In this Buddhist-Christian retreat for those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, we will explore contemplative mindfulness practices that support us to touch freedom, come home to ourselves, and deepen ancestral connections. Together, we will engage in spiritual practices and meditations informed by engaged Buddhism, African American social protest songs, and Christian mysticism. Honoring the importance of breath, and emphasizing the innate worth and dignity of all beings, this retreat will help participants cultivate awareness and grow compassion for the individual and community. We will deepen our practice through singing, poetry, and teachings from both Buddhist and Christian traditions which nourish self, communal, and planetary care. All BIPOC practitioners are welcome to this retreat, beginners as well as experienced meditators.
“Oh Freedom!” (African American spiritual)
Oh, freedom, Oh, freedom
Oh freedom over me
And before I'd be a slave
I'd be buried in my grave
And go home to my Lord and be free
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.