The Wakeful Body: Yoga and Meditation as an Integrated Path

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The Wakeful Body: Yoga and Meditation as an Integrated Path

Lama Willa Blythe Baker
March 1, 2023 - April 5, 2023

Live Online + unlimited access to course recordings

A six-week course, Wednesdays, 9:00–11:00 am ET

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Many of us have a complicated relationship with the body. In its vulnerability to aging and illness, we tend to think of our body in ordinary or even pejorative terms. Yet many meditation masters of the past have taught that the body is a temple, a mandala, a profound source of wisdom. How do we reconcile these two perspectives?

 In this six-week course, participants will explore the body as a domain of practice and wisdom, diving deep into the physical, energetic and cognizant dimensions of experience. Through dharma instruction, contemplative yoga and study, participants will learn how bring awakening from the realm of ideas into the truth of embodiment.

Two-hour live weekly meetings with Lama Willa include

  • Dharma Instruction
  • Guided meditation and Vajravinyasa yoga (45 minutes of yoga each session)
  • Live discussion, alternating with occasional peer sections (breakout groups)

Lama Willa encourages participants to commit to a daily practice (a minimum of 15 minutes per day) for the six-week duration of this course.

Resources include

  • Course Syllabus with weekly reading assignments from The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom (Shambhala Publications 2022) – available directly from Shambhala Publications or from other booksellers
  • Bibliography for further exploration of embodied practice
  • Guided Meditations (pre-recorded), available on SoundCloud
  • Access to pre-recorded yoga videos

Required Course Reading:

  • The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom by Willa Blythe Baker (Shambhala Publications 2022)
  • “Embodiment,” 2022 article by Willa Blythe Baker



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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 once it is uploaded to your resources.



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.



The user account feature of our website provides a secure place where materials from your retreats can be posted and accessed. If you don’t have an account already, you’ll want to set one up as soon as you register.

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  • It’s important to note that syncing of resources does not happen simultaneously with registration.  Recordings are manually synced with user accounts after each session, but since they must be edited before they are posted, we can’t guarantee they will be on your dashboard before the next session.
  • If you have any questions about resources and recordings, please email

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Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar



Live Online only. Six Wednesday mornings from March 1 to April 5, 2023, 9:00–11:00 am ET. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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

  • Benefactor: $288
  • Course fee: $204
  • Supported: $120

Participants are invited to offer dana ("generous giving") to the teachers and to Wonderwell Mountain Refuge at the close of the retreat.

All sessions will be recorded, and the recordings will be available in people's user accounts. Please see the section titled User Accounts for more information.

About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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