In this program we will cultivate a sensitive and meditative playfulness with respect to the senses, the body, and the whole experience of being. Relating to our practice as the fashioning and tuning of an instrument of perception, we will explore our seeing and sensing not as "revealers of truth" but as "arts" – opening us to our freedom but also beyond it to an infinite field of potential enchantment, depth, beauty, and meaningfulness, and giving to everything, including our sufferings, a necessary place. Inquiring into the barriers–emotional, ideological, and practical–that can prevent this opening, constrain its range, or render it ineffectual for our lives, we will explore the nature of an enchantment without clinging.
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Soulmaking Dharma: Re-enchanting the Cosmos and the Poetry of Perception
Dates: Jan 10, 2022 - Jan 16, 2022
Days: Monday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 6 nights
Instructor(s): Catherine McGee
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.
This program will be offered by application. Applications will close at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on October 15th and spaces will be offered October 22nd. Payment will be due three days from notification of acceptance.
About the Instructor(s):
Catherine McGee has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, teaches yearly at IMS and BCBS and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha – a web-based sangha exploring Buddhist responses to the climate and ecological crises. She collaborated closely with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching "A Soulmaking Dharma" from 2014 -2020.