Naikan is the Japanese art of self-reflection developed by Ishin Yoshimoto in Japan in the 1940’s. The word Naikan means, “looking inside”, and is essentially a gratitude practice similar to yoga, meditation, or prayer. Described as a simple practice of attention and self-reflection, Naikan is comprised of three basic components:
- Protected sacred time exclusively set aside for self-reflection;
- Isolated sacred space free of external distractions; and
- Self-reflection on the three sacred Naikan questions related to one’s relationship with significant others or the Earth.
Ideal for couples, lovers, or individuals wanting to reawaken and deepen connection with a significant other, Naikan is a beautiful and intimate reverence practice ideal for reflecting on our foremost relationships.
Held within sacred space, the afternoon retreat includes:
- Opening guided meditation for grounding and creating sacred space
- A brief introduction of Naikan and the process
- Three 20 minute silent reflection periods focused on the sacred Naikan questions, each followed by a 10 minute comfort break
- A closing reflection circle ending with tea and Japanese Gyoza dumplings
Participants are free to explore the exquisite and beautiful grounds of the historic Hakone Japanese Gardens during comfort breaks, and before and after the retreat.
Participants will receive a journal for writing in, and are encouraged to dress in layers or to bring a shawl to wear during quiet reflection periods.
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