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Embodied Buddhist Practices for Resiliency, Healing, and Social Engagement

Residential Program
Dates: Jun 10, 2022 - Jun 13, 2022
Days: Friday - Monday
Number of Nights: 3 nights

Instructor(s): Larry Ward, Peggy Rowe-Ward

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This retreat engages participants in practices that support us to respond to the deep, unspoken crises of our individual and collective trauma in America today. We will look at our collective fragmentation and desire for meaning, safety, and harmony. What is required of us begins with understanding our precious body-mind somatically, not just intellectually. In our time together, we will learn tools for coming home to our bodies, rewiring our nervous system, and healing our trauma. We will explore embodied Buddhist practices that cultivate resiliency and support us to engage with one another in wellness, justice, and community.

This course was offered via a lottery, though we may have some spaces open up as the course nears, so please join the waiting list if you are interested.


Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Larry Ward is a senior teacher in Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition. He brings twenty five years of international experience in organizational change and local community renewal to his work as director of the Lotus Institute and as an advisor to the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Buddhism and the neuroscience of meditation. Larry is a knowledgeable, charismatic and inspirational teacher, offering insights with personal stories and resounding clarity that express his dharma name, “True Great Sound.”

  • Dr. Peggy Rowe aspires to grow her heart as wide as the world.  Her education is in counseling psychology and education.  She works with clients in spiritual direction, and also supports clients and organizations in trauma resiliency.  She is on the faculty of Atlantic University’s MA in Mindful Leadership.  Peggy co-authored two books, Making Friends with Time and Love’s Garden and is currently completing a book for parents and teachers practicing mindfulness with children and young adults.  She has been studying and traveling to support the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh for 25 years.  Peggy received the dharma lamp from her teacher in 2001 and he married Peggy and Larry in 1994.  She loves to sing and is crazy for dogs.