Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind
Sep
2
to Sep 8

Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind

  • Vallecitos Mountain Ranch (map)
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With Alexis Santos and Sebene Selassie.

In this retreat, we will have a week to explore cultivating ease and natural awareness. Alexis will be bringing his years of study and practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Sebene will be bringing an orientation to embodied awareness that emphasizes our profound connection to land and nature. There will be periods of formal practice both indoors and on group hikes while allowing for plenty of non–structured periods of personal practice. The retreat will be held largely in silence with opportunities for relational practices towards the end of the week. No prior meditation or dharma experience is necessary.

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Intimacy with Life: IMCW Fall Retreat
Nov
1
to Nov 8

Intimacy with Life: IMCW Fall Retreat

  • Pearlstone Retreat Center (map)
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With Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Ruth King and Sebene Selassie.

Vipassana, or Buddhist meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. 

The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.

This is a silent meditation retreat held in noble silence; it is not an interactive workshop.

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Meditation Retreat for People of Color
Jul
3
to Jul 10

Meditation Retreat for People of Color

  • Vallecitos Mountain Ranch (map)
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With Bonnie Duran, Sebene Selassie and Jeff Haozous.

In many traditions, people journey into the wilderness for contemplation and purification. How often do we have the opportunity to connect to our deepest intentions and to experience spiritual renewal? Taking place at 9,000 feet in beautiful meadowland in New Mexico, the Vallecitos People of Color Retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation (vipassana). Meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and has been the foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years. It is a simple and direct practice. Meditation is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results. This path to self-awareness can be successfully applied by anyone to their everyday lives. The ancient and profound teachings of interconnectedness and compassion are the foundations of spiritual awareness.

The retreat is based on the intensive training retreats that are traditionally the heart of Buddhist practice. The daily schedule, conducted in silence, is comprised of group sitting meditation periods alternating with walking meditation outdoors. There are group interviews with the teachers and a daily discourse from the teachings of the Buddha. In addition, there will be opportunities for optional group hikes and mindful movement to allow practitioners to fully experience Vallecitos’s beautiful natural setting, and to support physical joy and ease. Gourmet vegetarian meals add to the special nature of this retreat. To cultivate the meditation process, please note that complete silence is maintained at all times throughout the retreat, except during meditation practice interviews and the talks by the teachers, which may be followed by a communal conversation.

This retreat continues the ground-breaking tradition established at Vallecitos over the past two decades. People of color come to the mountains, the forest and the river not to conference, network, analyze or plan, but to practice one of the world’s oldest and wisest contemplative traditions. For some, the retreat may be the first extended period of meditation practice and practicing silence. No previous meditation experience is required to participate and the retreat is suitable for individuals at all levels of practice.

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Belonging, Connection & Nature Retreat
Jun
27
to Jul 2

Belonging, Connection & Nature Retreat

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With Dara Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie, and 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.

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People of Color Sangha
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

People of Color Sangha

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.

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Race, Unconscious Bias & Mindfulness
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Race, Unconscious Bias & Mindfulness

Race is both a construct of pseudoscience and a lived social reality that leads to great inequities and injustices. 

While conscious racism is no longer accepted by most in our society, unconscious bias is less easy to see and understand. 

In this evening session we will explore how mindfulness and the Buddhadharma can help us bring awareness and clarity to the constructs & biases around race that exist in society and within each of us (either as external racism or as internalized oppression), so that we can live with more love, wisdom and compassion.

https://www.nyimc.org/event/race-unconscious-bias-mindfulness/

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