October 6 - 11, 2020

Mary Paffard

“Roots & Shoots!”




We’d love for you to join us for one of the most amazing Yoga retreats Gray Bear offers: Six days for experienced students and teachers to dive into the deepest well of their being and reflect upon key aspects of practice.

What is the source, root and intention of our yoga these days? Which voices do we listen to, admire, are inspired by?

October 6 – 11: Roots and Shoots - Presence in Yoga.

During our initial focus of this partially silent retreat we will invite a letting go of the myths and stories that do not serve our overall yoga aspiration. Our aim is the cultivation of inspiration through the natural world. By fully immersing ourselves in this exquisite setting, listening to the quiet stirrings of prana, we become deeply present with the magic of now and the clarity of action this brings to our being.

As we move deeper into our time together, once we have left the luggage of “shoulds”, “ought to-bes”, and old irrelevant stories behind, we will bring the imagination, creativity and collective wisdoms to the places that wish to bloom and need support and encouragement. In this retreat we also let go of the “teacher” voice, and allow ourselves to rest, re-discover with tenderness the freedoms and voices of our own sometimes neglected, always in need of rejuvenation - body, cultivating kindness for all beings. This retreat interweaves active and passive asana, pranayama, meditation, silence, mandala and plenty of time to rest in the hammocks and wander down to the waterfall, enjoy massage and either deep quiet or contemplative, supportive sangha.

A Discussion of the Heart, Action of the Body

We would like to explore how we bring planetary consciousness to our yoga teaching and daily dialogue. …..a discussion about climate and the necessity to embrace this conversation. How do we take a step forward in our own lives, our yoga lives, our yoga teacher training lives? What does it mean to see the body in a much, much bigger context, ie the body of the earth? How can community help create engagement, joy and movement forward with these critical issues of our time and our grand-children’s and the planet’s time? This will be a collective informal discussion/brainstorm for anyone from the retreat, locals and those that live on the Gray Bear land so we can inspire each other with the steps forward we can all take.

Mary has asked that people are driving only, no air flights.

MC and Visa accepted. Payment plans are available. Full retreat cost, all lodging, all tuition, all meals is $1450

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Mary has asked that people are driving only, no air flights.

Please plan to arrive Tuesday Oct 6th between 12:00-3 (eat lunch before arrival; a few finger foods will be available)
• 4 to 6 class
• 6:15 dinner
• Orientation following dinner
(*) Those wanting to arrive Monday evening; we will have an option to do so. Please contact Adam via email for details. Adam at graybear.org

Gray Bear Lodge P.O. Box 682 Hohenwald, TN 38462

Telephone: 615-782-0469

Limited Capacity:
Workshops will be limited to 30% of our regular capacity, allowing approximately 12-15 participants per workshop. Priority will be given to couples or duets who have quarantined together, or in a pod, and would like to share a cabin. Space is very limited, early registration is highly recommended. Price will be based on private cabin. Those wishing to share the cost of a cabin, can do so. Those wishing to pitch a tent: some retreats will have an option to do so; please email Adam for details. Write “ Tent options” in the subject line and the retreat you are interested in attending.

Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent. Listed price is for shared occupancy in the main lodge (upgrades to private cabins are available; please inquire).

For this retreat our definition of ongoing practice is as follows: some fluency in basic standing poses, an understanding of your personal limitations for safety concerns, a willingness to listen closely and bravely explore that which we often ignore .

The TT/Weekend Only is NOT limited to yoga teachers. You do not have to be a Yoga instructor to attend. Ongoing students or those wanting to deepen their understanding are encouraged to attend.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

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