Softening the Heart Retreat, September 2019

Claverack, NY, USA

6 reviews
Sep 20 - 22, 2019
Group size: 10 - 25
Softening the Heart Retreat, September 2019
Claverack, NY, USA

6 reviews

Sep 20 - 22, 2019
Group size: 10 - 25

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
Sold Out
Double room
8 left

The room has 2 single beds.

Quad room
only 3 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
6 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.


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 12 Apr, 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 18 Jan, 2020
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:)
By Audra J for Softening the Heart Retreat, September 2019 on 02 Dec, 2019
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.
By Claudia N for 75-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training Thailand - 2019 on 05 Nov, 2019
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.
By Martha M for Softening the Heart Retreat, April 2019 on 17 Apr, 2019
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