Winter Retreat at the Guild

January 22-29, 2016

Join us for our first ever Winter Retreat at the Guild!

Based on frequent requests, we are finally offering a week-long intensive, based on Samarya Yoga Teacher Training.


  • Are you a dedicated yoga student who has always wanted to go deeper in your study of yoga and spiritual practice – but find only yoga teacher trainings that include the kind of focus you are seeking?
  • Are you a mental health or other clinical professional that would like to bring yoga and contemplative practices into your work?
  • Are you studying, or seeking certification in, Integrated Movement Therapy, but are already an experienced yoga teacher and cannot take the two weeks for our Samarya Yoga residential training?
  • Are you part of our larger Samarya community and have been curious about our retreats at the Guild and connecting more deeply into our satsang?

Our 2016 first ever Winter Retreat is for you!



This is a one week intensive retreat, modeled exactly after our Samarya Yoga Teacher Training, without the focus of learning to teach yoga classes. In this week long intensive you will be fully immersed in yoga and spirituality as you sequester yourself with others on a similar journey in the exquisite beauty of the Grunewald Guild – a magical intentional community situated deep in the mountains outside of Leavenworth.

Allow your body and mind to slow down and take in the fresh air, the quiet pace, the ponderosa pine and the hearty food. Each day, we will focus on a specific teacher or change agent spanning across disciplines, faiths, time and location. We will learn about the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative practices of Hindu, Christian and Islamic mysticism and develop our own home asana and spiritual practice over the course of the week.

Professionals in clinical disciplines will learn how to deftly weave their interest in yoga and spirituality into their work with all kinds of people. Students of Integrated Movement Therapy will learn the philosophies that support and inspire our practice, and yoga students will exponentially expand their understanding of and life long connection to the practice.

Accommodations are in lovely, comfortable double or single rooms, each with their own sink and shared bathroom. Three nourishing, home-cooked vegetarian meals are served daily. Our practice and discussions will take place in the homey buildings of the Guild campus, we will practice our yoga asana in a beautiful high beamed Swiss Chalet style building, with our discussions being held in a cozy living room atmosphere. Both are heated by wood stoves.

Train leaves Seattle at 4:40 pm on Friday, January 22.  Retreat begins at 8pm Friday evening with a welcome (we will pick you up in Leavenworth), snack and brief orientation. We will meet on the mat at 7 am Saturday morning, after a wonderful night’s sleep in the fresh mountain air. Retreat closing ceremony is Thursday, January 28. Retreat ends with optional meditation Friday morning, and transport to Leavenworth for 6:08 am train, arriving in Seattle at 10:25 am.

If there is no snow on the pass and you choose to drive, cost is the same. We can accommodate you at the Guild earlier on Friday the 22nd and later on Friday the 29th. Meals can be arranged for both days.


Basic Schedule: January 23 – 28

Silent period: from waking until 10 am.

7 – 9 am yoga and meditation practice

9 – 10 breakfast

10 – 1 discussion, study and philosophy

1-3 lunch

3 – 4 restorative practice and meditation

4 – 7 discussion, study and philosophy

7 – 8 dinner

8 – 9 close

9:30 – 10 silent period

10 pm all lights out


Shared room (double) $1680 — or $1480 if paid in full by November 22, 2015.

Single room $1925 — or $1725 if paid in full by November 22, 2015

Cost includes round trip train fare from Seattle to Leavenworth, and transport from Leavenworth to the Grunewald Guild in Plain, so no need to worry about driving over the pass in the snow! **Cost is the same, regardless of travel options.


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Aparigraha – Letting Go

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.

I just got back from Mexico to enjoy a few weeks of this beautiful Seattle weather, to visit friends and family, to check in on The Samarya Center and to prepare for Samarya Yoga Teacher Training.

As I was driving to the Central District from Vashon Island the other day, I passed a big handwritten sign that said: Fresh Peaches! Heirloom Tomatoes! Oh yes, I thought. I haven’t had either of those things yet this summer, both delicious fruits that I wait all year to eat. While I wasn’t able to stop right there and then for the bounty, it did make me think about the fruits of the season, and the season itself.

I remember being a kid and, with a June birthday, always requesting Breyer’s Peach Ice-Cream for my celebration – it was a seasonal item that only showed up on the store shelves in June and was gone by September. That peach ice-cream represented everything about the beginning of summer – swimming, playing with friends, staying out late, fireworks, corn on the cob, barbeques and lots of sunshine.

But I also remember, even as a kid, toward the end of summer feeling ready to go back to school – to meet my new teachers, reconnect with school friends, wearing some new outfit that I had been planning for weeks. The summer would be gone, but the fall would be here, bringing it with its own special gifts, not the least of which was paving the way for winter and the holidays. The peaches and tomatoes would be gone, but pumpkins and then even, eventually,  hot chocolate would be on its way.

It’s kind of the same now. When I was in Mexico I had so many mangoes dropping from my tree, I had to eat a couple a day just to stay on top of what I couldn’t give away. As my time there progressed, the mangoes became more sparse and I mourned their waning abundance. But then, one morning, I found an avocado on the ground. As mango season ended, it made the way for avocado season. And avocado season means moving away from the stifling heat of the height of summer, and into the electric beauty of tropical thunder and lightning.

One season gives way to the next.

I remember many years ago sitting in my office on Yesler Way with Stephanie Sisson and Laura Humpf (who are offering an up-coming silent retreat together!) and talking about the day that The Samarya Center would eventually close. I remember telling them that, when I opened it in 2001 as a sole proprietor business, I always assumed that I would just close it when I was done. But then, as the seasons of the center progressed, I came to realize that it wasn’t mine to close – that in fact, The Samarya Center belonged to a community and it would be up to the community to decide how to transform it once I was ready to move on. That was another season.

Now, almost fifteen years later, the season has changed again. And what I have learned through the process of the last several years is that the center is indeed mine to close. While it belongs to and benefits a community, it does not have the available leadership to continue. So many people have come through, stepped up, given so much to try to steward its continuation, but at the end of the day, the season has shifted. It is time. So someone has to be the one to say it. To change the page on the calendar. To acknowledge how letting this season go will only yield a new season, with new opportunities and new fruits.

This makes me think of the stunningly beautiful maha mrityunjaya mantra- or the great death conquering (sometimes called the great fear conquering) mantra – one of the most precious Vedic mantras. In this short chant, the devotee invokes Shiva and especially his powers of transformation. The chant includes a reference to a cucumber – asking to be freed from the bondage of the vine once it has reached its peak. In learning this from my teachers over the years, I have always learned the great significance of the creeper vegetable in the chant. Fruits that grow on trees fall to the ground when ripe – they become their maximum selves and then they drop at that point of full maturity – much like the mangoes and avocados in my backyard. But creeper vegetables – cucumbers, squash, melon – will stay on the vine, rotting into the ground if they are not picked or severed. They will pass their prime and simply decompose, never having been liberated in fullness.

The idea of the maha mrityunjaya is that we are like these creeper vegetables, and that we in fact pray to be released at that very point of fullness, not languishing in torpor.  We want to realize our own fullness and in that state of brilliance, move on to the next phase of our cycle.

The Samarya Center has reached its full potential and maturity as it exists right now. It is time for this season to end and for us to open ourselves up to what’s next – focusing on trainings, on spreading the work of the last decade and a half to an even greater community, for me to move to my home in Mexico, for the beginning of the Loma Indra Ashram that we are building in the mountains there.

Like the maha mrtynujaya, this is a time of celebration and exaltation, not fear and not mourning. The fruit has ripened, the season has turned and the new cycle is under way. Let us join together in joyful anticipation of the bounty yet to come.

Let us welcome the new season, together.

With love and light,

Click here to view the full August 2015 newsletter of the Samarya Center for Humankind(ness)

IMT Level 2 Retreat

November 1-7, 2015

This intensive training is for those who want to further their understanding of and ability to apply Integrated Movement Therapy®. Tailored to meet the needs of the participants, there will be discussion of cases, specific conditions and challenges, and opportunities to practice through vignettes and role-playing. Time will be spent on how to document therapy, including writing goals and objectives, session notes and progress summaries, as well as how to talk about Integrated Movement Therapy®.

Participation is limited to only ten trainees, so this advanced IMT training is a unique opportunity to study intensively with Molly Lannon Kenny, MS-CCC and receive individual feedback and attention.

This training is intellectually and energetically demanding. The daily schedule begins at 7am and ends at 9pm with breaks for meals, and includes both academic and practical information and discussion, as well as periods of independent research and writing.

This Level 2 training will boost your confidence and skills in integrating yoga philosophy and practice with more conventional structures and techniques of traditional clinical disciplines. Participants will practice articulating what they are doing and providing rationales.

You must have completed IMT Basics, and all of the IMT Level 1 courses (Adults, Children, and Teens) in order to attend the Level 2 Training.  Completing the IMT Level 1 and Level 2 courses qualifies you to apply for the IMT Advanced Seven-Day Intensive.

The IMT Level 2 Weeklong Training takes place at the beautiful retreat center where we hold our teacher training, Grunewald Guild in Plain, Washington.


Tuition is $1,230 if you register early. It is $1,430 if you register within a month of the training. Food and lodging costs $550 for a shared room or $430 for the dorm. This brings the total to $1,860 (dorm) or $1,980 (shared) for standard registration and $1,660 (dorm) or $1,780 (shared) for early registration – October 1, 2015.

Training begins at 4pm on Sunday and concludes at 2pm on Saturday.


To register, contact Molly.