June 9, 2018
  • Belonging, Connection & Nature: Coming Home Together

    Date: June 9, 2018June 14, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, Forest Rd 91B, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575, USA

    ​Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together
    with Dara Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie, Solwazi Johnson

    This retreat emerged from the relationship between its teachers as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship. And this retreat invites the participants into relationship — with themselves, each other, the land, and all beings everywhere without exception​ — ​awakening from the delusion of separation​. Through practice and inquiry​ we will explore belonging​,​ connection and​ ​nature to​ reveal ​what supports us​ in ​coming home to our hearts, coming home to interdependence. Grounded in​ ​foundational Dharma teachings, we​ ​will offer​ ​traditional sitting and walking​ ​instruction​ ​as well as daily opportunities​ ​to practice ​​in wild nature​ ​together. This is a silent retreat​ ​but​ ​we will also engage in inquiry and sharing through ​structured, guided relational practice​ ​as part of the context of the retreat.


June 29, 2018
  • Meditation Fusion: Five Teachers, Five Styles

    Date: June 29, 2018July 1, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center, 14029 US-11, Adams Center, NY 13606, USA

    With Steven Leonard, Carlos Perez, Coby Kozlowski, Andrew Heusser

    Meditation is a vast tradition with many definitions, intentions, and techniques. Find the meditation style that works for you by exploring techniques with teachers from five different traditions. The key to establishing a regular practice is to discover the approach that truly aligns with your personality, experiences, and interests.

    Experiment with meditation guided by five diverse experts who each specialize in a specific style:

    • Freestyle meditation with Steven Leonard
    • Insight Meditation with Sebene Selassie
    • Crystal bowl sound meditation with Carlos A. Perez
    • Ecstatic Dance Meditation with Coby Kozlowski
    • The neuroscience of meditation with Andrew Heusser.

    Experience how your meditation practice can be as unique and dynamic as your life.


July 11, 2018
  • Buddha’s Teachings and Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

    Date: July 11, 2018July 15, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Barre Center For Buddhist Studies, 149 Lockwood Rd, Barre, MA 01005, USA

    Sebene Selassie & Brian Lesage

    “Premature transcendence” or spiritual bypassing has been described by John Welwood as unskillfully using a spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually discussed only on the personal level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved cultural issues as well — what we are calling cultural spiritual bypassing. This course will examine and find ways to address this common dynamic of bypassing unresolved cultural issues including racism, social injustice, and "identity politics." We’ll do this through gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a cultural being among other cultural beings which will include how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually; especially within spiritual communities. This exploration will be situated in the context of how the Buddha of early Buddhism addressed cultural forms of oppression and in teachings on view, intention, ethics, and the five aggregates. We will come together in a multicultural community to create some understanding of how to expand our individual and collective compassion, community, and freedom. There will also be time for affinity groups where people of color and white people can explore and investigate their experiences of these issues in safety.

    Register Here

September 17, 2018
  • People of Color Sangha

    Date: September 17, 2018September 17, 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight, 10, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, United States

    This sitting group provides instruction in insight meditation and fosters mutual support and understanding among the growing community of people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the practice.

    Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.

October 5, 2018
  • IMCW Fall Retreat

    Date: October 5, 2018October 12, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136, USA

    IMCW Fall Retreat
    with Jonathan Faust, Ruth King, Pat Coffey, Sebene Selassie

    More Info Soon!

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