Sunday Morning Silence

THE INNER VOICE RETREAT

Amazing, transformative, insightful experience. I feel like I am breathing fresh air after this and have renewed energy to continue working toward creating a life I love. Thank you!

Meli B.

Thank you so much! I really appreciate your dedication and all your knowledge you shared. You inspired and helped me open myself to the possibilities and believe in my future self.

Elsa

The LOGISTICS and FAQs

VENUE

99 Walk Score, 90 Transit Score, 82 Bike Score

KOKOBÉRNA Boutique

900 N Michigan Avenue

Level 5 (next to Bloomingdale's)

Chicago, IL 60611

PARKING

3-hour validated parking is available at a discounted rate of $10 with your purchase. Parking entry at 45 E. Walton or 911 N. Rush.

As an amenity, 900 Michigan Shops offers car charging stations and bicycle racks located on the 1st Floor of the parking complex.

Come, meditate, and meander over to The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on the 7th Floor for an elevated brunch experience at Adorn... all without moving your car.

NOTE

For the summer months and through the fall season, as needed, we may transition this mindfulness experience to a virtual environment so it is accessible to our clients worldwide.

 

About Belinda

A seasoned Wall Street corporate mergers & acquisitions banker and serial entrepreneur, Belinda Kǒkóèkà Bassey Ephraim is founder of kokoberna.com - an integrative beauty and luxury wellness e-commerce startup, meditator, speaker, Reiki master, and certified holistic health coach.

A meditator for over fourteen years, Ephraim's formal meditation training has been under the guidance of extraordinarily bright, heart-centered teachers in a rich school of secular meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist meditation. Her curious nature gives her the unique ability to intelligently connect disparate disciplines to create a thriving meditation practice that has withstood the test of time.

Her learnings sharing meditation comes from her own life experience where meditation not only helped her heal but catapulted her into manifesting a life filled with meaning, purpose, compassion, optimal health, joy, and awakening.

In fact, meditation is her favorite thing because it is the one thing that gives meaning to all the other things she loves. Sharing this with those who are curious and can integrate what they learn is a joy.

You can expect:
- Structured silence
- Expert facilitation
- Grounded guidance
- Seated and walking meditations
- Active mindfulness tea break
- Opportunity to journal your experience
- Breaking of the silence to share our joys, our difficulties, and our questions relating to the practice of mindfulness and discipline of meditation
- Reflection prompts to practice loving speech and deep listening
- Beautiful, elegant space and supportive community

Everyone that needs this support in their lives (personal and professional) are welcome to join us; whether that’s for one session or a series.

ON COMFORT

Our meeting place has a natural marble floor and provides chairs.

We are invited to bring our own mats and cushions or benches if we want to sit on the floor.

We are asked to leave our street footwear outside the boutique.

If someone has environmental sensitivities, they will let the facilitator know and we will refrain from burning incense or scented candles.

Meditating in community is not a time to suffer, so comfort is important.

We are all encouraged to take responsibility for our own well-being and to communicate our needs to the facilitator, within consideration for others.

YOU MAY BRING

- A light shawl or jacket
- A pair of socks to keep feet warm
- Arrive comfortably dressed
- You... ready to begin

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 26
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 14
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 28
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 9
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 23
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, November 13
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, November 27
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sunday, December 11

No refunds or credits for any reason when booked through Eventbrite.

When booked here on our website, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you must reschedule or cancel your registration, you may do so 24 hours in advance to avoid being fully charged. Note: No refunds, credits, or ​exceptions will be made.

Come when you can, stay for the whole session, or leave when you need to. All are welcome, including children accompanied by a parent.

Your experience is your time, and you should delight in it to the fullest. To enhance your experience, please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled class time. This will allow for relaxation, grounding, and centering. We respectfully ask, upon entry, that all telephones and electronics be placed in airplane mode upon arrival and all notifications turned off.

However, registration will close one hour prior to the class. Please try to be on time in respect for the community. The session will be locked at 10:15 am (Central Time/US), and you will not be able to enter after that time.

Seated meditation is best practiced first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and preferably considering the following conditions:

- 8 hours after a cigarette

- 8 hours after consuming alcohol

- 4 hours after a full meal

- 3 hours after a snack

- 2 hours after a beverage, excluding water. To be clear, water can be consumed prior to, and after, your meditation session

- Reduce stress and anxiety

- Calm your mind and be more present

- Ease depression, reduce the fear response

- Empathize, listen, and relate to others better

- Prioritize self-care, self-love, and
self-compassion

- Embrace servant and transformational leadership

- Activate alpha waves, enhance creativity, get in flow

- Stronger immune system, slow aging, improve well-being

A seated meditation is like returning home. To give full attention to and care for our self. Like the peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We let our mind become spacious and our heart soft and kind. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Not able to join us in person? Purchase the guided meditation album below.

CLARITAS: CLARITY Guided Meditation

Regular price$3.99
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CLARITAS: CLARITY Guided Meditation is a specially arranged guided visualization and meditation for deeply relaxing into manifesting the life you deserve.

Using binaural beats to activate a mix of alpha + theta + delta brain wave activity and enhance synchronicity of left and right sides of the brain, you might notice your ability to deeply relax, release anxiety, and restore calmness. Doing so enables you to improve alignment between the body + mind + spirit™, get crystal clear on the abundant future you are manifesting, and enhance the beauty and grace of how you choose to show up and positively impact the world for the highest good of all.

I invite you to expand your energies by listening to this guided visualization and meditation daily for 60 days and watch it do its magic. You'll walk away with clarity, new found motivation, and action steps for how to intuitively move forward in life.

45:00 minutes long. Available as an MP3 download and to listen online.

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