Softening the Heart Retreat, July 2020

Claverack, NY, USA

5 reviews
Jul 17 - 19, 2020
Group size: 10 - 26
Softening the Heart Retreat, July 2020
Claverack, NY, USA

5 reviews

Jul 17 - 19, 2020
Group size: 10 - 26

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 by 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 and soul. 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:

- an exploration of movement (Yang) and stillness (Yin), as well as breathing practices, to 

elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being;

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

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All meals
  • Transportation
    Travel insurance

Available Packages

Single room
Available until Jul 12, 2020only 3 left
Double room
Available until Jul 12, 202010 left

The room has 2 single beds.

Quad room
Available until Jul 12, 20204 left

This room has 4 single beds. Women only.



Arrival day

from 3 pm: check-in

6:00 pm: dinner

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

Silence begins

Your Organizer

Marije Paternotte
5 reviews
Marije Paternotte 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 teaches yoga workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings around the world. Marije is a guest teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts and the Mandali Retreat Center in Italy.


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.
Everything about this experience, from Marije to the Won Dharma Center was absolute perfection. The Center is in such a lovely, peaceful place. Great walking trails. The food is quite delicious. The energy that surrounds you here puts you at ease immediately. Marije is so knowledgeable and gracious, with a calming presence she creates a retreat that is unforgettable. I have used many of the things I learned there since. Thank you Marije and Won Dharma for taking such good care of me:)
The yin yoga teacher training with Marije was an outstanding experience as it was both a very personal as well as insightful journey. Marije is very knowledgable and I truly enjoyed all the science-backed background information she offered as well as her skillful teaching which allowed us to teach with confidence by the end of this training.
A quiet, introspective weekend in a beautiful locale. Program was well organized and I came away with a better understanding of myself through meditation techniques and gentle movement. Accommodations were modern, clean, and spartan. Food was delicious. I would highly recommend this retreat weekend.
Marije is a very gifted teacher and this retreat was a profound experience in a short amount of time. Her scaffolding of silent meditations, yin yoga and walking meditations, along with a few "exercises" to increase our capacities to listen authentically to others, culminated in a gratitude exercise that was intense, personal, and deeply moving. Can not say enough positive things about having a chance to experience Marije as a teacher of yin, of meditation, and of becoming still and connecting both within and to others. Won Dharma is a sweet place, austere and modern, supporting contemplation. The food was simple but well prepared and the atmosphere supported us.
By Eden Graber for Softening the Heart on Apr 17, 2018

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