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The Inner Work of Beginning Again

Residential Program
Dates: Apr 29, 2022 - May 01, 2022
Days: Friday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 2 nights

Instructor(s): Rhonda Magee

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When the winds of change blow hard through our personal, social or political lives, how do the practices of mindfulness support us to begin again? Can mindfulness — what we might call a state of more intentionally conscious, heartful awareness that may be cultivated by meditation — lead to the enhanced capacity to reside in a state in which “beginning again” is an aspect of our every day, moment-to-moment experience? Might mindfulness, then, be an integral part of how we respond to change, disruption, and the impermanence of life?

During this practice retreat, we'll explore excerpts from Eddie Glaude's meditation on James Baldwin, race, and America, Begin Again; the Connected Discourses of the Buddha; and the Heart Sutra to support us in deepening the practices of mindfulness for this time. We'll explore means of reconnecting to centuries-old practices for resourcing ourselves, and for taking refuge in our lives with compassion for ourselves and for others, and for discerning the signs of our own inner renewal in these times.

This course was offered via a lottery, though we may have some spaces open up as the course nears, so please register 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.