Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat : The Four Immeasurables

Sarah and Ty Powers

January 4, 2015 - January 10, 2015


Entering the Silence with Sarah and Ty Powers  kalani retreat red road

Expanding the heart: living with love, compassion, joy and equanimity: Buddha activity in our everyday lives.

Join Sarah and Ty Powers for six days of silent inwardly drawn Yin/Insight yoga practice at Kalani Retreat Center, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Prerequisite: You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice and a strong interest in Mindfulness meditation before attending this retreat.

In this retreat we will practice yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. Our meditations will not only focus on concentration and investigation (Shamatha and Vipashyana), but will explore the compassionate practices often called the dwelling places of the gods, (Brahma Viharas or Immeasurables). These are the aspiration methods that allow us to envision living from our essence nature in interpersonal dynamics both toward ourselves, and others. We will develop a mood of Maitri or loving friendship toward experience and cultivate a caring attitude towards the human predicament as well as our intrinsic potential.

For the body we will engage in two long yoga sessions per day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an ease of being. For the heart and mind we will practice several mediation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving kindness.

To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat.

Please read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga and practice with one of her DVDs before attending.

About the Facilitator(s)

Sarah Powers 

Sarah Powers

Sarah began teaching in 1987. She is the co-founder of the Insight Yoga Institute with her husband Ty and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Qigong teachings. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature–a natural state of awareness.  She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and B. Alan Wallace. Sarah leads trainings and silent retreats with her husband Ty.

See detailed description of Insight Yoga coursework.

Ty Powers 

Ty Powers

Ty co-founded the Insight Yoga Institute and facilitates yoga and meditation retreats throughout the world with his wife Sarah. Ty has been practicing Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Dzogchen teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, psychospiritual teachers Jennifer Welwood and John Welwood, B. Alan Wallace, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and Jack Kornfield. He has also been influenced by many Spirit Rock teachers, most notably, Ajahn Amaro and completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader training program in 2003. Ty has taught daylong retreats at Spirit Rock and other Dharma centers on issues concerning cultural diversity. He is also a mentor to numerous men and women around the globe.


Workshop Fees

Greg will be handling the registration for this retreat and all participants must register through the link above. 

Check-in: Between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: After breakfast
Silence will begin after dinner on January 4th and be held until the afternoon of the day before departure. Short individual meetings (optional) can be scheduled with Sarah and Ty.

Lodge Room Single Occupancy - Private Bath $1900 (Deposit $500)
Lodge Room Double Occupancy - Private Bath $1600 (deposit $500)
Lodge Room Triple Occupancy - Private Bath $1300 (Deposit $500)
Lodge Room Single Occupancy - Shared Bath $1700 (Deposit $500)
Lodge Room Double Occupancy - Shared Bath $1400 (deposit $500)
Lodge Room Triple Occupancy - Shared Bath $1100 (Deposit $500)

Fees include workshop, mealsaccommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Prices subject to change without notice.