Creating Space

A Daylong Retreat with Anne Cushman

Saturday, October 1st


San Francisco


How do we cultivate spaciousness and ease in the midst of our often busy, stressed, and overextended lives? In this day of meditation and guided mindful movement, we’ll learn practical and accessible skills to help us open into the vast inner space and calm that’s always available to us. We’ll explore our natural capacity to find peace in the midst of activity and to flow harmoniously with the rhythms and energies of our days even when things get crazy. The day will be held in “social silence” and will include sitting, standing, walking, and lying down meditation as well as gentle mindful movement and breath practices accessible to all body types. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes and bring a blanket or shawl to lie down on, as well as a bag lunch.

Open to all.

Cost: $35-75 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Anne Cushman has been practicing meditation, yoga, and creativity for over 30 years. As a writer, teacher of meditation and yoga, and mother, she emphasizes the integration of embodied contemplative practice into the chaos, magic, heartbreak, and beauty of everyday life. She directs the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and offers regular retreats,  courses, and individual mentoring  both in person and online. She is the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten First Novels” of its year; the spiritual India travel guide From Here to Nirvana; and Moving Into Meditation: A 12-Week Mindfulness Program for Yoga Practitioners. She is a former editor at Yoga Journal and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and her personal essays on contemplative practice in contemporary life have been widely published. She lives in Fairfax with her partner and their blended family: a 23-year-old daughter, a 15-year-old son, and two cats. For more information go to

This half daylong retreat will be held at Against the Stream San Francisco
2701 Folsom Street 415.695.2864