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Welcome to Hotel Del Sol, a family-friendly hotel celebrating the colorful West Coast spirit. Palm trees and a sparkling pool are the heart of our 1950s motor lodge that's been transformed into a boutique hotel.
Let yourself fully ripen in this healing afternoon retreat combining the nourishing practice of restorative yoga with the gentle, upright presence of Zen meditation.
Entering the late summer season, it’s time to prepare for the final harvests of the growing season, and begin our transition into the cooler, quieter season of autumn. Inviting the mind to realign with our present experience of body and breath, we will explore a variety of gentle movement sequences and supported postures to encourage relaxed and supple tissues, effortless breath, awakened spine, and deep rest. From the ground of relaxed body-mind, we will transition into seated meditation practice during the second half of our retreat, learning to use props effectively to support a balanced and vibrant posture. Our retreat will finish with tea and encouragement towards maintaining balance as we enjoy the harvests of our daily lives and prepare for the autumn equinox.
Erin Merk is a Zen priest and teacher of yoga. She received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005, and served as “head student” at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2012. Erin first came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1999, following her graduation from Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program.
Since 2006 Erin has been a faculty member at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, directing the school’s Body-Mind Education program and teaching yoga, mindfulness, and health classes to teens. A practicing yogini and yoga teacher for many years, Erin graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at Yoga Room Berkeley and earned certification as a Relax and Renew™ trainer from Judith Hanson Lasater. She is currently delighted to be exploring Egoscue™ and Yoga with Patricia Sullivan.