Suzuki Roshi said, "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities ..."
Combining mindfulness with body-focused meditation and specific therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, this two-day workshop will examine how to best take care of ourselves by relating to depression and anxiety with compassion.
In the Wheelwright Center
Take a break from the differentiating currents and bathe in the great waters of practice. This one-day mini-retreat will integrate the Ocean Mudra Meditation, all levels asana practice, mindful walking and basking in the dharma of being.
Explore the creative process through the ancient art of brushwork.. Anyone can take up a brush, follow stroke order, draw lines, and form characters. By copying ancient masters’ samples, even a beginner can create a fairly good piece of calligraphy.
Spinning thread from animal or plant fiber is an ancient art that has been practiced by peoples all over the world. What used to be a chore for slaves and woman has now become a recreational labor of love for people who prefer their own handmade creations to store-bought varieties. At the same time as one concentrates on drafting the fiber, the turning of the wheel or spindle has a calming effect, and many spinners liken their craft to meditation practice.
Immerse yourself in the relaxing, restoring scent of lavender for an afternoon. We will discuss how to grow lavender successfully, including propagation techniques and pruning. We will look at several different varieties of lavender and discuss its many uses and healing properties. We will demonstrate how to make lavender wreaths, and make lavender wands and lavender oil for you to take home. We will also share our favorite lavender recipes and sample some lavender treats and lavender lemonade.
Many of us can benefit from new ways of finding calm and balance. We invite you to join us 27-for two days in the beautiful Green Gulch valley to discover internal resources that will support efficient relaxation and restoration of your body, mind, and emotions.
This retreat will be a contemporary pilgrimage, exploring the ancient art of walking. While pilgrimage is often from one place to another, we will end at the very place we begin, celebrating the sacred aspect of the journey itself.
This day-long retreat will include integrative instruction in both Zen and Yoga. Our focus will be on how to illuminate the physical, physiological, and spiritual practice of the Four Divine Abidings, an ancient buddhist teaching on how to live in one's own body and mind as a temple. We will explore how each of the four (friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity) can be cultivated and nourished through the body; and how the four abidings respond by turning body and mind into a field of blessings.
This workshop will provide roadmaps for having healing conversations after the breakdowns created by disappointment or anger in intimacy. Together we will study how to better engage and embody relevant Zen practices, paired with practical teachings learned from many years of offering “couples therapy.” CEUs are available.
This retreat held in the last days of the year offers a time of quiet and community, with a gentle schedule allowing for rest, reading, and walking to nearby Muir Beach and in the hills surrounding Green Gulch Farm.