Taking Refuge: Zen Beginner’s Retreat
How do you find peace in times of turmoil? In what do you take refuge?
The start of a new year can be a powerful time to get in touch with our deeper aspirations – who we would like to be and what we would like to bring forward into our lives. Sometimes this means releasing old patterns as a way to make space for new possibilities to emerge. In this weekend long retreat we’ll explore a variety of zen practices that can help shine a compassionate light onto our habituated patterns and establish conditions for living life with greater intention.
Zen practices help to bring awareness to the present moment with a non-judgmental curiosity and kindness and has been linked to:
• Decreased levels of stress, anxiety and depression
• Greater capacity to make healthy lifestyle choices
• Enhanced cognitive ability
• Improved relationships
This retreat will be held mostly in silence and include sitting meditations, walking meditations, mindfulness talks, work practice and personal reflection. All levels (beginners through experienced practitioners) are welcome. Please wear attire comfortable for sitting and gentle movement. If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring a meditation cushion or pillow and whatever other props will help you to be comfortable. Please also bring a writing implement.
Chuck "Eishin" Powers is a lay disciple at the Dharma Rain Zen Center, a
Soto Zen monastic community in Portland, OR, where he has been practicing
since 2008. A related practice that he is very passionate about is
Nonviolent Communication. A father of two and a grandfather, he currently
lives in Vancouver, WA and works by day as a CPA in private practice.
Cost is a suggested $200 for the weekend but all donations will be accepted and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Includes lodging (shared rooms) and organic meals Friday evening- Sunday Lunch. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info