In response to the the COVID-19 pandemic some retreats have moved online. Attending a retreat online is new for most of us! In practicing together online, in response to the inability to do retreats in person, we are discovering that there are also many benefits to this form: the opportunity to integrate practice directly into our home environment, the chance to create community together in this time of separation, no travel, less expense, and best of all - we can make our home our temple! Others who have given it a try, have found it surprisingly wonderful. I hope you will join us.
Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind. James Baldwin
From Compassion to Action
An online daylong retreat of meditation and wise response
June 28, 9:00 - 4:00 MDT
8 - 3:00 PDT, 10 - 5:00 CDT, 11 - 6:00 EDT. Zoom familiarization for those who desire half hour before start.
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Kirsten Rudestam
Cost: $40 - $100 ($10 fee for admin costs, the remainder is offered in support to the teachers. For this retreat, 50% of teacher fees will be donated to organizations in support of Black Lives Matter) No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Compassion is the wholesome expression of the open heart when it meets the suffering of our world. To know compassion is to care – to feel our connection with other people and with the more-than-human world. In these times we are asked to come to terms with the devastating effects of our racial history, our environmentally disastrous greed, and the immediate difficulties of Covid-19. It is in facing these challenges that our hearts can know both our tenderness and our strength. There is the natural desire to feel both compassion and to relieve the suffering.
In this daylong retreat, we will explore through meditation, dharma talks, connection with others and engaged practice, how to know and allow the natural movement of our hearts. There will be periods of silent practice as well as invitations to take action, such as making a phone call, writing a letter, donating to a cause, and finding your own inspiration to act. Through mindfulness, we will explore the emotions, resistances, hindrances, and wholesome qualities that arise in considering and enacting compassionate response. What arises when we are moved to do something, to move off the cushion, out of silent meditation and take our practice into action?
Below are some race resources you can begin to look at. Prior to the retreat, we will send additional resources on other topics, and the zoom link. We ask that you spend 30 minutes prior to the retreat exploring responses in a topic that moves you.
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
A Trio of Mini-Retreats with Susie as we move into winterAll are online 3 hour mini-retreats with dharma reflections, meditation, inquiry and time for questions and responses.
Steady in the Storm: Equanimity in challenging times
Saturday Nov 7th, 9am - 12 am MT, 8am - 11 am PT
Loving What is: Opening our Heart to Everyday Experience
Sunday Nov 29th, 9am - 12 am MT, 8am - 11 am PT
Joy is Possible: Choosing Delight as a Practice
Sunday December 20th, 9am - 12 am MT, 8am - 11 am PT
Suggested Donation: $20 - $50: $10 is administrative fee, any amount above that is support for Susie for offering the teachings. Suggested Donation for series of three mini-retreats: $50 - $120. And, pay as you are able; no donation is required.
Registration for any or all of these retreats: