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The Wakeful Body — Grounding and Relaxing, Module 1

Lama Willa Miller
February 3, 2021 - March 10, 2021

Live Online

A six-week course, Wednesdays – Feb. 3 through March 10, 2021

10:00–11:30 am EST

All times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Please use this time-zone converter  to determine the start time at your home.

While we might think of a mortal coil, great masters of the past have taught that the body is the temple, a profound source of yogic wisdom. As the Hevajra Tantra, says “Great wisdom lives in the body”. This wisdom does not arise from our ideas and opinions about the body. It arises from the power of the body to draw us into the present moment, the domain of wakefulness and ease.

Join Lama Willa for a six-week online course enlivened with Buddhist textual sources and guided practice. Together we will explore the wakeful body as a domain of pilgrimage through the physical, energetic and cognizant dimensions of experience. This course is the first of 3 modules that will be offered in 2021 exploring the body as a teacher capable of bringing innate wisdom to fruition.

Participants will have an opportunity to

  • Learn to access the body’s innate wisdom
  • Learn a new meditation practice each week
  • Receive a weekly inspirational quotes from Buddhist textual sources for personal contemplation
  • Learn movements and postures that help enliven and deepen the practice of meditation
  • Develop independence and confidence in embodied contemplative practice

What to bring: A yoga mat and yourself.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the course begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Contact the registrar at retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org on Tuesday, Feb. 2 if you have not received the Zoom link.

The same Zoom link will be used each week, so you may want to save it in your calendar so that it is easily accessible. It will also be available in the dashboard of your user account beginning three days before the retreat begins.

PROGRAM COST – It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings and retreats because they are unable to pay the full cost. In order make our courses affordable for all who wish to attend, we are offering a three-level fee structure that takes into account people’s differing financial circumstances:

  • Benefactor – for those who can afford it, this fee level helps provide support for those with limited financial resources and assists with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • Course fee – for those who can cover the basic cost of a retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The pricing options for a particular retreat are based primarily on its length and are intended to give you an idea of what it costs to offer that retreat. The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Course Fee level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such.

USER ACCOUNTS – With the launch of our new website, an exciting feature is now available to you: an individual User Account with a personalized dashboard where the resources from all of your retreats are available in one, convenient location. For example, the Zoom link for a retreat will be stored in your user account so you can locate it easily on the day of the retreat. After the retreat, you’ll find the link to recordings (once they are edited), as well as any other resources the teacher might have provided for the retreat.

Please note: Retreat recordings and other retreat materials will only be available through your dashboard. We will no longer be sending out end-of-retreat emails with links to retreat recordings, although we will continue to send the Zoom link directly to you before the retreat.

Creating a user account is easy – If you haven’t already signed up for a user account, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible. Please visit the Create an account page on our website. This page contains all the tools and info needed to set up an account.

Accessing your user account – Access to your user account begins on the homepage of our website. In the upper right corner, you’ll see one of two things that indicate whether you are logged in or not…

• You are logged IN if you see “My Dashboard” and “Log Out” links in the upper right corner.
• You are logged OUT if you see “Create an Account” and “Log In” links in the upper right corner.

From there, you can take the appropriate action for accessing your dashboard, where links to pre-retreat resources (when available) will be posted three days before your retreat begins and recordings and post-retreat resources will be posted within one week of the date recorded. All paid resources will remain there indefinitely.

Please be sure to check your user account before your registered event for any updated information.  You may contact support@naturaldharma.org with questions about your user account.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Six Wednesday mornings from Feb. 3 to March 10, 10:00–11:30 am EST

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You may register at any time during the six weeks and will receive access to all recordings, including any you may have missed.

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this course.

  • Benefactor: $228
  • Course fee: $180
  • Supported: $132


About the Teachers

Lama Willa Miller

Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director

Willa B. Miller, Ph.D. is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after twelve years of monastic training and two consecutive three-year retreats. She has also practiced in the Shangpa and Nyingma lineages. She is editor, author, and translator (respectively) of three books:..

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