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Embracing Body, Mind & Heart

August 5-6, 2017 - 9AM - 4 PM Sat & Sun
Bend, Oregon

Dharma = To Embrace

In this weekend retreat, we learn to create inner space and steadiness to embrace all that arises with compassion, strength and presence.

This space is created through working with the body - creatively and gently releasing held tension.  It is created through working with the mind and learning how to not let it hijack your every moment.  It is also created through working with the heart and tapping into it as an ally and friend on this journey that we call life.  


  • Access more pleasure, joy, and creativity.
  • Compassionately create emotional resiliency.
  • Feel inner power, safety, vitality and confidence.
  • Find your center and rest in stillness and silence with more ease.
  • Decrease the criticism, shame & judgment that arises in all that mind chatter.

This Retreat is For You If...

  • You've been wanting to deepen your mindfulness practice.
  • You feel drawn towards incorporating more Compassion & Empathy into your life.
  • You enjoy movement, meditation and expression and want to feel connected to your INSPIRATION, INNER WISDOM and CONNECTION. 
  • You'd like to live more unapologetically and let out your primal nature.


  • Breathwork
  • Dharma Talks
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Chanting 
  • Sound & Voice
The retreat is held at Sol Alchemy Yoga in Bend, Oregon.  A peaceful and spacious yoga studio on the East Side of Bend just minutes from downtown.  
The retreat is a non-residential retreat and you'll head home or to your accommodations afterwards and we recommend setting yourself up so you can have some quiet and nourishing space to return to each evening to integrate your experience.

We will create a space together where we can tap into our FIERCE HEARTS.  So many of us long to be kind and compassionate towards ourself and others yet we feel so far away from it.  We know that it’s a part of us but because of our conditioning and past events, so many of us have learned to cover our hearts.  We get stuck in habitual patterns that get in the way of our fullest aliveness.  Do you find yourself with the desire to rest and put down the inward and outward armor?  Longing to trust your own heart and mind and sink into your true self? 

The weekend will be hugely integrative & creative and offer you an in depth full body, heart & mind experience.  It will include guided mindfulness meditation practices in the Insight or Vipassana traditions.  It also includes guided breathwork sessions.  Jenni Peskin will be offering gentle & chanting yoga practices each day.

The retreat is open to all who are interested in and REALLY DESIRE freeing their hearts and minds so they can be more and more authentically themselves in the world.  

Shelby Leigh has been instructing meditation and movement to adults and teens since 2005 and working with individuals through coaching or counseling since 2007. Introduced to Buddhist Vipassana practice very early in her 20’s, she took refuge in the teachings whole-heartedly. Her primary places of practice include Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Against The Stream Meditation Society.

Shelby's teachings are based on years of experience practicing and sharing Buddhist practices, Mindfulness, Body-Based Trauma Treatment (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychotherapy), Breathwork, Yoga, Neuroscience and the beautiful work of Brené Brown around shame resiliency.

Shelby leads a passionate life. She has fiercely moved through love, loss and the in between. She guides her students from a place of knowing struggle and also knowing the capacity for change. Life can be challenging, heartbreaking, disappointing and uncertain. It can also be joyful, pleasurable, energizing and alive. Shelby teaches practices that honor the spectrum of these human experiences.

Jenni Peskin is a mama, yoga and singing teacher, activist and music maker seeking to heal the world one breath at a time. For the last five years, she has been working with organizations and businesses to develop custom programs focused on mindfulness and yoga. She has experience working with diverse communities, including people living with chronic pain, clients in drug and alcohol recovery programs, adolescents and adults. She is also a singing teacher, helping people heal past trauma through music. Using yoga, mindfulness, singing and chanting, it is Jenni's mission to help people open their hearts and minds to lead a more fulfilling life.

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Check out testimonials and praise HERE.

    Location: Sol Alchemy Yoga: 2150 Studio Road, Bend, OR 97701

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