FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017

Are you overwhelmed by the state of the world?


Do you want to bring more kindness into your life and the lives of others?


Are you ready to start or deepen your meditation practice?


“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection,” the Buddha said.


In this primarily silent retreat,  you will:
  • slow down
  • get in touch with the kindness that lives inside all of us
  • learn or deepen your meditation practice
  • practice compassion in movement
  • rest and rejuvenate
  • learn take home tools you can use to support yourself in your daily life
  • eat delicious, vegetarian, mostly organic, meals
  • spend time learning in and from nature

Maitri, or lovingkindess, is a practice for cultivating gentle friendliness towards oneself and others. Come practice and explore this transformative practice through movement, meditation, journaling, discussion and silence.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and experienced yoga and meditation students.

The retreat is located at the beautiful Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island, and you can enjoy over 7 hours of practice and plenty of time for down time and time to simply be.yoga-lodge-studio        p1010007

Please bring the book Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzburg to support your retreat experience. You are welcome to read this book beforehand or savor it for the retreat.

This retreat is also offered by donation. The registration cost only covers the expenses of the retreat, and supporting the teacher is not included in your registration co
st. Opportunity to offer the teacher compensation will be a part of this retreat experience.



img_0607Check out what students are saying: 
“I’ve been a fan of Laura’s for a long time and was so excited last Fall when I signed up for her Whidbey Island retreat. My excitement soon turned to fear when I realized that the retreat would include over 24 hours of silence. I nearly cancelled my registration. I’m SO glad I didn’t! I’m a huge extrovert and really didn’t think I would enjoy the time of silence, but I could not have been more wrong. Truly! I *loved* the freedom and calming effect that not have to make small talk allowed. It was a revolutionary weekend for me. So much so that my 50th birthday celebration week included 24 hours of alone time for myself. I’m super excited to go back this year!”

“I thought your retreat struck a balance between structured and unstructured activities. The sessions were so stimulating that I appreciated the down time to take a walk, read or just be. Tonight, I found myself smiling as I lay waiting for the nidra session to begin. I feel like the light bulb inside me turned on. And when I came to the being in the rainforest it was a being of light. So, I think the serenity I have found here is something I will be able to take home-reminding myself at less peaceful times of that glorious light within.”

Friday, February 10
3:30-4:30: Arrive and check in
4:30-6:30: Opening Circle and Practice
6:30-8: Dinner
8-8:45: Discussion of Noble Silence

Saturday, February 11
Saturday, February 13
7-8:30: Practice
8:30-9:30: Breakfast
9:30-10:30: Sitting and walking meditation
10:30-12: Free time
12-1: Yoga Nidra with lovingkindness focus
1-2: Lunch
2-4: Free time
4-5: Sitting and walking meditation
5-6:30: Practice
6:30-8: Dinner
8-8:45: Meditation and Chanting

Sunday, February 12
7-8:30: Practice
8:30-10: Breakfast
10-11:30: Practice and Closing Circle
12:30: Lunch
1:30: Check out

Registration Fees:
Lodge (triple or quad): $449 + dana*
Staying off-site: $299 + dana*



*What is dana?
Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Registration fees for retreats cover food, facilities, transportation, and other expenses. None of this money goes directly to the teachers. There will be an opportunity to contribute at the end of the retreat.

According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. The Buddha created a system to develop this quality of open-handedness whereby those who share the teachings are dependent on those who receive them.
Information from Spirit Rock.

Send in your registration form with your payment.
Registration Form

Make checks payable to:
Rainier Beach Yoga
Mail to:
Rainier Beach Yoga
8311 48th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Cancel before 1/10/17 your registration will be refunded minus $50. Cancel after 1/10/17  your registration will be refunded minus $50 ONLY if your space can be filled. There are no refunds on or after 2/10/17.

Ferry costs and massage not included.
Ferry times: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Massage Therapists
Anastasia Brencick MA, LMP. 360-221-8415, http://anastasiabrencick.com/contact-me/
Sari Spieler, LMP 360-331-3572 slspieler@whidbey.com
Susan Berg, LMP 360-678-6374 SusanRogersBerg@gmail.com
Lynne Donnelly, CST, EFTCert-II. (360) 544-8445,  Lynne@Lynne.org
Shirley Jantz, Energy wellness and Qigong 360-221-6296 2herons@whidbey.net
Moon Dickson, LMP 360-320-2484 moon.dickson@gmail.com
Whidbey Massage Guild. whidbeyislandmassage.com. Contact Kim Rossi for group bookings at: 360-221-2250 or 206-832-6021

*Please note you can not receive massage on-site at the Yoga Lodge. You will have to go directly to the massage therapist’s location.*

Email: info@rainierbeachyoga.com
Phone: (206) 946-8565

“Thank you for holding this exceptionally enlightening and powerful retreat. It was not what I expected after having attended a retreat last year. I overlooked the ‘meditation’ component and assumed it was like my last retreat, an add-on. But you gave me something powerful and I am so much stronger and healthier emotionally and physically because of it and you. I am grateful to you and your gifts.”
-Maya. retreat participant

“I am dealing with a lot of anger and rage. This retreat gave me a useful tool for my toolkit, but more importantly a gentle path through. It is like I was given a map for my journey.”
-Michelle, retreat participant