Center for Creative Inquiry

Being Fully Present

A retreat at Ratna Ling Retreat Center

with Jack Petranker and Ignacio Ercole

For many of us with busy and fast-paced lives, we find that feelings of stress, overwhelm, irritation, or anger arise more frequently than we would like. This causes strain in our relationships at home and at work. The antidote for difficult and damaging emotions is the practice of becoming fully present, finding our breath and being with what is actually happening in this moment, open to our sense of past and future, but not trapped by them.

In this retreat, we explore ways to be fully present with the now. We will draw on practices that engage body, mind, and spirit. We first ground ourselves in our body, work with our breathing, explore our senses of hearing and seeing, and then identify the stories we are telling ourselves. We begin to analyze the thoughts and emotions that build up around these stories.

Through contemplation and movement, time spent in nature, and sharing our time together, we will learn to become more fully alive. We will activate a new way of experiencing that starts with relaxation and the joy of discovery and deepens naturally into compassion and calmness.

If you feel like you could use more peace in your life, find more resources for healing your relations, and learn more about who you are, come join us on this retreat!

This retreat includes:


-Practices for Being Fully Present

-Kum Nye – Tibetan Yoga

-Time in Nature

-Group Discussion

Schedule (Subject to Change):

3pm Check-in
5:30pm Dinner
7:30-9pm Welcome & Introductions
7am Kum Nye (optional)
8am Breakfast
9-12pm Morning Session
12:15pm Lunch
2-3:30pm Afternoon Session
3:30-5pm Time in Nature
5-5:30pm Reflections
5:30pm Dinner
7-8:15 Lecture & Practice
7am Kum Nye (optional)
8-9am Review and Practice
9-10am Closing Circle
10am Brunch
12pm Checkout
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Jun 14 - 16 2024


3:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 14 - 16 2024
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 3:00 pm



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Ratna Ling Retreat Center
35755 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero, California


  • Ignacio Ercole
    Art Director

    Ignacio Ercole (they/them) is an argentine vegan queer artist, psychologist and mindfulness trainer. They have been trained as a psychodrama facilitator and contextual and mindfulness based therapy psychologist. They teach mindfulness programs for general audiences and for educators including mindful art classes and mindful eating sessions. Currently they are the art director of the Center for Creative Inquiry, the graphic designer for Mangalam Research Center and the art creative director and co-founder of Venus in Cancer.

  • Jack Petranker

    Jack Petranker (he/him) is the founder of CCI and regularly offers courses and retreats. He is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006), and has written numerous academic articles in consciousness studies, organizational change, political transformation, and the value of work as a spiritual practice. Jack holds an MA in political theory from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School. He is also the Director of Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley, CA.

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