Insight Yoga and Meditation Retreat – Cultivating Compassion

Guest Teacher Program

Insight Yoga and Meditation Retreat – Cultivating Compassion

with Marije E. Paternotte
November 2 – November 8, 2024

About The Retreat

You are invited onto the path of exploring Loving Kindness and Compassion. Practicing yoga and meditation – especially in a retreat setting – is a radical act of self-care. Loving kindness is the natural expression of our heart. It is the foundation of our practice and reminds us to ‘befriend’ ourselves, and all experiences and circumstances, whether we actually like it or not. Through practicing Loving Kindness we are inevitably led to Compassion; the desire to act to alleviate the suffering of others. This way, our personal and collective integrity, and responsibility for the Earth is encouraged. Our practice becomes more meaningful. When we create changes in ourselves we change the world.

This Retreat is for serious practitioners and yoga teachers who enjoy the practice of yin yoga as a doorway into mindfulness meditation and Buddhist practices. The retreat format of this program, which includes two days of silence, will lead to a deeper understanding and a practice that is solidly rooted within.

Program outline

  • Exploration of movement (Yang), stillness (Yin), and breath practices to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being;
  • Practice of Yin yoga sequences to target the upper body enhancing breathing capacity and shoulder mobility, Heart and Lung Chi, and to manage specific mind states;
  • Development of self-observation without judgment through writing, conscious communication, and meditation practices, leading to greater self-awareness, personal growth and self-compassion;
  • Learning about and practicing the four foundations of Mindfulness;
  • Investigating the teachings of the Four Mind Changings (The Seven Points of Mind training by Atisha, or: Lojong practice), and cultivating loving kindness, compassion and resilience, thus deepening the connection with yourself and others as a path to genuine care for humanity and true happiness.

Program hours

The program will start on Saturday November 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Marije retreat

Marije E. Paternotte

Marije E. Paternotte (pronounce: “Mariah”) was born and raised in Amsterdam where she studied law and worked as a corporate attorney. After joining a yoga retreat in Bali life led her to the United States where she took her first yoga teacher training. She currently lives in a small beach town in New Jersey with her husband and two cats, and teaches online as well as workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world.

Marije teaches Insight Yoga as developed by Sarah and Ty Powers, which interweaves Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal psychology into an integrated practice to enliven the body, heart, and mind. Through her training to be a professional ballet dancer when she was young, her innate body awareness, self-study and several sustained injuries, Marije has developed a keen eye for precise and safe alignment of yoga postures. Her teaching style is understated and compassionate, with a focus on mindfulness. She has the ability to present complex concepts, and an in-depth knowledge of yogic anatomy and philosophy, in a simple and approachable way.

Marije encourages her students to practice from a foundation of loving kindness, and to be mindful in everything they do, cultivating non-judgmental self-awareness that leads to inner peace, genuine happiness, and the discovery of who they truly are.

Read more about Marije:
Instagram: @MarijePaternotte

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Daily Schedule

Morning Tea – 6:45 am
Brunch Buffet – 10:00 am – 1 pm
Dinner Buffet – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 2
Arrival (from 2 pm)
Evening session 7:30-9:00 pm

Sunday, November 3
Morning Practice 8:00 – 10:00 am
Evening Meditation 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Monday – Thursday, Nov. 4 – 7
Morning practice 7:30 – 10:00 am
Afternoon session 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Evening Meditation 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Friday, March 3
Morning practice 7:30 – 8:30 am
Closing session 8:30 – 10:00 am
Check-out at noon.

Pre-requisites for this Immersion Retreat:

  • At least 6 months of weekly Yin Yoga practice;
  • At least 2 years of weekly practice of Hatha or Vinyasa yoga;
  • At least 6 months of daily-ish Mindfulness meditation practice.

Recommended reading:

  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers;
  • Training in Compassion, Zen Teachings on the practice of Lojong, by Norman Fisher; or
  • The Art of Transforming the Mind: A Meditator’s Guide to the Tibetan Practice of Lojong, by B. Alan Wallace;
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunuratana.

Additional suggested reading/watching:

  • Book: The complete guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark;
  • Book: Boundless Heart by …..;
  • Book: The Beginner’s Guide to Walking the Buddha’s Eightfold Path by Jean Smith
  • DVD: Yin Yoga by Paul Grilley.


Early Bird

Till June 2, 2024 there are 5 Early Bird spots available:

  • Private Room: USD 1645
  • Semi-Private Room: USD 1525
  • Shared Two-Bedroom Loft: USD 1400
  • Private Room Couple: USD 1400


After June 2, 2024 or when Early Bird spots are filled:

  • Private Room: USD 1795
  • Semi-Private Room: USD 1675
  • Shared Two-Bedroom Loft: USD 1550
  • Private Room Couple: USD 1550

The price is per person, and is inclusive of accommodation for 6 nights, 3 buffet meals daily and full use of the Samahita Retreat facilities.

Special rate available for friend or family member who does not participate in the program.

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The Heart of Samahita is found in its impressive mix of facilities that provide the space for your experience, as well as through the food where tasty and healthy merge powerfully, and in our quality mix of guest rooms, where you can stay in the highest of standards right at the beach or find rooms to suit all budgets from beach to garden. And when here you can also paddle board, kayak and snorkel, amongst other activities. Feel free to take a tour and find out where Samahita is located.

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