Wisdom Practices for Lawyers:

Nature is the Best Teacher

October 26-29, 2023

Statue in woods

This experiential learning retreat and CLE includes yoga, meditation, guided visualization and practical approaches for energy management to maximize personal and professional effectiveness and competence in law practice.

Approved for 14 hours dual credit CLE in TN. Space is consciously limited. Individual lodging available on first come, first served basis. All accommodations include local, organic vegetarian meals, sauna, cold dip, natural stone hot tub, all on 400 acres with nature trails and waterfalls.

All inclusive registration is $1500 for shared accommodation. Workshop discounted at early bird rate of $1195 if paid in full by Sept. 22nd. Space is consciously limited. To reserve your place please register by sending your payment to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Late registration fee increases to $1500. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

Check is preferred, Venmo, PayPal, all major credit cards are accepted. Upon registry form being received, you will be contacted for your choice of lodging and payment preference.

Workshop Sign-up Form

We'll begin with guests arriving Thursday (4-6pm arrival). Dinner is served at 6:00pm; followed by orientation and opening circle. We finish our retreat on Sunday with closing circle, lunch, and checkout at 2:00pm. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the Nashville airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.


Cindy Pensoneau

Cindy Pensoneau, JD, YTT

Cindy practices as a lawyer, mediator, coach, yoga teacher, and wellness presenter/speaker. Along with her family law practice, Cindy coaches and presents to individuals and companies with her business partner, retired Judge Steve Hornsby, on professional and well-being development in their business, Summa Vita.

She is frequent presenter on other topics, including Collaborative law practice, Mindful Communication, and mindfulness.

Cindy has practiced yoga for over 25 years and recently earned her 500- hour YTT certification. She has been teaching yoga for 13 years. She became a Certified Life Coach in 2022. Cindy lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her quickly growing pre-teen son and entertaining dog, Buddy.


Steven Hornsby

Judge Steven C. Hornsby, J.D., C.L.C

At age 16, Steve Hornsby graduated from an intensive mindfulness program that taught meditation, creative visualization, brain wave science and ways to apply these in everyday life. This began a lifelong mindfulness practice and exploration of human development and the nature of consciousness. He coaches individuals and leads workshops and retreats that focus on living a mindful life, leadership development and creating a conscious organization.

In addition to his academic degrees, Steve holds dual coaching certifications in leadership and life coaching, is a graduate of the Silva Method (mindful awareness) and a trained Circle Process facilitator.


Chris Coniaris

Chris Coniaris

A yoga teacher for 25 years with over 40 years of meditation and 30 years of hatha yoga experience.  Chris masterfully weaves philosophy and yogic psychology into his passionate lectures. He is a champion for any student to experience the full potential of yoga's ability to awaken human nature from habitual patterns to vibrant living. His classes emphasize the importance of breathing in hatha yoga and he skillfully teaches pranayama and meditation to all levels. 

Chris is a nomadic yoga teacher.  Often traveling the USA in his van teaching small groups.  Staying for a day or a few months and returning periodically.  Chris loves to enjoy outdoor activities and connect sincerely with his students/friends.  His concise, practical explanations and enthusiasm inspire students to deepen their own yoga experience. His lifelong interest in philosophy, the outdoors, and athletics influence his teaching. He has taught in Oregon's State Correctional Institutions over many years.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

Read more about Gray Bear.

Workshop Sign-up Form