Winter Retreat - Heal the Healers
Featured on ABC News: Tai Chi as a drug free alternative for the treatment of chronic pain.
Wall Street Journal Health News: How Tai Chi Can Help Conquer Fear of Falling as We Age
November 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
$81/night wkdays per person, shared room, plus tax & meals. Price includes many wellness & cultural activities.
Optional: Add $45 for a private Qi (life force energy) activation and learn Tai Chi with Grand Qi Gong Tai Chi Master Jianye Jiang (minimum 6 in a class required).
Please select dates with minimum of two nights and reserve using our booking widget. You can book with continental breakfast only and go to town to enjoy a berkshire lunch and dinner.
Eastover ~ the ideal location to relax, reflect, and restore.
Winter and fall are great seasons to rest and recharge, particularly for yoga teachers and healers who on a regular basis, invest much of themselves in serving others. At Eastover, a holistic living and retreat haven nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, life slows down, tranquility sets in, and your personal self-care becomes your focus - and ours as well. Whether it’s a time to reflect and restore, or to gently reverse the “burnout” that can result from your dedication to this special line of work, we offer a package designed to meet your needs and budget.
At additional cost, join our special event program:
Embrace the Water - Heal Yourself, Heal the World! - Coming Spring 2017
With Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT, CYT - Director, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and co-founder and board chairperson for the Give Back yoga Foundation and
Bill Meier - Aquatics Director for Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Head Coach of both the college and Masters Swim Team.
Using yoga breathing and meditation techniques you can learn life saving and liberating skills to help you face fear, overcome resistance, embrace the water, and enhance your life. By combining yoga practices with safe, gentle, supported, practice in the water, you can experience the transformative and exhilarating effect of doing something you never thought was possible.
Special event: with $429.52 extra tuition and registration: taxes not included.
Spend a weekend, week, or month with us, and create much needed space in your life. Here are highlights of what we currently offer:
Self guided Daily Meditation & Reflection: Purpose, Truth, Self-Compassion, Acceptance, Vulnerability, Responsibility, Focus and Positive Energy
Saturday Morning Qi Gong Practice with Dr. Ken Nelson
Saturday Iyengar Yoga with TAMIR
Chinese Calligraphy & Brush Ink Grinding as Meditation with Dawn Chen
Learn Chinese - An exploration of the use of language for Alzheimer’s Prevention
Tuesday 4:00pm Sheng Zhen Gong - Healing of the Heart Qi Gong with Rosalind Reis
Move Like Water - Aquatic Yoga/Qi Gong & Dance in our heated pool with Rosalind ($25/extra)
Cooking Demo for Healthy Eating and Food as Medicine
Eco-Machine Intro Talk – Water Reclamation by use of Natural Enzymes and Tropical plants
*Available at additional charge:
*A private Qi Activation session with Grand Qigong/Tai Chi Master Jianje Jiang – A mystical and profound ancient Chinese healing practice - $45.00/session.
*Healing Arts Services – Various Acupuncture, Massage, Energy healing treatments are available - please call for pricing.
*$45 (optional) Weekend Qi Activation with Jianye Jiang ~ Have your Qi (life force energy) activiated by a grand master; for R&R guests only. Minimum number of attendees required.
*$50 Guided kayaking on the Housatonic River along Eastover's 600 acre forest
*Healing Through Singing Bowls with Priscilla Gale
*Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Andrew Vidich Saturday Evenings
Full Day Meal Pass:
$60-Midweek – Monday - Thursday
$65-Weekend – Friday - Sunday
A la Carte Prices:
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"It is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your experiences completely, and look at them anew, not to keep on repeating them like machines. You would then let fresh air into your mind. Wouldn’t you? This place must be of great beauty, with trees, birds, and quietness, for beauty is truth and truth is goodness and love.
A typical 2 Day Stay at Eastover:
5.00pm: Tour of Eastover
7:00 - 8:00am: Yoga/Qi Gong/Tai Chi
8:00 - 9:00am: Silent Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00pm: Hiking, Kayaking, Healing Arts, Workshop (if available), Qi Gong (Sat. 9am-10:30am)
12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch
3:00 - 5:30pm: Cooking Class, Pool swim, Iyenger Yoga (Saturdays), Sheng Zhen Gong/Qi Gong (Tues. 4:00pm)
6:00 - 7:00pm: Dinner
7:00 - 8:00am: Yoga/Qi Gong/Tai Chi
7:30 - 9:00am: Silent Breakfast
9:00am - 12.00pm: Healing Arts Service, Hiking, Calligraphy/Brush Ink Grinding Meditation, Learn Chinese for Alzheimer's Prevention
12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Check Out
Alka Arora started Yoga Practice and studies in 1978 and since then has studied with some of the best teachers all over the world including BKS Iyengar (Pune) at The Yoga Institute (Mumbai). She co-founded a Yoga School in Thailand in the 80’s. "The thrill and energy that comes from alignment, balance, strength and opening of the body, bursts through when one is in tune with a yoga pose. It’s what brings one back to the practice mat as the experience of vibrancy, health and well-being." Her goal is to transmit this through practicing with others.
Dawn Chen is a seasoned college guidance counselor, mentor, and life coach for young adults. She is passionate about helping international students succeed in the pursuit of their dreams. Her focus is education, career preparation, and personal development. Since 2011 she has placed dozens of students in Ivy League schools and other leading U.S. universities.
Her 30-year career in international business and education includes Yale University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as Accenture and Dow Jones. She takes pride in sharing her wealth of knowledge and expertise with students, and helping them shape their future.
In her spare time, Dawn volunteers at her local library, to raise funds and help children learn to read. She has practiced Chinese calligraphy since being trained at the age of six. She is also an accomplished gardener and enjoys running.
Dawn received B.A.and M.A. in English Literature from Sichuan University in China; M.A. in Communications from University of Hawaii, U.S.A.
Greg DiLisio, M.Ac, is an experienced acupuncturist, holds high-level qigong, tai chi, and yoga teacher certifications, and is passionate about moving energy through outdoor sports in all seasons. Greg is featured in the DVD Qigong and Tai Chi, Following Movement in Nature. www.mycenteredheart.
Ken Nelson, PhD, is dedicated to helping people heal, grow and awaken with mind-body practices and the wisdom traditions. He teaches gentle yoga, qigong, meditation, and bodywork. Ken is a former Fulbright lecturer and Kripalu Scholar-in-Residence, and has offered workshops worldwide since 1975. His CD, Yin Yoga, and DVD Qigong & Taiji for Healing & Vitality are Kripalu Center best sellers. Ken is co-author with Lesli Lang and David Ronka of Creating the Conditions for Transformation, a book about tools that link the heart and mind.
Rosalind Reis has an M.A. in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, Ma. In 1992 she moved to the Berkshires where she lived and taught at Kripalu Center. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga and DanceKinetics Instructor and a Kripalu Body Worker, as well as an energy practitioner. She has an extensive background in alternative movement modalities, such as Authentic Movement Continuum. In 2007 she was introduced to Sheng Zhen Qi Gong. Taken with its spirit, flow poetry and dancerly qualities, Roz subsequently has studied annually with its founder, Master Li Junfeng. Since 2008, Rosalind also has studied Taoist Qi Gong with Said Deselect, whose work focuses on women's health and vitality. Most recently, she has augmented her experience through Radiance Lotus Qi Gong for women with Daisy Lee. Post her 8 year Dan kinetics teaching at Kraal, Rosalind has also taken her love of movement and music into the water. There she melds dance, yoga, qigong and imagery with her warmth and enthusiasm. Currently, she offers Water Magic at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Ma.
Priscilla Gale, a retired opera singer, is a Reiki Master Teacher of three traditions, a Blue Moon Isis Master Teacher, a Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Consciousness Bars Practitioner, Magnified Healing Practitioner, Crystal Singing Bowls Practitioner and holds a Masters Certification in Himalayan Singing Bowls. She is also an ordained minister in the Universal Brotherhood Movement. Priscilla travels extensively throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire teaching and leading singing bowl meditations.
Dr. Andrew Vidich is a consultant, international speaker and author of more than five books including "Let there be Light; Experiencing Inner Light Across the World's Sacred Traditions. Dr. Vidich has been an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College and Iona College in New York. He was an Instructional Coach and award winning teacher in the NYC Department of Education for over 18 years.
He is a founding member of "The Interfaith Council of New York" as well as a Trustee of ”The Temple of Understanding" - an international interfaith organization. Dr. Vidich is a member of the Board of Directors and Public Relations coordinator for the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Amityville, New York. He has been studying meditation for over 43 years under the guidance of renowned meditation masters.
Hilary Bashara, RN, BSN, Owner and operator of Berkshire Canoe and Kayak Tours, a family owned and operated business that takes families and friends for a relaxing, fun-filled guided canoe trip on the Housatonic River. One enjoys the beauty of the meandering river and the unspoiled nature that surrounds it. Abundant wildlife and spectacular plant life awaits you and your camera. The ever-changing flora and fauna may include red-tail hawks, owls or Canadian Geese; tall cottonwoods, cinnamon ferns and spicebushes. Beavers, muskrats, Great Blue Heron, Kingfishers and the plentiful painted turtles are spotted regularly on tours. Each trip runs approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours.
TAMIR is a Junior Intermediate level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. With over 20 years of experience, she has taught yoga at Columbia University, the 92nd Street Y, Parsons School of Design, Marymount Manhattan College, Roosevelt Hospital, The Integral Yoga Institute of New York, and the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale. She combines basic breathing techniques with classic yoga postures.
TAMIR is a gifted actress with a background in classical theatre, a poet, writer and performer of three one-woman shows, among other accomplishments.
R & R Reservations Payment
$50 non-refundable deposit taken at time of registration.
Balance collected 7 days prior to arrival.
$50 forfeited if cancelled 7 days or more prior to arrival.
50% of registration forfeited if cancelled between 7 and 4 days prior to arrival
Full forfeiture if cancelled with less than 4 days prior to arrival.
Eastover reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.
Sunrise at Eastover
Silence and Expansive Views, let nature heal you
A mysterious morning walk
call 866-2645139 to book mansion luxurious bedroom, each is unique
Learn about Eastover's 100+ year history
Mt Grey Lock view - Is the Witch School in Harry Potter flash lights at Eastover every night?
Stroll in the English and Japanese Gardens
A in between arts and calligraphy class/practice
Spring-summer-fall relax in the pool or book a Healing Arts Massage here
Read a book infront of the fireplace in Eastover's library
Self guided medation daily in mansion meditation room
Eastover garden now w green house too, herbs, kale, green union, beets, ...
Commitment to environment, green, ecological ideas - tell your school about Eastover's eco-sewer plant
Hike on and off Eastover's 600acre forest to October Mountain - MA largerst state forest - apalanchia trail to Mt Greylock
From camping, rustic to a wide range of affordable and luxurious lodging options, Eastover welcomes all
Morning practice waching the sun rises from October mountain
majority of housing are in out buildings, quiet, clean, and affordable simple retreat rooms
Weather its luxurious mansion room or out building retreat room, all treated w 5 star hotel quality sheets and towels
In today's internet facebook age, Eastover provided a place for face to face gathering, bring your talent
Many weekends, besides retreat and workshop, there is music for fun and dance