Softening the Heart Retreat, December 2022

Claverack, NY, USA

Marije Paternotte
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9 reviews
Dec 2 - 4, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20
Softening the Heart Retreat, December 2022
Claverack, NY, USA

Marije Paternotte
  • Email address verified
9 reviews

Dec 2 - 4, 2022
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

This weekend retreat offers a break from fast-paced daily life and an opportunity to reconnect with your own heart. 

About this retreat

Do you feel overwhelmed and depleted? Are you trying to keep up with the demands of modern life? 

Do you feel disconnected and forget to attend to yourself and those around you with genuine interest and concern? 

Do you need to boost your immunity and overall health? 

Do you need a break from social media, or simply want to spend a quiet weekend in nature? 

Join this silent weekend retreat to reestablish a connection with your authentic self, to deeply rest, and to recharge your body, heart and mind.. As a path of growth and genuine happiness you will awaken to a heartfelt concern for yourself and others.

During this retreat Marije Paternotte will offer:

- exercises to develop self-observation without judgment and foster compassion, through writing, conscious communication, and Mindfulness meditation;

- an exploration of movement (Yang yoga) and stillness (Yin yoga), as well as breathing practices, to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being.

In order to comply with the New York state regulations for public health due to COVID-19 the Won Dharma Retreat Center has made the following arrangements:

  • retreat group size is limited to 20 participants;
  • all retreat participants need to be vaccinated, and provide proof of vaccination upon check-in, OR non-vaccinated guests will be asked to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 48 hours of arrival on site;
  • if booking a double room without a friend or family member, a negative Covid-test (taken no more than 48-hours prior to arrival) needs to be presented upon check-in;
  • everyone is requested to respect a 6-feet 'social distance' in the indoor spaces;
  • face masks are optional;
  • you will be required to sign a Covid Waiver Form upon check-in. If you have a fever, or other symptoms that may indicate infection with COVID-19,  you will not be allowed to join the retreat.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All meals

What’s not included

  • Transportation
    Travel insurance

Available Packages

Single room

One single bed. Each room has a sink. Showers and toilets are shared.

Double room

Two single beds. Each room has a sink. Showers and toilets are shared.

Quad Room -only when booked for 4 people

Four single beds. Bathroom is down the hall and shared.

Price is for 4 people.


Price is for the retreat and all meals, without accommodation.



Arrival day

from 3 pm: check-in

6:00 - 6:30 pm: dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm: Welcome session, Yin yoga and meditation 

Silence begins

Your Organizer

Marije Paternotte
9 reviews
Marije Paternotte is an experienced Insight Yoga and Meditation teacher. Marije (pronounce: "Mariah") was born and raised in Amsterdam where, after her training to be a professional ballet dancer, she studied law and worked as a corporate lawyer. A yoga retreat in Bali led her to the United States where she took her first yoga teacher training. She currently lives in a small beach town in New Jersey with her husband and two cats. She teaches yoga workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings around the world.


Excellent retreat. The site is beautiful with wonderful food. Marije is a great meditation guide. Can't wait to be there again.
By Preston L for Softening the Heart Retreat, December 2022 on Dec 06, 2022
What a life changer this weekend was- Marije is a phenomenal guide in both meditation and yoga, as a means to reconnect with yourself, the world around you, and what you want and need. By the end of the time, I was present, and participating with an eye toward my own joy - and even in this short time, was able to lift heavy burdens of judgement / criticism in my practice.
By Sean P for Softening the Heart Retreat, May 2022 on May 19, 2022
I followed the Elements workshop from Marije and I loved it. With her great knowledge she explained the first part of the workshop all about de 5 elements. How they connect to each other and how to notice an imbalance and how to balance the element. During the second part we did a lot of exercises related to each of the elements to balance them. Here nice way of speaking and explaining made this workshop soo much of an treat to me. She inspired me to be more aware of the elements during the day and really listen to my body what’s it telling me. Nice tools to balance my body. I really recommend this 5 element workshop.
By Bianca G for The Five Elements - online workshop on Dec 15, 2021
I met Marije a year ago on a Yoga-retreat, she made me fall in love with Yin Yoga. Five months later I joined her 75-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand. A 10-day-training in which I learned the practice of Yin Yoga, pranayama, mindfulness meditation and a whole lot more. I also learned a lot about myself, which was also very interesting. The way Marije teaches a class, a retreat or a training is really amazing: with calmness, fun, respect and love. She is very helpful and very organized. The training includes a very nice program with understandable theory and practice for everyone, to develop at their own pace and to become a Yin Yoga teacher. The training ends with an exam in practice and an exam in theory and of course a beautiful certificate. For me, it was a life-changing and unforgettable journey on an extremely beautiful island.
By Jelena K for 75-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Thailand - 2019 on Apr 12, 2020
This 75-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Marije was wonderful. Marije is very knowledgeable, well organized, and fully present. The structure and sequence of the weekends was carefully and thoughtfully arranged in such a way that precisely on the last day the whole program literally jelled for me. The content and assignments insured us all to be a prepared teacher to walk off and teach with confidence. Highly recommend this class.
By Joanna C for 75-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training New Jersey - Fall 2019 on Jan 18, 2020
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