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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Head, Heart and Belly: Wisdom, Love and Embodiment
Martin Aylward

September 28, 2016 - October 2, 2016
at the The Grail Retreat Center, 119 Duncan Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520
12:00 pm

**Dear NYI Members: As this retreat is economically priced, the membership discount is not available.  Do not register online if you are a member. Please contact Programming and Marketing Manager, Molicia Crichton at, to register.**


Head, Heart and Belly: Wisdom, Love and Embodiment

A 4-day residential retreat with Martin Aylward, activating and exploring the 3 principal centres of experience: the Belly, the centre of embodiment, where we learn to actually inhabit our experience ever more fully; the Heart, the centre of empathy, where we free up our undigested emotional life, and open to ever deepening care, compassion, joy and spaciousness; and the Head, center of intuition and wisdom, where we learn to disengage from habitual and  counterproductive thought patterns, and train deeper capacities of mind.

The retreat will integrate classical Buddhist practices in contemporary psychological understanding, to deepen and develop embodied awareness, emotional intelligence, and transformative wisdom.

Please read the following retreat notes:

  • This residential retreat is located at the Grail Retreat Center.  Transportation directions can be found here.
  • Please arrive between 3-6pm on Wednesday, September 28.
  • Departure time is noon, 12pm, on Sunday, October 2.   Lunch will not be served on departure day.
  • All participants are expected to stay for the entire retreat.
  • There are limited amount of private rooms.
  • All bathrooms are shared.
  • To assist NYI and Grail Retreat Staff and as an act of generosity and practice, all participants are asked to participant in a period of work meditation.
  • Payment plans are available, please contact Programming and Marketing Manager, Molicia Crichton at
  • In late August, NYI will offer information on ride-sharing and additional retreat details.
  • Full refunds (less a $10 processing fee) will be given up to July 15, 2016. 
  • Cancellations received after September 20 will not be given a refund unless the spot can be filled.

At the end of the retreat, retreatants will have the opportunity to offer dana in support of and in gratitude to our teacher and NYI.


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Martin Aylward Martin Aylward has taught meditation worldwide for the last 15 years, emphasizing bringing a liberating depth of awareness into all areas of life. After 4 years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan sadhus, Martin returned to Europe in 1995, founding Moulin de Chaves, a residential retreat centre in South West France where he lives and teaches. As well as leading retreats, Martin also runs online courses, teaches urban intensives for integrating practice and the charged themes of daily life, and co-directs an international Mindfulness Teacher Training. Find out more at,, and

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