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
Winter/Spring 2021, Three Mini-Retreats with SusieThese are online 3 hour mini-retreats with dharma reflections, meditation, inquiry and time for questions and responses.
The Dharma of Receptivity: Allowing the World to Flow In
Saturday February 6th, 9am - 12 am MT, 11 am - 2 pm ET, 8am - 11 am PT
The Generosity of Enough: Letting Go into Abundance
Saturday March 6th, 9am - 12 am MT, 11 am - 2 pm ET, 8am - 11 am PT
Embedded in the World: Reciprocity and Belonging
Sunday April 25th, 9am - 12 am MT, 11 am - 2 pm ET, 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 mini retreats: