat to others.

    Paul Schuette Paul Schuette
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    Truthfully, Jordan was not a region of the world I thought I'd be visiting, but I can't possibly describe how happy I am I said yes. David orchestrated such a safe, rich and rewarding experience in such a truly amazing place. The balance of daily asana practice with perfectly curated cultural experiences (Dead Sea! Petra!! Camel ride by starlight!!! Yoga in a Bedouin tent!!!!), and - ohmygawd - the food! There's not a day since my return that I haven't marveled at just how lucky I am to have been in the right place at the right time to receive all the gifts this trip offered...

    Amy, Oakland Amy, Oakland
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    My personal highlight of the trip was the famed Wadi Rum desert stay with an early morning camel ride with the Bedouins and an exquisite "glamping" private tent stay. Every moment was like a dream, steeped in age old history and beauty beyond explanation...

    Kevin, Seattle Kevin, Seattle
  • Oct. 12, 2016

    David's trip "Journey to Petra" was an unforgettable trip that was so much more than Petra. The community, the yoga, the food, the sights, the time spent walking the roads of ancient civilizations put so much of my daily life into better perspective. This was some combination of retreat and adventure in a land that holds history of mythic proportion. Seeing this part of the world was also a humbling experience that brought me compassion and understanding for past and present political, religious and social events. I am changed and I would do this Journey again in a heartbeat.

    Ceri, Dallas Ceri, Dallas
  • Nov. 08, 2016

    Abhimanyu (David,) I’m glad I waited to tell you about my experience in New Mexico, because I wasn’t aware of how much it would affect me now that I’ve returned to my “normal life.” There was a sadness that I think we all felt when we had to say goodbye to our magical alternate reality we shared, and you helped create for us, in those mountains full of deep wisdom. But since I left the retreat I’ve felt a return to something that I forgot, or missed within me. I’ve taken so many tools for my own spiritual practice from this that I honestly did not expect, I’m so grateful. And like Wolf said, “so inspired by you!” I feel a deep connection with everyone who shared this experience with me, and I think they would agree that this was a transformative experience, to say the least. I would sincerely encourage anyone to do something like this. Going into this I was in a particularly worn down place, emotionally, but yoga has allowed me to transcend that and be in the moment, and cultivate a practice, both spiritually and physically that is nothing short of amazing. Like my mom said, this is a turning point for me, and I didn’t even realize it at the time, but my practice is bolstered by, and draws upon the truly transformative experience I’ve had at the Jemez retreat. I am eternally grateful! THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, much love.

    Marlowe Kent, Berkeley Marlowe Kent, Berkeley