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Mindfulness, Soulfulness, and Socially Engaged Practice-Retreat 1

Residential Program
Dates: May 05, 2023 - May 10, 2023
Days: Friday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 5 nights

Instructor(s): Rhonda Magee

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Part 1: Mindfulness, Soulfulness, and Socially Engaged Practice – Retreat 1

This retreat is part of a year-long path program called Mindfulness, Soulfulness, and Socially Engaged PracticePlease click here for more information on the full program.

The Buddha, famously, rejected the idea of an unchanging soul. And yet…one quality of human experience that may arise with mindfulness practice can be described as “soulfulness.” Since the mid-20th century, psychologists in the tradition of James Hillman (author of The Soul’s Code) and Thomas Moore (author of The Care of the Soul) have explored soulfulness. This dimension of human experience resonates with the grounded connectedness to the elements and ways of being in relationship to earthbound everyday life that mindfulness enables and Buddhist principles and practices support. At the same time, the term soul has been associated with a Black American cultural aesthetic. 

Grounded in Buddhist approaches to the establishment of mindfulness, we will explore varieties of soul and soulfulness in our practices and lives. What are soul and soulfulness, and how do Buddhist practices reveal or assist in understanding them? How might mindfulness practices support us in cultivating soulfulness and caring for the dimension of soul in our lives and communities? We will explore mindfulness, soulfulness, and social engagement in the face of such challenges as climate distress, immigration and demographic changes, economic inequality, the increasing implications of extractive technology, and the increasing visibility of White supremacy-based ideology and politics. Together, we will explore the quality of soulfulness and attend to what might be called the soul of awareness, in relationship to ethically-grounded, socially-engaged mindfulness in everyday life.

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.


Participants are asked to read and reflect on The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee. While some experience with mindfulness-based meditation would be of benefit, practitioners of any and all levels are welcome.


Applications for this program closed on December 8th. Please click "join waitlist" to fill out an application and join the waiting list for this year-long program.

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you received financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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 contact@buddhistinquiry.org.