Schedule


NOTE FROM JOY 7/15/21

Happy summertime, dear yogis, Wattle Hollow friends and friends-to-be.
It’s a monsoon jungle out there…. and I’m so grateful for that!

It’s been extremely inspiring to share the Dharma with so many new and old friends.

First thing to understand, darlings:

ONLY FULLY VACCINATED FOLKS WILL BE WELCOME.

I cannot agree with the anti-vaxxers who tell me “this is a matter of personal consideration.” From my perspective, this is a community-oriented decision, that affects the rest of society…quite different than choosing whether to vaccinate against a non-infectious illness.

Below you will see several new events listed, which is why I’m notifying y’all again.  I feel a calling to meet the massive demand for grounding tools, and to recharge our mind/body connection after so many months of isolation.

As usual, no one will be turned away from any meditation event for lack of funds….although dana/donations are accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: All registration will be closed three days before the event.

Dharma Day

Saturday, July 31 – 10:00 a. m. – 4:00 pm

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

We will have chairs or cushions available for sitting, and yoga mats for our period of stretching, though you all are of course welcome to bring your own.

(If you are concerned about the Covid-19 sanitation aspect for your yoga, blanket and meditation equipment, probably better to bring your own supplies and perhaps dish ware for lunch, dears.)

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation: Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various practices. Walking (both indoor and outdoor) Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food) Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

Note: ALL registration will be closed 3 days before the event. Registration Form (pdf)

Being Where You Are Weekend

SEPT 17 (6:00 pm) – SEPT 19 (2:00 pm)

We are quite fortunate to lure the amazing Mark Cain away from his extremely busy farm schedule to join us for this event, and to share his grace as a yogi-meditator. He and Joy will co-teach /guide you. This event has happened annually every year for (about?) fifteen years, minus the pandemic last year.

This is a deeper dive into the possibilities of witnessing our meditative focus and offering the mind and body a veritable “brainwash.” No particular expertise is required for either meditation or yoga….but each participant in our sangha needs to pack equal parts of self-compassion and intention for the journey.

$125. Suggested donation, though of course no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The weekend is held in Noble Silence, except for group discussions, and an interview with me (Joy).

Registration Form (pdf)

Dharma Day

Sunday, Sept 26 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

We will have chairs or cushions available for sitting, and yoga mats for our period of stretching, though you all are of course welcome to bring your own.

(If you are concerned about the Covid-19 sanitation aspect for your yoga, blanket and meditation equipment, probably better to bring your own supplies and perhaps dish ware for lunch, dears.)

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation: Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various practices. Walking (both indoor and outdoor) Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food) Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

Note: ALL registration will be closed 3 days before the event. Registration Form (pdf)

Songwriters Creativity Weekend

OCTOBER 1 – 3, 2021

Our annual (except for last year), profoundly soul enriching AND fun weekend of sharing creative opportunities to step WAY out of your musical box… is returning again to Wattle Hollow. This is kind of a family reunion (you will soon feel at home even if it’s your first time.

Our illustrious and trusted guides on this journey are Donna and Kelly Mulholland (of Still on the Hill) and Jack Williams. Again, open only to fully vaccinated participants.

Don’t wait to sign up for this one, dears. It ALWAYS fills up!

Please contact Judy Williams (205-572-0056) for information about registration.
AGAIN, ONLY FULLY VACCINATED PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER.

Time Out – a weekend exploration of time

OCT 15 – 17, 2021 (Fri-Sun)

Training For The Equanimity Olympics, with Mind, Metabolism and Metta

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Earth Mother at dawn, a Wattle cob-space overlooking the pond

This was once an annual event at Wattle Hollow…and it’s time to return: We will be exploring the subtle dimensions of time, as it is measured by social consensus, versus the actual experience of living in present tense…witnessing for ourselves how our brainwave shifts, between the two.

We will watch and compare, share writing exercises, practice Vipassana with the Ozark autumn woodlands as our container.

Daily yoga and qi gong will also add to our sense of being alive in present-tense reality, a.k.a. kyros time.

Cost: $125. includes everything – Like all meditation retreats at Wattle Hollow, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Retreat Registration Form (pdf)

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Dharma Day

Saturday, OCT 30 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

We will have chairs or cushions available for sitting, and yoga mats for our period of stretching, though you all are of course welcome to bring your own.(If you are concerned about the Covid-19 sanitation aspect for your yoga, blanket and meditation equipment, probably better to bring your own supplies and perhaps dish ware for lunch, dears.)

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation: Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various practices. Walking (both indoor and outdoor) Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food) Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

Note: ALL registration will be closed 3 days before the event. Registration Form (pdf)

Giving of Thanks Celebration

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Here is the return of another tradition: We will share a potluck feast around 2:30, followed by a circle of thanks for what life has brought us. It can be musical, theatrical, humorous or serious!

No RSVP necessary

(Wattle Hollow remains drug and alcohol-free, plus please leave beef and pork offerings at home)

Instruments are welcome, as music and dancing often spontaneously erupt after the traditional circle sharing.