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Stop Trying: Posture and Pain-Relief without Effort – Holy Cross Monastery June 16-18th

June 16 - June 18



Join this summer weekend retreat in the Hudson Valley, which combines the body wisdom of the Alexander Technique with the healing and stabilizing power of mindfulness. Learn:

  • How the body was designed to be supported with ease.
  • How to stop struggling against your own pain and habits.
  • How to calm your nervous system and truly focus.
  • To stop the mental patterns that make your pain and stress worse.
  • How self-compassion actually improves pain and anxiety.

Led by Dan Cayer, a highly experienced Alexander Technique meditation teacher, this retreat will teach you how true pain relief and sustainable posture are not the result of struggle and vigilance. In fact, our efforts to micromanage our pain and posture only make things worse. You will learn how to tap into your body’s natural structure and wisdom through group exercises, individual hands-on adjustments, and restorative postures.

Creating an attitude of openness and curiosity paves the way for true healing. By learning to not micromanage our body, we discover our body’s natural intelligence and posture. The Alexander Technique and mindfulness will be applied to help you directly contact innate healthiness and ease, without having to try to be ‘better.’ These are practices and an attitude shift that you can take with you long after the retreat. The goal is not to stay the same forever, rather that when we stop resisting the present moment, we truly begin to change.



Dan Cayer is a New York City-based teacher and writer who is committed to helping others change habitual patterns, find freedom from pain, and create a sane relationship with their body. He received his teaching certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique. He is a longtime meditator in trained instructor. After a serious injury left Dan unable to work or take care of himself, he began studying the Alexander Technique. His return to health, as well as his deep experience with the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of pain, inspired him to help others. Dan now teaches an integration of mindfulness and the Alexander Technique as a method of recovering balance and well-being. Dan was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and his writing has appeared on Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, and Pain Pathways magazine.




Holy Cross Monastery and Guesthouse is nestled on 26 magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River. Holy Cross was chosen for its peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. While attending the retreat, you may enjoy the sweeping views of the river, hiking trails, and gardens.

Each participant will have a private room. Three hearty meals daily prepared by the Monastery chef (trained at the famed Culinary Institute of America) are included.

Friday, June 16-18th

Resident: $395 (includes private room, board intuition)

Commuter: $295 (includes lunch and dinner daily, and tuition)


Registration due by May 15. Please contact dan@fluidmovementnyc.com or 212-641-0108 to register.

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June 16
June 18


Dan Cayer


Holy Cross Monastery
1615 Route 9W
West Park, 12493
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