Date: November 8, 2020. 10:00am - 4:30pm Sliding Scale: $45-$200. Code ES1D20. Please Note: This retreat is now offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as
Date: November 8, 2020. 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliding Scale: $45-$200. Code ES1D20.
Please Note: This retreat is now offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.
“Fill yourself with the Dharma.
When you are as full as the full moon – burst open
Make the dark night shine”
~ From the First Free Women: Poems of early Buddhist nuns by Weingast
How do we practice in a way that is aligned with the rhythms of nature? How can Dharma practice serve to unearth buried aspects of ourselves that are essential to an integrated awakening process while empowering feminine and intuitive ways of knowing?
At the heart of the Dharma is a profound understanding of the nature of change. In these times of unprecedented uncertainty with the global pandemic, social uprisings and climate catastrophes, the Dharma offers us insight and practices to meet change with dignity.
In this retreat, we will explore this foundational teaching of impermanence through the lenses of two ancient wisdom traditions: Buddhism and Celtic Mythology. We will learn how the symbol of the moon is an ever-present reminder of this cyclical, changing nature. And like the moon, we will (re)discover how to reclaim our seat in our more than human global community as an illuminating embodiment of change, shining our light to the world.
We will offer poems from first Buddhist nuns, The Therigatha and the old Celtic Myth, The Buried Moon as translated by Sharon Blackie in “If Women Rose Rooted” as a frame for this exploration. Together, we will delve into the intimacy of silent meditation
practice with the support of community. We will encourage practice outdoors, inquiry, and close the day with song, dance, and celebration.
All genders are welcome.
Erin Selover, MFT
Jessica is the executive director and lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). Jessica has attended longer retreats in Asia and the US, and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her published works range from the chapter ‘Ordinary Awakening’ in Blue Jean Buddha to Conflict Resolution of the Boruca Hydro-Energy Project: Renewable Energy Production in Costa Rica. She combined these areas of passion in an article in the Shambhala Sun, Bodhi Trees, about the relevance of Buddhist practice to heal our relationship with the natural world. She loves yoga, being outside and dancing in any form.