Embodied Listening: Unbinding the Body, Finding the Felt Sense

with Hope Martin and David Rome

September 27 - 29, 2013

“I'm already getting a sense of what I'm feeling from a body perspective, and can see how that can drive insight and help me better handle personal, marital, and parenting challenges.” -Program Participant

Each person's way of being in the world has its own physical shape and felt qualities.  These unique patterns influence every moment of our lives—yet they are largely habitual and therefore unknown to us.  Embodied Listening is a powerful, multimodal approach to developing greater awareness, insight and empathy, both within ourselves and in our relationships with others. During this weekend you will:

Practice Mindfulness as the ground of being alive in every moment.

Experience living more fully and comfortably in your body through the Alexander Technique. This powerful body-awareness work led by Hope Martin cultivates ease, balance and non-striving. It relieves tension and pain by bringing about proper alignment and increases awareness of unconscious holding patterns in the body, teaching the subtle, counter-intuitive skill of how to let them go. It is tremendously helpful for people doing sitting meditation--Hope adjusts each participant several times during sessions of mindfulness practice. The principles learned can be applied to any activity. 

Access your “felt sense”--the intuitive wisdom of the body--with the practice of Mindful Focusing. Led by David Rome, this contemplative technique puts you in touch with the subtle ways your body holds and "knows" all that occurs in your life. Recognizing non-conceptual “felt senses” and developing a mindful, friendly relationship with them brings intuitive insights and bodily-felt releases of blocked energy. Mindful Focusing can be applied directly to the resolution of all kinds of immediate and long-term problems, relationship issues and creative challenges.

This program is highly experiential, within a supportive and caring environment. It includes periods of meditation, short presentations by the retreat leaders, guided body awareness including gentle hands-on instruction, felt sense exercises, one-on-one listening partnerships and group discussion.


David Rome and Hope Martin have been teaching together for ten years. Both are qualified Focusing Trainers as well as Buddhist meditation teachers. David, a senior fellow with the Garrison Institute, served as private secretary to Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and is working on a forthcoming book about Mindful Focusing. Hope has taught the Alexander Technique for more than 25 years, trains teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.

To learn more about Hope and David’s work, read the article Are You Listening? from the Shambhala Sun and visit their websites: Hope Martin Studio and Mindful Focusing.

Retreat begins at 7:30pm, September 27 (join us for dinner at 6:30) and ends on September 29th at 4 pm, followed by a short reception for those who are able to stay.


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $410
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program. If you are able to pay the full price, please consider doing so as it will allow us to offer financial assistance to participants who truly cannot otherwise afford to attend.

Base Price: $350
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for more than 25 years in the United Sates and abroad and maintains a lively private practice teaching individuals and groups. She is a Senior Teacher training Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for 10 years. Hope operates Hope Martin Studio www.hopemartinstudio.com in New York CityShe is a Meditation Instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing Trainer. Hope is a close student of Pema Chodron's and has been her cook and attendant for many years. 


About David Rome

David Rome has been teaching mindfulness-awareness practices since the 1970s, when he worked closely with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in establishing Buddhism in the West through the Shambhala International organizations and Naropa University. In his later work as president of Schocken Books and in executive roles with the Greyston Foundation and the Garrison Institute he has focused on applications of contemplative methods in personal and social change. He is a certified senior Focusing trainer and now devotes his time to teaching, writing and coaching based on Mindful Focusing, his unique synthesis of Eastern and Western contemplative practices. Shambhala Publications will issue his book on Mindful Focusing in 2014.

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