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Being in Silence: In the Forest & By the Sea

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“There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness … a silence that is a fount of joy …

It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.”

— Thomas Merton

To dedicate a day to listening deeply – to the sounds of the trees, the wind, the sea, and the fire in a stone fireplace – offers the opportunity to reflect, contemplate, and connect with parts of yourself that are ready to emerge.

Here, there can also be the spaciousness to clarify that which is foggy and to let go of thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that are no longer beneficial. In this safe and supportive container, participants are invited to step out of the routine of daily life and explore their inner world from a different perspective through guided meditation, reflective writing, and mindful movement.

Sharing through dialogue will occur on an as-desired basis only at the end of our day together.


Teacher: Marianne Rowe

Sunday, December 8

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Asilomar Conference Grounds

$100 (includes Practice Guide & Journal)

The Retreat Facilitator

Marianne B. Rowe, MS, is a Marriage & Family Therapist, practicing in Pacific Grove since 1986. She is the founder of the Mindful Education Project and co-founder of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. Since 2011, she has facilitated relational training intensives in San Francisco, Santa Cruz & Boulder, CO, as well as Monterey and Pacific Grove.

The Setting

Asilomar, known as Monterey’s “Refuge by the Sea,” overlooks Asilomar State Beach, providing a serene, wooded setting for reflection and restoration. Our meeting space has a fireplace & an ocean view.