Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Permission to Exhale

Brooke Binstock, Marissa Knox and Kelly Lindsey

September 18–23, 2022

Tuition $350 + 5 nights

Kelly Lindsey


Brooke Binstock


Come home to yourself. Give yourself permission to say YES to a spacious retreat designed to nurture your body, heart, and mind. Connect with your heartfelt knowing through embodied practices inspired by sacred wisdom traditions. The daily schedule will include guided meditation, yoga, bodywork, and time in nature, while being held in community. Throughout the retreat you will be invited to surrender into softness and honor your needs and desires. You will leave this retreat feeling open, rested, and ready to move through the world with more gentleness and ease.


7:30 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Meditation, Contemplation, and Yoga

12:30 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Stupa Tour, Guided Hike, BodyWork Sessions, Rest

6:30 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra


Marissa Knox

These optional offerings will be available for an additional fee. You may sign up during the retreat.

Therapeutic Massage and Body Wisdom Sessions with Brooke

60 minute therapeutic massage – $125

90 minute therapeutic massage – $150

Body Wisdom Session – $250.  The body and mind are intricately connected. In this 2-hour session, get to know yourself more deeply. Experience an array of body-centered modalities steeped in self-compassion. Carry these tools with you into your everyday life so that you may embody a greater state of calm.

Please review our current COVID-19 policy before visiting DMC.



(from left) Brooke Binstock, Marissa Knox, Kelly Lindsey

Brooke Binstock

Brooke Binstock is a Licensed Social Worker, writer, massage therapist, and founder of Open Circle Healing, a wellness initiative rooted in body based self-care practices. Through her work, she is dedicated to cultivating a nonjudgmental approach to being human. Her teaching style is warm, grounded, compassionate, intuitive and body-centered. She encourages her clients and students to come home to themselves in a gentle, spacious and loving way.

Marissa Knox

Marissa C. Knox, PhD is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, researcher, and writer focused on supporting others to cultivate resilience, live with integrity, and embody compassionate wisdom. She is the author of g.r.a.c.e. and possibility, a book of poetry, contemplations, and self-reflective writing practices. In Marissa’s teaching and writing, she invites you to nurture a deeper connection to your wholeness, nature, and the miracle, mystery, and magic available in every moment.

Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey is a mother, meditation teacher, and somatic psychotherapist.Kelly’s meditative journey began more than twenty years ago and has included many different styles of practice and paths of study. Having received formal instruction in different lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and Classical Indian Yoga, Kelly has found a wonderful integration of deep practice and study realized in the context of everyday life. All of the spiritual teachings she has received have culminated in one primary lesson: how to live in the world with an open heart.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.