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Samsara House 2023: If You Thought August Was Hot, Just Wait Until October!

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If You Thought August Was Hot, Just Wait Until October!

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If You Thought August Was Hot, Just Wait Until October!
Four "Heavyweights" Coming To Our Area--Save these Dates!

The month of October is going to be full of exceptional, first, and once-in-a-lifetime chances to meet four "heavyweight" teachers.  Tao Porchon-LynchDustin DiPerna and Saniel and Linda Groves-Bonder are coming to our area three separate weekend daylong and weekend retreats with Friday night intro evenings.  Save these dates on your calendar and get your tickets early, these events will sell out.
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1 OCT - A Day With the Amazing Tao Porchon-Lynch

Extraordinary leaders and teachers change the way we perceive the world. The very best lead us by their example. Tao Porchon-Lynch, master yoga teacher, 98 years-young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Tao is uniquely equipped to spread yogic insights, originating in India to westerners and is truly living proof of the effectiveness of a life-long yoga practice. Tao studied with BKS Iyengar in Bombay and Pune. She has been a member of the Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center in India since 1939 and was a disciple of Swami Prabhavananda from 1952 until his death in 1976. Remarkably, Tao marched for peace with Mahatma Gandhi.

Her colorful life of glamour and grit from French Resistance fighter, actress, fashion model, screenwriter, producer, wine judge and championship ballroom dancer brings a unique and unparalleled experience to her students.   Tao has certified and trained hundreds of yoga instructors, since founding the Westchester (New York) Institute of Yoga in 1982. Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 50 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France, England, Bali, Peru, Prague, Moscow, Toronto and throughout the U.S.
At a youthful 98, Tao brings a delightful, childlike love of life and nature to all that she does. Her current passion, in addition to yoga, is ballroom dancing and she is an award winning world-class dancer. Her presence and words inspire deep compassion and inner peace. Tao's mantra is "There is nothing you cannot do."
10:00-11:15AM : Exploring the Body As Energy
$40 preregistered, $50 at door

12:30-01:30PM : Conversation with a Master
$30 preregistered, $40 at door

02:00-04:30PM : The Eternal Energy of Yoga: Understanding the Chakras, Integrating Breath and Movement
$50 preregistered, $60 at door

Venue: East Meets West Yoga Center, Vienna Virginia

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7-8 OCT - Developing Spiritual Confidence: Harnessing Your Divine Intelligence featuring Dustin DiPerna and Bennett Crawford

With all that is going on in the world, the conflict, the stress, suffering and rapid change, we are being called to evolve in ways we have not imagined. With rapid advances in technology, and to having access to various cultures, diverse worldviews, beliefs and values in the world via the world wide web, in addition to having access to the wisdom traditions from both east and west, we are being called to awaken and ground into a “unity within diversity”- our true nature so that we can discover the spiritual confidence and intelligence needed to bring us together and bring more compassion and wisdom into the world. We are called to discover a core truth within ourselves and discover the unique gifts we have to offer so that we can really make a significant, positive impact in the world.

About the Facilitators:

Dustin DiPerna earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Religion from Harvard University. Dustin began his meditation practice in the yogic traditions. He began teaching yoga, meditation and breath-work in 2002. In 2005, Dustin began the practice of Mahamudra as a student of Dr. Daniel Brown. Shortly thereafter, Dustin began the practice of Dzogchen under the guidance of the Venerable Rahob Tulku Rinpoche.
Dustin is a visionary leader, entrepreneur, and recognized expert in world religions. American philosopher Ken Wilber has publicly declared that Dustin’s work “fundamentally alters the way in which religion or spirituality can (and should) be taught and practiced.”
Dustin has committed his life to making timeless spiritual wisdom relevant and accessible for a rapidly changing global society. He is author of three books - Streams of Wisdom, Evolution's Ally, and Earth is Eden - and is co-editor of The Coming Waves. He is founder of the publishing house Bright Alliance and co-founder of Synergy Forum.
An avid lover of art, design and nature, he lives in California with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Jaya.

Bennett Crawford is a licensed social worker who works with youth, children and families in the Northern Virginia Area. He has been working for the Fairfax County Community Services Board since 2009, as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Bennett is devoted to mindfulness and has been practicing for over 15 years. He teaches various mindfulness skills to youth and families at his place of work. Bennett has received training in facilitation and coaching, and has studied many eastern and western philosophies and practices in the field of change and transformation.

Bennett has led seminars and workshops over the years and is inspired to share with others the gifts of deeper trust, wisdom and compassion through the practice of mindfulness and mindful mutuality and how this can make such a difference in the world.

Saturday, October 8 - Fullday Workshop
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fees: $90 preregistered, $100 at the door
Venue: East Meets West Yoga Center, Vienna Virginia

Friday, October 7 - Intro Evening Program
Friday, October 7th Evening Program: An Evening with Dustin and Bennett
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fees: Suggested Donation $20
Venue: East Meets West Yoga Center, Vienna Virginia

During this evening program, you will have an opportunity to get to know Dustin and Bennett and discover the importance of developing spiritual confidence and intelligence in this world of rapid modern and postmodern change. Following this talk, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the discussion and about the daylong workshop.

We invite you to come to this transformative daylong and together we will discover this inherent goodness and realize the more we ground into our true nature the more we can come together in ways we have not dreamed possible!
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21-23 OCT - Waking Down in Mutuality Weekend Retreat with Saniel & Linda Groves-Bonder

Saniel and Linda Groves-Bonder are making an unprecedented third East Coast appearance!

Nothing online or virtual can substitute for direct, personal engagement with adepts and other practitioners of this path of mutual conscious embodiment. Big hint there: it's about embodiment! Something entirely different is given room to take place when we simply convene our bodies in rooms together to cultivate the virtues of the Way.

This year, our in-person regional weekend events are intensive retreats focused on Waking Down in Mutuality. They're sure to be tender, potent, inspiring, healing and juicy.

We will welcome as many participants as the venues can hold. We discovered in recent events a way to replace lengthy individual "Heart-Seats" with shorter personal sharing by everyone in the large group during each of the four session times. It works really well!

As always, we will have music, movement, and other experiential exercises both days. We invite everyone to bring your art, poetry, musical instruments, even playlists and other creative expressions. We'll welcome these into the sessions as potent ways of embodying Waking Down in Mutuality together!

While the retreats are open to anyone who is genuinely interested in the work, we strongly urge you to get as current as you can with our present-day communications in advance. The two other 2016 Waking Down in Mutuality Explorations are great updates on the work: the Waking Down in Mutuality Seminar and the Waking Down Recitation & Commentary course

Saturday October 22-23 - Weekend Retreat
9:00 am - 6:00 pm (5PM Sunday)

Fees: $325 for the weekend if purchased up to 1 month before the retreat, $395 afterwards. $195 for Saturday only.
Venue for weekend retreat: A Private Residence in Arlington, VA

Friday October 21 - Intro Evening
Friday, October 21st Evening Program: On the Friday evening before each retreat, there will be an introductory talk with Saniel & Linda, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Open to the General Public, Bring your friends!
Fees: Suggested Donation $20
Venue for Intro Evening: TBD

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To RSVP for October 21st Intro Evening, send e-mail to:

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About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)

What we do
Offering extraordinary experiences from the leading-edge of healing, connection and awakening. Beginner to advanced workshops and integrated programs for individuals, communities, schools and corporations. [ ... ] 

● creating space for healing, connection and awakening

● developing the ability to tap into the full potential of human life

● activating the next evolutionary level of consciousness

Guiding Principles



You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

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