Pat Carlyle, a real estate broker and a reiki master, will lead a mini-retreat at the May 5 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. The title of her program is "The power of retreat to connect with your true self."
The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion. Although the ECMS usually starts with a 30-minute silent meditation, Carlyle will lead the group with other activities, such as a guided meditation and interactive exercises.
During her talk she will describe various teachers with whom she has studied, retreat centers and styles of retreat. Some of the teachers were Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach and Eckhart Tolle.
She says she began her spiritual journey at a very young age. She spent time in the Catholic Church as a child, as a Unitarian during college, then as a Quaker as a young adult. In 1972 she read about eastern philosophies and took the transcendental meditation initiation.
She has been meditating and following a spiritual path for over 40 years. She is also a yoga dance teacher and an outdoors woman. And she loves to share the things that made a profound difference in her path.
Carlyle, who has a master's degree in organizational development and adult education from Temple University, was the executive vice president of an international consulting firm with offices in 24 countries prior to moving to Santa Rosa Beach in 2002. Her area of specialization was executive education and strategic planning.
Carlyle says she believes wholeheartedly in living a balanced life. “I moved to the beach because I was a work-a-holic and was committed to changing my lifestyle. I took up reiki, which is an ancient holistic healing technique, so I could weave together my coaching and counseling experience, my yoga dance and meditation practices, and the successful treatment of my own health challenges, to offer alternatives to my clients.”
Since her move to 30-A in 2002, she feels privileged to have studied with a number of master meditation and yoga teachers, and she is excited to share those experiences.
Carlyle was born in Pittsburgh and moved here from Washington, D.C.
The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, email@example.com.
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