Yoga and Meditation Retreats in Texas
May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day)

Register

Cost: $445 ($395 prior to April 12th)

To register by credit card: please email charles@yogateacher.com with your contact information and specify which retreat you are registering for. Then click on the “Pay Now” button below. Fill in the amount you are paying in the box marked “Unit Price” and click “Update Totals” before proceeding to pay. If you have any difficulty, please let me know.

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To register by check: please make check payable to Charles MacInerney, and return with your:

  • Name
  • Work & Home Phone Numbers
  • E-Mail Address
  • Mailing Address and Zip Code
  • Emergency Contact (name, email and phone #)

and send to Charles MacInerney Expanding Paradigms 5803 Westmont Austin, TX 78731. If registering for more than one person, please include their contact information as well.

Refund Policy: Registrants who have paid in full are entitled to a 75% refund with a minimum of 7 days notice of cancellation. The remaining balance of 25% can be applied towards a future retreat.

Overview

MAC at nightThe retreat explores yoga as a lifestyle rather than just an exercise routine. Although Charles is best known as a Hatha Yoga instructor, his favorite yoga and his path of choice is Raja Yoga. “Raja” means “king.” Raja Yoga is called the Royal Path. It consists of eight separate areas of practice that penetrate and encompass all aspects of life.

Charles has been leading Yoga retreats in Texas since 1992.

Cost: $445 ($395 if paid 30 days prior to the start of the retreat).

margaretaustin.friends.1Fee includes: Lodging, meals, classes, workshops, handouts, and materials/supplies. Fee does not include: Travel expenses and massage therapy. Registration is limited and often sells out early, so be sure to register ASAP. To check on space availability or other information, please send e-mail to charles@yogateacher.com

Schedule

The retreat starts at 7 pm Friday evening and ends at 3 pm on Sunday.

The schedule follows a simple routine throughout the weekend. Hatha Yoga and a guided relaxation is followed by meditation. Then we gather for a meal. Afterwards there is free time, then a workshop and discussion group, followed by more asana, meditation, and another meal.

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The first workshop will provide an overview of Raja Yoga as a way of life. Each subsequent workshop will cover one or more of the eight limbs beginning with Yamas on Saturday morning and finishing with Samadhi on Sunday afternoon.
Yamas (5 Abstinences)
Niyamas (5 Observances)
Hatha Yoga (Control of the physical body)
Pranayama (Control of the breath)
Pratyahara (Control of the senses)
Dharana (Control of the mind)
Dhyana (Meditation)
Samadhi (Illumination)

These workshops are highly experiential which is essential for participants to be able to absorb and integrate the information and exercises into their lives.

Please note that Texas weather can be unpredictable, so allowances will be made to the schedule if needed.

Topics

Topics Covered

Discussions: Raja Yoga and the Eight-fold Path; Yamas & Niyamas; the Seven Chakras.

Workshops: Pranayama & The Science of Breath; Visualization; Biofeedback; Creativity; Mind-Mapping; Concentration and The Mind/Body Connection.

relaxingHatha Yoga: Six Hatha Yoga classes. Charles is often assisted by other yoga teachers. This allows for more personal attention for participants during the retreat. All levels of student, from beginners to advanced students and teachers will be catered to.

Meditation: Eight meditation sessions including Working, Walking, Eating, Somatic, Sense Withdrawal, Perfected Master, and Detached Observation.

All levels are welcome to attend, and participation in all activities is optional.

A recent yoga retreat included four students with no prior experience, thirteen beginning-to-intermediate-level students, and two yoga teachers. All of the participants found the experience challenging, yet even the absolute beginners felt comfortable and safe as they explored the world of yoga for the first time.

Retreat Facilities

Facilities

bluebonnets1The Margaret Austin Center is located in central Texas on 40 acres of farmland near Chappell Hill midway between Austin and Houston on Highway 290. The land includes several fields and pastures, a bamboo stand, a creek and eight acres of woods. There are two dormitories, one for men and couples, and one for women only. Both have air-conditioning and modern bathrooms.

Although the facilities can accommodate up to 60 guests, we will have far fewer participants to ensure a spacious weekend. Camping sites are also available for those who wish to sleep out doors.

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The main house was designed in the 1960s by a collaboration of architectural students from the University of Houston. It has a community kitchen and dining hall especially designed for retreats, and offers wonderful views of pasture and woods. All six meals will be vegetarian and delicious! Meals are a highlight of these retreats. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with sufficient notice.

Shown in the picture above is the yoga and meditation studio in the early morning fog. The studio has a wood floor and has picture windows looking out over the fields to catch the sunrise.

Meals

Meals are a highlight of these retreats. All meals are vegetarian and delicious! Charles usually likes to cook the Friday evening meal and Saturday breakfast.

The subsequent meals are catered.

Meals are served in the dining room, which has wonderful natural lighting from skylights and large windows on 3 sides with wonderful views of the surrounding meadows, woods, and bamboo gardens.

During meals, students quickly make friends, and find themselves engaged is wonderful conversations.

Massage

We will have at least one massage therapist on staff who will be offering their services at the special retreat at discounted rates.

For those students who would like to receive a massage but do not want to miss any of the retreat workshops and classes, special appointments may be available on Friday afternoon, prior to the start of the retreat, or Sunday after 3 p.m. following the close of the retreat. Contact Charles to set up an appointment.

What to Expect

What to Expect

Allow about 2 hours for driving time from Austin, Texas, or 1 1/2 hours from downtown Houston, Texas. Please try to arrive between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday evening so that you will have time to fill out necessary paperwork, unpack and settle in. If you know you will be arriving later that 8 p.m. please let us know.

We will share a light Dinner at 8 p.m. We will start our first workshop on Mind Mapping at 8:30 p.m. and follow up with a ‘get acquainted’ activity.

The retreat will officially last until 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and facilities must be vacated by 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. In case of an emergency you can be reached at (800) 836-4757, but try to avoid unnecessary calls to this number as it disturbs any classes in progress.

Center: The Margaret Austin Center is located in Central Texas, midway between Austin and Houston, TX. The buildings are grouped near the center of a 40-acre tract that includes along its western border a creek and 8 acres of woods. The building site was chosen for its sheltering cluster of tall native pecan trees and its view of gently rolling hills to the east. The first building constructed (1969) was a delightful experiment in architectural form that served as a weekend house for Margaret Austin. As buildings were added – a small barn, a meditation hall, a second farmhouse, a community kitchen and dining hall – oaks and other trees were planted, creating today a sizable grove surrounded by meadows.

Food: 6 meals will be provided starting with a light meal Friday night, through lunch on Sunday. The meals will be vegetarian, but should more than satisfy most appetites. In the spirit of healthy pleasures I do not wish to deprive any one, so if there is anything you would like to bring, like coffee or snacks, please do. If you have special dietary needs please let me know in advance so we can make arrangements.

Format of Retreat: Charles has set up a 3 day schedule of Yoga Classes, Lectures, Workshops, Meditation Sessions, meals and Free Time which will be included in your hand out packet when you arrive. Please feel free to participate or pass on any or all of the events as your interest, energy and mood dictates. Some times a massage, a nap, or a walk might seem more appropriate than a yoga class or a workshop. We will also encourage group discussion. Often the best insights come from the participants themselves.

Massage Therapy: We will have one or two registered massage therapists joining us for the weekend who will offer therapeutic massage for $75/hr. Be sure and bring cash or check for massage if you are interested. a text block. Click the edit button to change this text..

What to Bring

What to Bring

You will need to bring the following:
Out door clothing for walking;
Comfortable clothing for Yoga Classes;

Yoga ‘sticky mat’ if you have one;
Any Yoga props you like to use;

Sheets, warm blankets (or sleeping bag) & pillows for twin bed;
Towels and toiletries (including soap);
Flashlight.

Optional items are:
pen and paper for taking notes;
camera;
musical instruments;
insect repellant;
umbrella (just in case);
recreational equipment (frisbee, binoculars etc.);
hammock;
coffee, or snacks;
floor pillows for main meeting room;
your own meditation stool or blanket;
books that you would like to share with others.

Books: We will set up a table with a wide range of books and magazines relating to yoga, spirituality, meditation, philosophy, fiction etc. Participants will be free to borrow any of these books, but must return them to the table when not in use. If you have a favorite book or books you would like to share for the duration of the retreat, please write your name on the inside cover and bring them with you to add to the collection.

Keep in mind that Texas weather is unpredictable, so pack accordingly.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or requests please call me at (512) 459-2267, or email at charles@yogateacher.com I look forward to seeing you at the retreat soon. Namaste’

Directions

Directions

Margaret Austin Center
6650 Trackside Rd
Chappell Hill, Texas 77426
(800) 836-4757

From Austin, Texas on Hwy 290
Travel time from Austin, Texas is approximately 1.5 hours

Travel Hwy 290 East to Brenham.
As you enter Brenham, take Route 36 South Bellville/Houston 290 loop to the RIGHT.
Stay on Hwy 290 East and go about 9 miles past Brenham to stop light in Chappell Hill.
Pass through the light in Chappell Hill, continuing straight for another 1.8 miles.
Turn right on TRACKSIDE ROAD (small green highway sign). Go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.

From Dallas, TX on Interstate 35
Travel time is approximately 4.5 – 5 hours from the intersection of Hwy 190 and Interstate 35

Take Interstate 35 South toward Waco.
Past Waco is Temple; take Exit 299 and turn left at the first light to follow Highway 190/36 toward Cameron.
Past Cameron is Milano. Just South of Milano, Highways 190 and 36 split. Highway 36 heads South to Caldwell. There is a flea market on your left and a traffic light right in front of you at that turn. The first thing you see on Highway 36 at the turn is a railroad bridge.
Follow Highway 36 all the way to Brenham. You will see signs for Brenham once you reach Caldwell. Stay on 36 — it will merge with 290 East. Do not take business 290 when it veers off to the left just outside Brenham and do not take the exit for 290 West to Austin. Highway 36 merges smoothly with 290, curving to the left around Brenham.
Stay on Hwy 290 East and go about 9 miles past Brenham to stop light in Chappell Hill.
Pass through the light in Chappell Hill, continuing straight for another 1.8 miles.
Turn right on TRACKSIDE ROAD. (Small green highway sign.) Go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.

From Dallas, TX on Interstate 45
Travel time is approximately 4.5-5 hours from Interstate 635 & Dallas North Tollway (Galleria)

Travel Southeast on Interstate 45 to Huntsville, approximately 185 miles.
In Huntsville, go southwest on Texas 30 to Roans Prairie, approximately 27 miles.
In Roans Prairie, go southwest on Texas 90 to Navasota, approximately 17 miles.
In Navasota go South approximately 22 miles on Texas 6 to Hempstead bypass.
At bypass, go west on US 290.
2.5 miles beyond the Brazos River turn left onto TRACKSIDE ROAD. Your first landmark is the Brazos River. Then you will see a large white stone sign saying “Welcome to Washington County.” The Chappell Hill Meat Market is your next landmark, on your right. Not to far after that, you will see “Log Homes” on your left, including three model homes. Get in the left lane. There are three left turn turn-ins, one at the bottom of the hill where the Log Homes are, and two at the top of the hill. Take the second turn-in at the top of the hill, and that’s Trackside Road (there is a small green sign on the right of the highway, but it’s hard to see).
If you reach a traffic light, (in Chappell Hill) you’ve passed the turn-off to Trackside Road.
Turn around and go back 1.8 miles from the light back east to Trackside Road.
On Trackside Road, go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.

From Houston,Texas on Hwy 290
The Center is located approximately 65 miles from downtown Houston, Texas. The drive time is approximately one hour and twenty minutes.

Travel Hwy 290 West through the town of Hempstead. Stay on Hwy 290.
2.5 miles beyond the Brazos River, turn left onto TRACKSIDE ROAD. Your first landmark is the Brazos River. Then you will see a large white stone sign saying “Welcome to Washington County.” The Chappell Hill Meat Market is your next landmark, on your right. Not too far after that, you will see “Log Homes” on your left, including three model homes. Get in the left lane. There are three left turn turn-ins, one at the bottom of the hill where the Log Homes are, and two at the top of the hill. Take the second turn-in at the top of the hill, and that’s Trackside Road (there is a small green sign on the right of the highway, but it’s hard to see).
If you reach a traffic light (Chappell Hill), you’ve passed the turnoff to Trackside Road. Turn around and go back 1.8 miles from the light back toward Houston to Trackside Road.
On Trackside Road, go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.

From Houston, Texas on Interstate 10
The Center is located approximately 65 miles from downtown Houston, Texas. The drive time is approximately one hour and forty-five minutes.

Take I-10 West toward San Antonio to the Brookshire/Hwy 359 exit (Exit 732).
Follow Hwy 359 North (it winds straight, left, and right through Brookshire) to Hwy 290 (go past the business 290 cut off, which leads to Hempstead).
Take Hwy 290 West (left).
2.5 miles beyond the Brazos River, turn left onto TRACKSIDE ROAD. Your first landmark is the Brazos River. Then you will see a large white stone sign saying “Welcome to Washington County.” The Chappell Hill Meat Market is your next landmark, on your right. Not too far after that, you will see “Log Homes” on your left, including three model homes. Get in the left lane. There are three left turn turn-ins, one at the bottom of the hill where the Log Homes are, and two at the top of the hill. Take the second turn-in at the top of the hill, and that’s Trackside Road (there is a small green sign on the right of the highway, but it’s hard to see).
If you reach a traffic light (in Chappell Hill), you’ve passed the turnoff to Trackside Road. Turn around and go back 1.8 miles from the light back towards Houston to Trackside Road.
On Trackside Road, go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.

From San Antonio, TX on Interstate 10
Travel time is approximately 3 hours from San Antonio, Texas.

Take I-10 East toward Houston to the Sealy/Hwy 36 exit (Exit 720). Travel time is approximately 2.25 hours from San Antonio.
Take Hwy 36 North (left) at Sealy to Brenham.
Turn East (right) on Hwy 290 in Brenham.
Go about 9 miles past Brenham to stop light in Chappell Hill.
Pass through the light in Chappell Hill, continuing straight for another 1.8 miles.
Turn right on TRACKSIDE ROAD (small green highway sign). Go 1.6 miles to the gate of the Margaret Austin Center. The road winds. At 1.6 miles, it makes a 90 degree turn to your left; the Center is right in front of you, on the right hand side of the road as it turns.ext block. Click the edit button to change this text..

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