An Art of Life Retreat at Mount Madonna Center
Perception, Reflection, and Action
August 25 – August 27 | Mount Madonna Retreat Center, Watsonville CA.
About our retreat
Embark on a transformative journey with the Art of Life Institute at the Mount Madonna Center. We invite you to an engaging retreat designed to kindle personal growth and inspire self-realization through a blend of mindful yoga and leading-edge decision science. Experience yoga and cultivate space for introspection on your values, goals, and choices. As we harmonize mind and body, we will explore principles of decision making, strengthening your knowledge and confidence to take intentional, values-driven action in your life. Embrace this unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of both your inner self and the decisions that shape your world.
445 Summit Road, Watsonville, California
3pm on Friday, August 25 to 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 27, 2023
We suggest a donation of $350 for the event, which contributes to the Art of Life Institute's programming. However, feel free to adjust your contribution as you see fit. Please note, registration is required for all attendees with a minimum donation of $25 to support the event.
Step 1 - Event Registration
Step 2 - Lodging
Register for lodging and meals at the Mount Madonna Center: Arrange lodging and meals via the Mt. Madonna registration site at akash.mountmadonna.org
If you have any question about lodging, please contact the Mount Madonna Center at: 408-846-4090
“One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion"
Simone de Beauvoir
Tamar trained in Viniyoga Foundations Program at the American Viniyoga Institute. She received an MBA from the Foster School at the University of Washington, a certificate in Decision Education at Stanford University, and is pursuing her masters in counseling at Palo Alto University. She also completed programs at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and in Full Body Systems at the Functional Nutrition Lab. She is interested in helping people live life to the fullest by seeking clarity of thought about values, goals, and decisions amidst the uncertainties that we face. She leverages the latest from scientific literature on health and well-being.
Originally trained at the Mount Madonna Yoga Center in CA and with Kathleen Hunt at Samadhi Yoga in Seattle, Heather continues her inquiry practice in Relational Presence work with Ko Darlington. She leads classes at the Ballard Health Club, the Seattle Tennis Club, and The Art of Life Institute, co-leading retreats with Tracy Hodgeman. Heather is inspired by working with the 3 Principles Life Coach Lori Peterson. She also follows medical intuitive and energy healers, weaving into her yoga sessions an understanding of how thoughts and mind states influence our energy in the subtle body. The wisdom she gains from working with elders and her three high-energy boys expands her awareness of more profound well-being within us, regardless of circumstances and conditions.
Tracy holds teaching certificates from The Ashtanga Yoga School, 8 Limbs Yoga Centers (200 and 500 hours), and Yoga Tune Up. She teaches with humor and compassion, creating a safe and noncompetitive environment where people are encouraged to uncover their own brilliance and begin to recognize themselves as the unique beings they truly are. She began teaching in 1995. Her earliest influences are Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. With time, she has moved beyond linear, masculine, and often relatively rigid styles of asana. She leans into more gentle and subtle breath and movement modalities that help increase general positive body awareness, deep core stability, and vibrant well-being.
Eric received his MD and PhD at Stanford University. In his doctoral work, he focused on models of bounded rationality and principles for making ideal decisions under uncertainty in time-critical, high-stakes domains like trauma care. He is a co-founder of the Decision Education Foundation and serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
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