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to Apr 8

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

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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.


The OHMC Board & Activity Organizers



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A Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition
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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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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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

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



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to Dec 3

The Secrets 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.


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 to learn more.

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to Apr 9

Retreat: Solid as a Mountain: Staying Rooted in the Midst of Chaos

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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? Together we will 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!

This retreat will be an opportunity to learn and enjoy the art of mindful and peaceful living. It will help us learn to recognize and embrace our pain, find peace within ourselves, and foster stronger connection in our communities. It will give us an opportunity to stop, rest, and touch the source of wisdom, compassion and healing in ourselves, so that we can renew our relationships and bring peace and understanding to our world. Through the practice of mindfulness we will learn how to nourish happiness, gratitude, good communication and serenity in our daily life.

Here to register and for more info. 

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to Mar 5

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World--People of Color Retreat

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To register:
More info:
Contact: Marisela Gomez at
Cost: Sliding scale: $250-$300. This includes meals and accommodations.

Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.
Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at email above.

Note: These are residential retreats. Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Ride sharing is available; please indicate on the registration form your need for carpooling and/or your availability to drive others.

See flyer here

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