Deliberate Stillness Retreat 2017

Muir Beach, CA, United States

David Moreno
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18 reviews
Jun 18 - 18, 2017
Group size: 1 - 27
Deliberate Stillness Retreat 2017
Muir Beach, CA, United States

David Moreno
  • Email address verified
18 reviews

Jun 18 - 18, 2017
Group size: 1 - 27

About this trip

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.

This year I will be sharing this retreat with Buddhist teacher, friend, and student, Matthew Brensilver. I am honored and delighted to share this event with this seasoned practitioner. 

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.

Your Organizer

David Moreno
18 reviews
David Moreno, ERYT 500, YACEP, SFT, has taught at international yoga conferences, festivals, universities, and teacher trainings worldwide. He has worked privately with students in the fashion and entertainment industries as well as professional athletes. Among those athletes taught include the U.S. Olympic Men’s Swim team coaches for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He has worked as a product advisor and ambassador for the Canadian Athletica Company, Lululemon, is a certified Pilates instructor, Somatic Fitness Trainer and, an ordained minister. His yoga commentaries have been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, LA Yoga Magazine, and Common Ground. His dance criticism and reviews are featured Culture Vulture. David is also the creator and producer for Yoga DVDs, electronic books, Yoga Nidra downloads, and subscription yoga classes for Yoga Vibes. He is known for his keen sense of humor, making his teachings fun and informative. David lives in San Francisco, CA.


My experience with David is always magical. I will cross seven continents to be part of his workshops. The accommodations in Italy were lovely. Love you!
Wonderful trip and accommodations! Tuscany was beautiful!
This review is on behalf of me, and Carol Asher: Jordan: Amazing country with wonderfully friendly, welcoming people. Highlights: Wadi Rum and Petra (although the entire trip was fantastic), and the FOOD, FOOD FOOD was delicious; a camel ride to see the sunset and a donkey ride through Petra -- what more could one ask for? We had a nice, small group of unique, interesting and flexible people who were easy to be with. David, the yoga guru and leader of the pack, even inspired me (someone who'd never done yoga) to get myself up to do yoga EVERY MORNING! Lovely Raya was truly a ray of sunshine and worked tirelessly to meet our every need (she even insisted I use her yoga mat). A truly unique journey. Thank you David. Highly recommended!
We had a fantastic journey. David and Raya put together an amazing itinerary. Petra was for me the highlight, but every day had new wonders to experience, including exploring the remarkably intact Roman city of Jerash, buried under the sands for millennia and only recently excavated; looking out over the Holy Land as Moses did from Mt Nebo, at the intersection of Syria, Golan Heights, Israel and the Sea of Galilee, Lebanon and Jordan; the serene green oasis of Ma'in Hot Springs, with natural hot waterfalls feeding the swimming pool, staying in luxe Bedouin tents and riding camels in the stunning Wadi Rum Desert; swimming/floating in the Dead Sea while staying in a grand spa hotel and visiting the very place where John the Baptist dwelt in a cave and baptized his followers, including Jesus. David's daily yoga instruction was a wonderful centerpiece of the trip, quickly bringing us together as a group, and helping us recover quickly from the rigors of travel. The food and hospitality were fantastic everywhere we went. The food alone makes Jordan a worthwhile destination. Our guides George and Ra'ed were very knowledgeable, warm and helpful. The drivers were top-notch, as was the support team from Karma Tours. Our group came together quickly and well. We all really enjoyed each other's company throughout. David was not only an excellent yoga teacher, he was a great leader and friend. And Raya was an incomparable host and companion, sharing the best of her country with generosity, warmth and heart. Thanks to all who made this the trip of a lifetime.
Wow, Wow, Wow, what more can be said of the specular Petra, the goofiness of attempting to swim in the Dead Sea, combined with Yoga, new friends and the wonderful spirit of Yogi David. Namaste. John
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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.
By Marlowe Kent, Berkeley on Nov 08, 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.
By Ceri, Dallas on 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...
By Kevin, Seattle on Oct 12, 2016
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