Movement and Stillness: An Exploration of Meditation and Contemplative Movement

With Rick Merrill, Hannah Kinderlehrer and Holly Gayley

August 13 - 16, 2020

In this retreat, we merge traditional Buddhist sitting meditation practice with the practice of contemplative movement to rediscover and nurture our innate capacity to live more fully. Feeling and knowing directly through an awareness anchored in non-conceptual embodiment, we explore a sense of returning home, lowering the center of gravity, and trusting the raw, unfiltered, pre-verbal wisdom that is our natural inheritance.

Our retreat schedule will be anchored in daily sitting meditation, sessions of contemplative movement and improvisation, individual and group explorations in nature, time for personal reflection and contemplative conversations, group meals and community celebration.

The retreat will offer us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in an exploration of movement and stillness, communication and open space. Participants should have both on-going meditation and movement practices.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Rick Merrill (


Rick Merrill
Rick Merrill is dancer, choreographer and teacher. He performed and taught for many years in New York City, throughout the US and Europe, and for the last ten years was a senior faculty member in the Theatre and Dance Department of Western Washington University. Rick teaches meditation within the Buddhist tradition. He also leads workshops and retreats in embodied, contemplative movement and believes that movement and feeling comfortable in one’s own body is a natural human endowment that we all can embrace.
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Hannah Kinderlehrer
Hannah Kinderlehrer’s passion is supporting people on their journey to embodiment. She works as a dance teacher, workshop facilitator, Chronic Illness Coach and choreographer, and serves as the program development director for Strength In Motion Wellness center. She is a graduate of the Peacemaker Institute, Naropa University and is a certified Hakomi Practitioner.
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Holly Gayley
Holly Gayley, Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies, is a scholar and translator of contemporary Buddhist literature in Tibet. Her research areas include gender and sexuality in Buddhist tantra, ethical reform in contemporary Tibet, and theorizing translation, both literary and cultural, in the transmission of Buddhist teachings to North America. She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (2016); co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rime Masters of Tibet (2017), and translator of Inseparable Across Lifetimes: The Lives and Love Letters of Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo (2019). For more than a decade, she has regularly led meditation workshops and retreats and, in the past year, has helped to form a Contemplative Resource Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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