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"Heart Wisdom" A Residential Retreat with John & Christiane Prendergast

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IONS Earthrise Retreat Center

101 San Antonio Rd

Petaluma, CA 94952

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"Heart Wisdom"


A Residential Retreat with John & Christiane Prendergast

September 8-10, 2017


Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California



We’re delighted to invite you to join us for this weekend retreat at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in the rolling coastal hills of California, a half-hour drive north of San Francisco!


Retreat theme: During this retreat, through meditation, dialogues, partnered inquiry, body sensing and a form of Kashmiri yoga, we will uncover and attune with Heart wisdom - that wakeful awareness which is both loving and wise which is inherent within each of us in the core of our Being.

Retreat site: IONS Earthrise Retreat Center has a beautiful campus in the hills South of Petaluma, on the Marin-Sonoma county line. The food is delicious, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and peaceful walking trails in nature abound. Please check out their website for directions and further information: http://www.noetic.org/earthrise/plan/information

Retreat schedule: Registration is from 10-noon on Friday. Lunch will be our first meal, followed by our first group meeting at 1:30 pm.. We end immediately after lunch on Sunday. We will be in silence (other than during meeting times) beginning at 1:30 Friday afternoon through Sunday morning after breakfast, in order to provide space for quiet reflection and stillness.

Food: The food at IONS, mostly organic and locally grown, is both nutritious and delicious. The kitchen is able to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs and preferences. We will send you a dietary questionnaire two weeks before the retreat for any special food requirements that you may have.

Retreat timeline and important details:


Friday, September 8th:

10 am - 12 pm Register and settle in*

12 pm - 1 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 8:45 pm Retreat program

Saturday, September 9th:

7am**- 8:45 pm Retreat program

Sunday, September 10th:

7 am**- 1 pm Retreat ends with lunch at noon

*Please try to arrive and settle in by noon, so that we can share the lunchtime meal together.

**7 am is a "body approach" (Kashmiri Yoga taught by the European Advaita master, Jean Klein) session with Christiane. We stongly recommend that you attend regardless of age or flexibility. Breakfast is served at 8 am and morning sessions begin at 9:30 am. Lunch is served at noon, and dinner at 5:30pm.

What to expect: Since this is Northern California in September, days are usually warm and evenings tend to be cooler. Please bring layers. There will be time in the afternoons to get some fresh air and exercise, and valuable time to yourself.

If you are commuting, we highly encourage you to participate in the full program and to try to remain in "retreat mode" when offsite. There will be areas onsite where you can relax indoors during breaks.

What to bring:

  • ear plugs
  • weather-appropriate clothing
  • a yoga mat or blanket and comfortable, loose clothing for yoga
  • an open mind


What not to bring:

  • cell phones. Please leave them in your car or have them on airplane mode while you are on retreat. We encourage you to literally “unplug” from your emails, social media, browsers, and non-essential phone calls during the retreat. If you absolutely need to check your phone, please do so discreetly - preferably in the parking lot area.
  • candles or incense
  • fragrances


Cancellation policy: Retreatants will be able to receive 50% refund till August 25th, after that there will be no refunds.


We look forward to exploring and sharing together with you! If you have any questions regarding the retreat, feel free to email us at uli.ramon@gmail.com. We check this email address weekly and will get back to you in a timely way.

We hope you enjoy the remainder of Summer and look forward to being with you in September!


With a grateful heart,

John & Christiane


For more information about John: www.listeningfromsilence.com


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