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The Power of Embracing Wholeness: A Women’s* Retreat

Online Program
Dates: Jan 27, 2024

Instructor(s): Zuisei Goddard, Lama Karma Yeshe Chˆdrˆn

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Program Description:

In Buddhism, perfection or wholeness is the ground we each stand on, the home we all inhabit, the refuge we can turn to when we’re struggling to understand ourselves or the world. At the same time, social or individual conditioning can obscure our connection to that inherent perfection, causing us to feel estranged from or at odds with ourselves. While this is true for all of us, in our culture women consistently receive messages that, when internalized, prevent us from recognizing and embodying the whole of who we are. They curtail our power and leave us yearning for connection—to ourselves, to one another, to the world.

In this program, we’ll explore a range of Buddhist teachings and practices to help us remember, embody, and express the totality of who we are as women and as human beings. Our sessions will include meditation, reflection, teaching, and discussion, and together we’ll create a circle of practice, aliveness, spontaneity, and wholeness.

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are female-identified. 

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Saturday, January 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

2:00 - 5:00 pm ET

Please note that sessions will be recorded and made available to participants within 48 hours of each session. Recordings remain available for two weeks from the program end date with the exception of one-time events, available indefinitely on our website.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for all online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date incur a $25 cancellation fee. Application-based and online path programs incur a $50 cancellation fee in 2023 and a $100 cancellation fee beginning 2024.

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.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Vanessa Zuisei Goddard is a writer and lay Zen teacher based in Playa del Cármen, México. She was ordained and trained full-time for almost twenty-five years at Zen Mountain Monastery in Upstate New York, and she’s now the guiding teacher of Ocean Mind Sangha, where she works virtually with new and experienced Buddhist practitioners. Zuisei is the author of Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion, and the upcoming children’s book Weather Any Storm. She can be found at www.vanessazuiseigoddard.org.