November 30th to December 3rd, 2023

Embodied Life Retreat

San Rafael, California (Santa Sabina Center)

Deepening into Gratitude and Forgiveness

With Russell and Linda Delman

In all Embodied Life retreats we work with three main forms:
sitting and walking meditation
Feldenkrais® and Standing movements
Guided Awareness Inquires.
The meditation is based on the Zen practice of "just siting", the movement lessons are gentle, brilliant explorations of "Awareness Through Movement"®, based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and Guided Inquiry which includes a variety of awareness practices based in the focusing work of Eugene Gendlin.


Cultivating the Field of Gratitude is an essential practice in the Embodied Life teachings.

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you', that would suffice"
-Meister Eckhart

When we pay attention, we might notice that each day offers many touching moments that can be experienced and re-experienced, creating a neutral network for gratitude. Many of us have had a special moment memory that we re-lived over and over in our lives, and often it can become more and more life-giving. This life-giving quality comes from how we receive our life moments.

Gratitude is the simplest, most reliable way to invite positivity into our hearts. The life - and health-giving effects of gratitude are inestimable.


"Forgiveness is choosing love. It is the first skill of self-giving love"
-Mahatma Gandhi

"Forgiveness heals the World. To understand all is to forgive all" - Anonymous

Forgiveness of self and others is often the key ingredient for letting go of "unfinished business" that we are carrying from the past. Forgiveness heals all parties and brings goodness into the world. Sometimes forgiveness requires steps and stages, sometimes it can be sudden. Deep, warm-hearted listening can never be forced, it must be invited. Forgiveness comes from a heart that is opening. Forgiveness is a strong yet tender act that leads to freedom.

We will experience practices that invite this capacity so that we can go forward with a lightened, more open heart.

We gather Thursday evening after dinner. Each day begins with meditation followed by breakfast and a break. We practice silence during this time. There are morning and afternoon sessions, which consist of movement lessons, talks and other explorations to support your practice. Ample breaks are provided for rest, reading, walks and contemplation. An evening meditation completes each day. The retreat concludes with lunch on Sunday.

Please join us for a restorative and, possibly, transformative weekend

Russell and Linda

"Human transformation requires the movement from fear to love as our basic operating principle. Presence is the door, Embodiment is the key"

Russell Delman began to study Zen meditation and somatic psychology in 1970 as undergraduate student in psychology. His training and personal relationship with Moshe Feldenkrais began in 1975, and he has since helped train more than 2500 Feldenkrais teachers all over the world. In recent years, Russell's close friendship with Eugene Gendlin ("Focusing") has strongly influenced his work. Other powerful influences include Non-Violent Communication and his work with Mother Theresa in India. Russell and Linda offer Seminars, Retreats and a three year mentorship program the The Embodied Life™ School.

Linda Evans Delman has been an international consultant and educator in the fields of Psychology, Conscious Movement, and Spirituality for over 30 years. She trained directly with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. She has been deeply influenced by Spacial™Dynamics, Eurythmy, Meditation, Prayer and Mother Nature. She joined the faculty of The Embodied Life School in 2015.

Date:   November 30th to December 3rd, 2023 (Thursday to Sunday)
Time: 6:00pm (Thu) - 12:00pm (Sun)
Location: Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael, California

*Covid Information: please refer to the Santa Sabina Center website Santa Sabina Center

Tuition: Sliding scale between $225-$395

Lodging (includes all meals): Single $600, Double $525 per person, Commuter $450

A deposit in the amount of lodging will hold your space. Lodging and tuition must be paid in full one month prior to the retreat.

To register: click here.

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