Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Awaken the Heart: Cultivate Innate Goodness --Washington Mindfulness Community

The mind-heart of love, also called bodhicitta in Sanskrit, is the desire to awaken, serve and relieve suffering. It is a tremendous source of energy for personal and collective awakening. Without it, we would not be drawn to spiritual practice or towards social transformation. We can learn to trust and cultivate our innate goodness, compassion and insight. 

This Sunday at the Washington Mindfulness Community, we will explore the power of mindfulness to help us cultivate and trust the seeds of insight, love, and solidity that have been passed down to each one of us. We will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, group discussion, and creative expression through the improvisational forms of InterPlay, an active approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body (appropriate for all bodies and abilities).

$10-15 suggested donation.

Here for more info about the schedule and venue.

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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Speaking out against Injustice with Deep Listening and Loving Speech

I am very happy to announce that on Sunday, 3rd June I will be teaching at Worldwide Insight, a unique online platform for live, interactive dharma teachings. It is free to sign up and participate in the class. I will be teaching on the theme of Speaking out against Injustice with Deep Listening and Loving Speech.

 The class is from 2-3:30pm EST, and 7-8:30pm in the UK. I hope you can join me. You can find out more at www.worldwideinsight.org, and you can share details of the class through the Worldwide Insight Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2jXkhIt.

How can we stand up for the values of social justice, inclusion, respect and dignity for all in a way that helps to heal division? How can we reach out to those who are different from us to help bridge the divide?

We will explore the power of loving speech and deep listening, the fourth of the five mindfulness trainings as offered by Thich Nhat Hanh. We will explore how our words and compassionate listening can both protest harm and promote reconciliation and peace.


 

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Apr
6
to Apr 8

COME HOME TO YOURSELF: A weekend retreat in Germantown, MD

  • Wellspring Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Organized by the Opening Heart Sangha Mindfulness Community. More info here.

Dear Friends,

There is an island within us that very much needs our care. For this year's spring retreat, Come Home to Yourself, we will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, and become aware of our breath, food, speech and actions. We will slow down and enter into a place of calm within ourselves, the environment, and each other. Through the practice of mindfulness we will learn how to nourish happiness, gratitude, good communication and serenity in our daily life. 

The retreat will be led by teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo. Kaira Jewel brings 15 years of experience as a Buddhist nun living and working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and her years of teaching mindfulness, with a warm and openhearted presence.

Activities include: yoga, sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating in silence, group discussions and deep relaxation. We will also learn InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease.

Come join us for a restorative weekend. We'd love to have you.

Warmly,

The OHMC Board & Activity Organizers

REGISTER HERE

 

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Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

March for Our Lives with other Mindfulness Practitioners

Dear friends,

On Saturday morning, March 24, the Washington DC Area Mindfulness Communities practicing in the tradition of Plum Village will gather at the Upper Senate Park between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m, to March for Our Lives. 

You are invited to join us.

During our time together, we will sit in meditation, sing, and walk mindfully in preparation for offering our peaceful presence as participants in the March For Our Lives. We will depart Upper Senate Park at 11:00 a.m.

Location: 
Upper Senate Park  (The Google Maps address for the park is 200 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. )  The park is located immediately west of the Russell Senate Building. Below is a map that shows how to walk from closest Metro stations (Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center) to the Upper Senate Park meeting location. 

 

Schedule:
9:30 a.m. - Begin arriving at Upper Senate Park
10:00 a.m. - 11: a.m. Gathering together for meditation, singing, mindful walking
11:00 - Start to walk mindfully to the rally site.
12 p.m. - Event is scheduled to begin.

Things to Know/Consider Before Attending:

  • A very large crowd is expected. Metro will be crowded.
  • Cell phones might not work during the event so leave home early enough that you can join us before we leave the Upper Senate Park at 11 a.m.
  • Think to buy SmartTrip cards or add money to the cards in advance.
  • Metro has created a page with information about getting to the march. It will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and add trains to accommodate the march.
  • Metro information page: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/travel-to-national-mall.cfm
  • Although there have been no clear guidelines about backpacks or signs, it would be best to carry a small backpack.
  • If you make signs try to avoid using sticks that might be misconstrued as "weapons."
  • Everyone should carry water and food.
  • Access to restrooms may be limited.
  • It has been suggested that to identify ourselves we wear brown and / or wear a paper or cloth sunflower.
  • Late breaking information about the mindfulness community's participation in the March will be posted on our Plum Village Community FaceBook Events page:


A Teaching from Thay: 
In Man is Not the Enemy, an essay Thay (the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) wrote in 2000, he reflects on his efforts to end the War in Vietnam and the engaged practice insights he has since acquired:
 

"Having learned and practiced the teachings of Interbeing I no longer see anyone as my enemy and in my heart is a feeling of lightness and immense space. I do not even feel hatred towards people who have made me or my people suffer because I know how to look at them with the eyes of understanding and love. You may ask: "Then are you going to give that band of mad, cruel, fanatical thieves and murderers freedom to continue to destroy and make misery without doing anything to stop them?" No! We have to do everything we can to stop them, we cannot allow them to continue to kill, plunder, oppress and destroy, but our actions will never be motivated by hatred. We have to stop them, not allowing them to cause misery. If necessary we can bind them, put them in prison, but this action has to be directed by our bodhisattva's heart and while we act like this we continue to maintain our loving-kindness, wanting them to be able to have a chance to wake up, and change." 
 

with love,

The Washington Area Mindfulness Communities:

Boat of Compassion Sangha

Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax

Opening Heart Mindfulness Community

Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center

Washington Mindfulness Community

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Mar
9
to Mar 14

Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships

At Sharpham, Totnes, UK

Kaira Jewel Lingo will lead this retreat on bringing mindfulness to relationships – including those with ourselves, a partner, within our family, with friends, in our workplace or community.

You’ll study each of the four elements of true love: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity/inclusiveness, learning how to apply the elements to yourself and to others. By creating strong, loving and lasting relationships in our families and communities, we help to build a mindful, healthy culture.

More info here.

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A Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition
Mar
5
to Mar 9

A Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition

At Schumacher College, in Totnes, Devon, UK

With Kaira Jewel Lingo & Sophy Banks

“Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed” ― John Tarrant 

Cultivate attention and learn how to apply mindfulness in all areas of your personal and community life. Each day there will be meditation, mindful breathing, outdoor mindful walking, group discussions, eating mindfully (with some part of the meal in silence) and deep relaxation. There will also be regular sessions of InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease, connection, and wisdom through play.

More info here

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Colours of Compassion Retreat for People of Color--UK
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Colours of Compassion Retreat for People of Color--UK

 Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: 
A path of self care and engagement.
23rd - 25th February 2018
Micklepage, Horsham 

 

A retreat for people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds/ People of Global Majority

Book early as there are limited places

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We are delighted to offer our third Buddhist mindfulness retreat by Kaira Jewel for people of colour in the UK.  In this retreat, along with our mindful practice (walking, eating, noble silence and sharing Dharma wisdom), we will cultivate tools for healing our pain, self-care and building community to nourish and sustain long-term peace and joy through on-going inner and outer transformation. 

This retreat is for people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), mixed racial heritages and indigenous backgrounds/global majority. This includes people who come from African, Caribbean, Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds, mixed-race and indigenous or mixed race of North, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand. 

Both new and experienced practitioners are welcome.

We will gather together, as representatives of the global majority, to take refuge in a community practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.  Our daily practice will include meditation, sitting and walking, daily dharma talks, mindful meals in silence, group sharing, alongside with Qi Gong, InterPlay (a fun and creative improvisational) and body wisdom practice. 

Practicing in this way will transform our pain, bring peace and healing for both ourselves and our world.

Book Now

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Feb
19
to Mar 9

Enterprise Live 2018: Taking a Lead in the Midst of Complexity

At Schumacher College, Devon, UK

Enterprise Live explores new approaches to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. In a world of growing inequality, injustice and environmental destruction, it is clear that new ways of being “enterprising” are required.

More info here.

With Tim Crabtree, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Patricia Shaw, Maria Llanos Del Corral, Ed Mayo, Guy Singh-Watson and Geetie Singh-Watson

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Feb
2
to Feb 4

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World: Retreat for People of Color

Co-led with Marisela Gomez. At the Sanctuary in Beallsville, MD, 1 hour from DC and Baltimore. Here for more info and to register.

The work of social justice activists and community organizers is challenging and often leads to burnout.  Through diverse means, we struggle to right the wrongs of unjust systems, and often forget to take care of ourselves. The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate clarity, understanding and compassion.  We bring integrity, calm and peace as we strive for balance inside and outside of ourselves.

Overview:  Our retreats are suitable for both beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners.  We will pause to stop running, to stop ‘doing’, to calm our minds and bodies and be at ease.  Retreats are opportunities to leave the mental commentary, the past and the future, and begin to be present for the activity of the moment.  Everyone can practice because everyone can breathe.  We will focus on the relationship between body, breath and mind.  Slowly, we will develop this awareness of the present moment, and begin living a more wakeful life.

Activities:  Daily format includes sitting and walking meditation, gentle movement and awareness exercises, mindful eating and Dharma talks. Free time for personal practice will also be available. We will observe noble silence each evening after dinner concluding after breakfast.

Cost:  Sliding scale: $250 – $300. The fee includes all vegetarian meals and accommodations.  These are residential retreats.  Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.  Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com.

Travel:  Carpooling facilitated. Email bbmcspace@gmail.com to request or offer a ride share.

Registration:     https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/ 

 

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Jan
29
to May 21

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm,

January 29-May 21 

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.

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Jan
27
9:30 AM09:30

InterPlay Life Practice Program

CHANGE YOUR LIFE -- CHANGE YOUR WORLD

InterPlay Life Practice Program, DC 2018

Fri evening through Sat afternoon • Jan – Sept 2018 (see dates below)

Assisted by Laura McManamy

Create more ease, community, grace, energy, and joy in all parts of your life. Uncover the deep resources of your “body wisdom.” Explore new life possibilities in a community that says “yes!” to you.

The Life Practice Program will lead you to deep placesin your life—the places that feed, nourish, and energize you. This practice creates powerful connections with others in a community that is open and accepting.

Schedule

The Washington DC InterPlay® Life Practice Program includes six weekend sessions generally on Friday evenings 7–9 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am – 5:30 pm once a month on these dates: Jan 27 (Saturday only), Feb 16–17, Mar 23–24, Apr 27–28, June 1–2 and Sept 21–22. It begins with a Secrets of InterPlay retreat Dec 1–3, 2017.

In each of the monthly sessions we learn about InterPlay Tools and deepen our practice of the InterPlay Forms. Additionally, each participant will have three opportunities to be mentored individually. The learning and playing are very experiential. In between the meetings, you will be reading and writing reflections to deepen and strengthen your experience.

Kaira Jewel Lingo will lead assisted by Laura McManamy.

Repeating the Program

Those who have taken the Life Practice Program or previous forms of the program previously may repeat the program at a significant discount. Brush up on your InterPlay body wisdom and even have a completely new experience!

Early Registration Discount

Register and make your deposit by October 20, 2017 and get a $100 discount for the program.

Continuing Education Credit

44 CE credits for RNs, MSWs, LPCs, MFTs are pending approval. *No partial credits will be given.

CE preregistration deadline is no later than January 12, 2018. Notify Body Wisdom staff at time of registration that you want CEs. A CE fee of $25 will be due at time of preregistration.

CEs are offered through Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Please see the Commonwealth website for specific information regarding disciplines covered.

Cost: $2150 (which includes tuition for Secrets of InterPlay) plus a $100 space rental fee. Repeaters: $700 plus $100 space rental fee.

Registration/Information: Body Wisdom 510/465-2797 or locally Kaira Jewel Lingo 470/257-4589

Click here for more info and to register.

Venue

Seekers Church

276 Carroll St. NW

Washington, DC 20012

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Jan
17
6:50 PM18:50

Brooklyn Zen Center: Body Wisdom for Healing Separation*: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu

Brooklyn Zen Center:

Body Wisdom for Healing Separation*: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu

This evening will begin with a 30-minute guided meditation at 6:50 p.m. followed by guided improvisational movement to music.

The focus of our movement – which will alternate between moving all together, in pairs, and solo – will be on healing the separation within ourselves, and between us and others. We will explore the practices of metta, friendliness or loving kindness, and ubuntu, the affirmation of our shared humanity and unity, through movement and awareness of the breath. The class will awaken joy and sense of connection – to ourselves, each other and to life.

The class will be accessible to all bodies and levels of ability. Everyone is welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing so you may move freely and if your body is ready to, be prepared to sweat! Please also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

*To stay in our bodies and with our own present-moment experience, we ask everyone to maintain noble silence throughout the entire class. We will end with a brief meditation and group reflection.

Kaira Jewel Lingo has been sharing this movement practice in her mindfulness and meditation retreats for several years. She experiences it as a powerful tool that helps us to live more deeply embodied and in touch with our body wisdom.

The custom of dana (generosity) is fundamental to Buddhist practice. All dana received supports our Teachers and center, and is essential for the continuation of our community and practice. Through monetary dana, we suggest a $10 donation – which is neither a ceiling or floor amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

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Dec
1
to Dec 3

The Secrets of InterPlay

DIVE INTO THE DEEP BODY WISDOM OF INTERPLAY

Secrets of InterPlay in DC Fall 2017

Fri 9 am to Sun 4 pm • Dec 1–3, 2017

Led by Kaira Jewel Lingo, Assisted by Laura McManamy

Learn how you can use the tools and ideas of InterPlay to unlock the wisdom of your body. Get your body, mind, heart, and spirit all on the same page. Learn about yourself through connection and community. Create more ease and fun in your life.

This multiple-day event will give you direct experience in many aspects of the InterPlay systemusing the power of story, movement and sound and including important tools like Easy Focus, Exformation, Incremetality and Affirmation. It is also an important element of the InterPlay Life Practice Program which will be offered in Washington, DC starting in January of 2018.

Schedule

Friday 9 am – 12 noon, 1:30–5 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 noon, 1:30–5 pm
Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Continuing Education Credit

15 CE credits for RNs, MSWs, LPCs, MFTs are pending approval. *No partial credits will be given.

CE preregistration deadline is no later than November 16, 2017. Notify Body Wisdom staff at time of registration that you want CEs. A CE fee of $25 will be due at time of preregistration.

CEs are offered through Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Please see the Commonwealth website for specific information regarding disciplines covered.

Repeating Secrets

Those who have taken the Secrets of InterPlay and/or the Life Practice Program or previous forms of the program, may repeat the Secrets of InterPlay at a significant discount. Brush up on your InterPlay body wisdom and even have a completely new experience!

Cost: $350 tuition ($250 for repeaters) plus $40 rental costs

Registration/Information: Body Wisdom 510/465-2797 or locally Kaira Jewel Lingo 470/257-4589

About Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she practices and teaches in the Insight tradition and is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She has loved training in dance and other expressive arts since childhood. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and has articles and chapters published in numerous magazines and books, including Real World Mindfulness for Beginners. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Solid as a Mountain: Staying Rooted in Challenging Times

“Go back and take care of yourself.
Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you.
Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it.
Go home and be there for all these things….”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

We all need strong roots in order to thrive and withstand the storms of our life. What are our roots? Where do we take refuge when things become difficult?

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo on Thursday, November 16 at the Lamont Dharma House to explore ways to strengthen our connections to the things that keep us healthy and grounded. We will also look into the profound gifts that times of chaos and turmoil can provide, if we know how to let go and enjoy the ride!

The session is from 7-8:30 p.m. If you arrive late please wait to enter until the meditation has ended. Then you can enter through the second door at end of hallway.

The session will include silent meditation, a dharma talk, and a brief Q and A.

All Lamont Dharma House events are free and open to the public, but we encourage people to give dana (donation) to support the teachers and the space. The suggested donation for this event is $10-15.

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Teaching from the Heart: A Day of Mindfulness for Educators

In this daylong for educators we will learn and practice tools for taking good care of ourselves, so that we can be truly present for those we teach, and bring the best of ourselves into the classroom. We will slow down and come home to our body and breath by practicing mindful sitting, walking and eating silently together, as well as deep relaxation, a mindfulness talk, and group discussion. We will possibly use the tools of InterPlay—improvisational movement and storytelling—to access the wisdom of the body, and touch our inherent grace and ease.

“The unwritten curriculum in the classroom is the teacher's presence.”

Meena Srinivasan, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn

We can’t transmit mindfulness in our work as educators if we don’t embody it ourselves. Therefore the focus of our day will be on nourishing ourselves as educators, yet we will also explore secular mindfulness practices and exercises we can share with our students.

The focus of the day is on secular applications of mindfulness and is therefore appropriate for educators of all faith traditions or none.

Whether you are a teacher, school counselor, administrator, or simply have an interest in mindfulness in education—all are welcome.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Teacher/Retreat manager: Kaira Jewel Lingo

Registration Information

IMCW daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.

Fees: Base $75, Mid $85, Sponsor $95

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event, including support for the teacher. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the "Contact Us" button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.

IMCW Refund Policy: $35 of the registration fee is non-refundable. If you contact the retreat manager by clicking the "Contact Us" button below three weeks before the event, the balance of your registration will be refunded. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited.

Accessibility: Please specify any special needs or accommodations in the "Special Requests" section of the registration form. Thank you.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).

Fees:

Base price:$75.00

More info and to register: here

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Afrovibe: a mindfulness workshop in SE DC through The Future Foundation

  • Douglass Knoll Community Outreach Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Relax, Relate, Release with The Future Foundation!

Everything you need to find your inner peace in one place!

Enjoy a morning of mindfulness to include:

  • The Breakfast of Champions will be served to all attendees. This meal explores food options for our food desert.

  • Guided Meditation lead by Travis Spencer and Kaira Jewel!

  • Juices by Jah serving their signature "Great Ward 8" and other fresh juice flavors. You do not want to miss juices squeezed with soul by Jah Zuri.

  • "Cranes in the Sky" is a special lesson in stress relief origami!

  • AfroYoga is Yoga with an Afro twist for all levels. Bring your mat if you have one!

  • and so much more!

Cost is $10. All the proceeds from the fundraiser will send our future adults to Youth Power in New Mexico. Please consider helping us make this dream happen for our youth by attending this event. 

More info here.

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Oct
1
9:30 AM09:30

Brooklyn Zen Center 1 day Retreat

Creating a Beautiful Past: Dwelling in the Present We Heal the Past and Take Good Care of the Future

Drawing on her 15 years living as a nun with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community, as well as the transition back to lay life two years ago, Kaira Jewel will explore how living deeply in the present allows us to heal wounds from our past, not only in ourselves but also in our ancestors. And how the best way to prepare well for the future is to take good care of this moment, right here and now.

Retreat cost: Sustaining $90 / Base $75 / Members $45

BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.

Registration closes September 23 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registration. Scholarship applications are due by September 18 at 11.59 p.m.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.

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8-week class: Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

8-week class: Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships

Wednesdays, September 27-November 29

(No class October 11 and November 22.)

In order to build a mindful, healthy culture, we must create strong, loving and lasting relationships in our family and community. In this 8-week class series, we explore how we can cultivate true love and bring mindfulness into all of our relationships, whether our relationships with ourselves, a partner, within our family, with friends, in our workplace or community.

We will study each of the 4 elements of True Love for 2 weeks: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity or inclusiveness. In the first week, we focus on how to practice this element towards ourselves and in the second week, how we can practice it with others. Each class will include a guided meditation, a teaching, interactive activities, and time for discussion and sharing.

Participation is limited to 18 people maximum as the class aims to build community and emphasizes deepening connection between all participants. Therefore in each class there will be time for each person who wishes to either present on some aspect of their own journey in relationships or take part in the Hot Seat game, which involves answering questions from other participants (posed with kindness, curiosity and respect) so we can get to know each person better.

The course will include a focus on mindful communication (deep listening and loving speech), as well as journaling, creative practices of arts and crafts, writing love letters, practices for reconciling conflict, as well as mindful movement and walking meditation.

For more info and to register: here.

Registration

Fee: $240 Base, $280 Mid, $320 Sponsor

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event including support for the teacher. Payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), which helps create the scholarship program for your retreat.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than three weeks before the start of the class series, your payment will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. IMCW cannot offer refunds for cancellations made fewer than 3 weeks before the beginning of the class series. There is no refund for classes you do not attend. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the Tuesday before the series begins. To request late registration, please email the class series manager to check if there are still openings.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please email the series manager before registering. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please email the class series manager with your request at least three weeks before the event. 

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Sep
25
to Dec 11

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm,

September 25-Dec 11 (No class Oct 9)

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.

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Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dwelling In the Present We Can Heal the Past and Take Good Care of the Future

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Subbing for Jonathan Foust's Monday Sitting group: Drawing on stories of 15 years of living as a nun with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and transitioning to lay life in the last 2 years, Kaira Jewel will explore how living deeply in the present allows us to heal wounds from our past, not only in ourselves but also in our ancestors. And how the only way to prepare well for the future is to take good care of this moment, right here and now.

By donation. More info here.

Monday Night Evening Schedule

6:30 – 7:20  Optional Yoga Class (offered by donation)

7:30 – 8:00   Guided Meditation

8:00 – 8:45   Dharma Talk

8:45  Tea and cookies are served in the lobby most evenings

8:50 – 9:30  Optional Discussion Group

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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now--Public Talk in Cheverly, Maryland

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:30pm, Cheverly United Methodist Church yoga room
Suggested donation $10-15 (please bring cash to the talk)

On this evening, we will come home to ourselves to access our strength, wisdom, courage and joy, so needed for us to meet these difficult times with freedom and clarity. The evening will include a guided meditation, a talk and time for questions and reflections.
Space is limited, so please register in advance.

 

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Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

World Wide Insight Talk: We were made for these times

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now

I am very happy to announce that on Sunday 18th June I will be teaching at Worldwide Insight, a unique online platform for live, interactive dharma teachings. It is free to sign up and participate in the class. I will be teaching on the theme of… The class starts at 2pm EST, 7pm UK. I hope you can join me. You can find out more at www.worldwideinsight.org, and you can share details of the class through the Worldwide Insight Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2jXkhIt

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