Mindfulness & Self-Care Retreat
Help Animals Without Depleting Yourself
Ready to recharge your batteries? Let’s find healthy ways to dissolve anxiety, manage stress, and build personal resilience. Join our retreat at Banyan Grove, a serene, quiet campus lined with redwood trees in the quaint town of Forest Knolls, an hour or so drive from Berkeley. Spend the weekend practicing mindfulness, meditation, restorative yoga, self-care, fusion fitness, and join in a healing ritual. Slow down and relax with us. Nurture yourself with essential techniques for daily living so you can help animals without depleting yourself. Scrumptious, healthy vegan food will be catered.
Speakers: The Mindful Vegan author Lani Muelrath and self-care coach Allison Rivers Samson
When: Saturday, June 9, 10am-4pm and Sunday, June 10, 8am-3pm
Where: Banyan Grove, 60 Arroyo Road, Forest Knolls, CA
Cost: Our retreat is offered by donation to honor the Buddhist practice of "dana" or generosity. Please read about gift ecology.
Overnight Accommodations: Our retreat is presented in partnership with ServiceSpace, which operates our venue. Please indicate if you plan to stay overnight on your registration form. We have room for 20 overnight guests.
Venue: Banyan Grove can accommodate 40 guests for the retreat, with 20 of those guests staying overnight. If necessary, we may give overnight preference to those who are traveling from out of town.
Enrollment is limited. Reserve your spot by June 1. Register Now!
10:30am-12pm, Mindfulness Training and Practice with Lani
12pm-1pm, Organic Vegan Lunch
1pm-1:45pm, Mindfulness Meditation Practice and Walking Meditation with Lani
2pm-4pm, Integrating Self-Care into Your Daily Life with Allison
4pm-5pm, Nature Walk (Optional)
5pm-6pm, Free Time
6pm-7pm, Organic Vegan Dinner
8pm-9pm, Evening Program
8am-9am, Organic Vegan Breakfast
9-11am, Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness Practice with Lani
11am-12pm, Nia with Allison
12pm-1pm, Organic Vegan Lunch
1pm-1:45pm, Walking Meditation with Lani
2pm-3pm, Activist Healing Ritual with Lisa
Mindfulness Training and Practice
We all know that advocating for the animals has a specific set of challenges and stress. With the simple tools of mindfulness, you can learn to more easily navigate difficult conversations, upsetting situations, emotional stress – and become a more effective advocate for the change you want to effect in the world. With Lani as your guide, find out what the research says about the benefits of mindfulness training - a practical, non-sectarian, science-based practice for restoring and resilience - and come away with specific tools for practicing mindfulness to manage stress and create a healthier lifestyle.
How to Integrate Self-care into Your Daily Life
So much of what we do is focused on energy moving outward to help others. This is an important part of advocacy, and yet to be sustainable ambassadors for compassion, it’s crucial that we first fill our own cups so that we’re able to give from a source of strength. Allison will share some of the tools and practices she uses on a regular basis.
This mindfulness-of-body practice quickly counters stress and restores balance. It is a particularly healing branch of yoga practices that can give you an early entry point into the accumulation of stress, and assist you in into dissolving the build up of anxiety from its stress origins to what can end up as a crippling anxiety experience. Lani will teach some simple positions from this deeply relaxing style of yoga practice that is receptive rather than active in nature.
This fun, easy to follow fitness fusion class that includes Dance + Martial Arts + Yoga brings a new JOY through movement. We'll move in comfortable clothes and bare feet.
Activist Healing Ritual
We can acknowledge the suffering of others and offer support without taking on their suffering. As we heal, we build resilience and embrace community care. Join us for a healing ritual with music and activities that unite as a community. The ritual will include music, art, movement, and expression of our compassion for all living beings.
Lani Muelrath, M.A., is an award-winning health educator, celebrated speaker and the author of three best-selling books. A longtime vegan advocate and creator of numerous health and wellness courses, Lani is Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction, as Mind-Body Specialist, and is a Credentialed Yoga Teacher. She has been featured on CBS TV, ABC TV, Health Magazine, Prevention, USA Today, Huffington Post, and The Saturday Evening Post. She is presenter for Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Complete Health Improvement Program, guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, and Associate Faculty at Butte College where one of her books has been adopted as required text.
Lani has been vegetarian/vegan for 45 years and has been teaching in health and wellness for more over four decades She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 25 years, and is recognized as a thought leader and pioneer in transition to plant-based nutrition and in the integration of vegan living and mindfulness practice. She is the author of The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness, The Plant-Based Journey, and Fit Quickies.
Allison Rivers Samson is a Self-care Coach, Speaker, and Workshop Leader who helps women make room for themselves, turn workouts into personal playdates, and makes healthy eating feel indulgent. Allison is certified in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University and received her training as a Health and Wellness Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
For 20 years, she ran Allison’s Gourmet, the first online vegan bakery and chocolaterie, which she retired in 2016. Allison is an award-winning vegan chef and author of Quick + Easy DIY Salad Bar, Comfortably Yum, and The Dairy-Freedom Cookbook; co-creator of The Dairy Detox; Nia Black Belt instructor; and mama to lifelong vegan Olivia.
Lisa Levinson directs In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, which offers emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via a helpline, support groups, and online events. Lisa organizes Vegan Spirituality groups and retreats to explore veganism as a spiritual practice. She co-organizes the Interfaith Vegan Coalition to help places of worship go vegan. She co-founded Public Eye: Artists for Animals to teach compassion for animals through the arts and founded the Toad Detour to help migrating toads safely cross the road in Philadelphia.