Charming, rustic, and alive with the silence of the heart, Body Dharma at Jikoji reflects the nature preserve and Zen practice environment into which it is nested. Hidden nine miles above Saratoga, our serene canyon provides a peaceful respite from the rigors of urban life. Living here on this land offers inspiration to cultivate a different kind of spa experience which grows organically out of the ground we live with. A ten minute walk along the trail to the top of the ridge after a yoga class will carry you to stunning sunset against panoramic vistas. A longer escape can be found in our bucolic accommodations that reflect the simplicity of Zen. Silicon Valley residents and those coming from far away can find tranquil escape in our arboreal setting designed to drop us into true nature. A call, wild and deep, of towering forests and ancient stone caves offer us an uncommon beauty and sacred spirituality in which we all burgeon. Out of this beauty this offering is born.
At Body Dharma, experience the rejuvenation of our Zen spa in the woods and find respite in the mindfulness offerings designed to nourish your inner life that render this retreat unique.
We offer Zendo Yoga on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 5:50. Our suggested donation is $12. We invite you to join us for evening Zazen meditation following at 6:00.
With breath as a touchstone, our practice offers a direct understanding, and more importantly, experience, of the present moment. In Zazen we discover what is available before thinking.
The body is a gift through which we are presented with the possibility of realizing our true nature. When we take care of it, we honor a sacred vehicle for this amazing opportunity.
The invisible formlessness in which we all arise, the mystery that breathes us all in and out moment after moment, this is the realm of the spirit. It connects the body and the mind, and from it creativity sounds.
Nourish your whole self with a specialized retreat weekend individually tailored for your body and being. Receive four sessions of your choosing daily each afternoon. Harmonize the energies of breath and body through a spinal-based series of yoga postures sequenced to awaken your spine and revitalize your body in our bliss yoga therapy offering, designed to release the issues in your tissues and stretch your mind to uncover your true radiance. Take a mid-afternoon bath in the rays of the sun as reiki light is channelled into your body inspiring deeper relaxation and renewal in Jikoji's room dedicated to the divine feminine. Explore the mind-body connection through education about the sustaining power of complete nutrition, having an attitude of gratitude, and trusting the body's inherent wisdom and discover the joy of intuitive eating. Join us for a walk along one of our nature preserve trails and talk about the things closest to your heart. Build skills toward constructive and compassionate communication - an inner and outer dialogue. Or, for a more active, somatic experience, enjoy a yogi's yoga session on our ridgetop, bowing, folding, opening, and acknowledging the source of original light that lives within and without and reclaiming your body as the sun dips into the mountains beyond the forest folds. Follow the woodland switchback trail that wends its way back down the mountain in joyful return to our community and join us for simply sitting, the practice which forms the touchstone of Body Dharma's commitment to nourishing the whole person. Steep a while in mindfulness practice and you could experience enhanced overall feelings of wellbeing, the transformation of stress, and an awakening to moment-to-moment direct sensory experience.
Choose from our selection of body-based treatments created to enrich your mind-body experience and take you into the heart of your yearning for interpersonal and intrapersonal growth and connection.