Shape of Awake Deepening Retreat [hybrid]

with Hope Martin

April 29th—May 1st

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  • $200.00 Program Price
  • $275.00 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford
Room: Decatur

The first half of this Deepening Retreat will be accessible by Zoom. See details below.

This retreat is open to those who just attended Embodied Warrior in the World or have attended retreats with Hope in the past. Revisiting the process is what keeps it alive! You might be surprised how accessible it is, even if it’s been years. Your body remembers even if you think you don’t. 

We will review the mechanics of balanced upright and then deepen and integrate the practice. Letting go of excessive tension our nervous systems settle. That provides a powerful foundation for navigating the challenges of this time of uncertainty and change, and for being with pain. The Alexander process brings a quality of being that is expansive, balanced, and open. It is the shape of equanimity. When strong emotions or anxiety arise, abiding in our body, free of protective holding patterns, allows access to our fundamental presence which can meet all aspects of our experience.

Principles of Focusing will also be introduced to help loosen our habitually stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the body’s holding patterns.

In addition to meditation practice, the program will include periods of silence, experiential exercises, instruction on basic body mechanics and alignment, humor, a Pema Chodron video, as well as gentle hands-on work from the instructor to help release unnecessary tension.

Prerequisites: Embodied Warrior in the World Weekend April 26-28

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Other Shape of Awake program with Hope Martin

Hope Martin, a Master Teacher of the Alexander Technique, has taught the practice for 37 years, trained Alexander teachers for over two decades at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor, a Focusing trainer and has been a close student of Pema Chodron for over 30 years. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. To learn more about Hope’s work visit

Participants can attend all 3 days (April 29 - May 1) or individual days. The cost per day is $75, half days are $40 and $200 for all 3 days.

If doing less than the full 3 days, please put the amount in the 'pay what you can afford' section, and note the day or days you will be attending.

This retreat is hybrid for both sessions on Monday and the Tuesday morning session. Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday are in person only. When you register you will receive a link. Please attend in person if at all possible. Please note how you plan to attend (in person or on Zoom) when you register.

You can also join us for the whole 5 days which is highly recommended! This deepening retreat comes after the weekend Embodied Warrior in the World.

 “What I learned in the retreat was immediately useful and very interesting. Hope helped our group experience the truth of ‘embodied wisdom.’ She was warm, compassionate, grounded, professional, and deeply informed. Her approach to the body perfectly parallels the compassionate self-observation we are engaged in as meditators.”

 — Celena Matsen

Limited scholarships available for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Email Lisa Federico [email protected] for more information.