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

  • The Sanctuary 19520 Darnestown Road Beallsville, MD, 20839 United States (map)

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

Travel:  Carpooling facilitated. Email to request or offer a ride share.