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The Circle of Caregiver, Receiver and Gift, GGF 6/3

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Grace Dammann
Furyu Nancy Schroeder (Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)
Eijun Linda Cutts (Central Abbess)
Jennifer Block
Sunday, June 3
9 am - 4 pm

In the Green Gulch Farm Wheelwright Center

6 CEUs available*

Join us for a day focused on realizing the truth of our interconnectedness and the way it supports our innate ability to care for ourselves and others with compassion and wisdom.

Morning Session
Dr. Grace Dammann and Fu Schroeder
Two extraordinary women - both fiercely dedicated to living meaningful lives on the path of Zen in the roles of caregiver and care receiver - will provide an intimate look into the many layers of physical, psychological and spiritual healing that they have practiced while caring for one another over the past four years.

A film, with the working title "grace," about Grace's recovery and rehabilitation is being produced by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman.

Afternoon Session
Jennifer Block and Linda Ruth Cutts
Through meditation, Zen teachings, and guided exercises we will consider how to balance the gift of giving and/or receiving with the suffering that can come with these. We will also reflect upon how the profound spiritual gifts of giving and receiving can enliven us and bring us into deeper connection with our Buddha nature.

This training serves as an introduction to the principles and methods of SF Zen Center's year-long Contemplative Caregiver course that begins in October 2012.

Retreat Fee: $80; $72 current SFZC members; $64 limited income. Includes lunch. *Add $15 for CEU certificate fee, to be paid at the time of registration.

*NOTE about CEU's: Six (6) CEU’s available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists, and nurses. BBS Provider #PCE 3978. A CE administrative fee of $15 should be paid at time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center team together to offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SCRC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information visit their web site or contact David Lukoff, Ph.D. at 707.763.3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

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Related Bio(s):

Grace Dammann
Dr. Grace Dammann, a revered physician who was honored by the Dalai Lama for her extraordinary work with AIDS patients during the height of the epidemic, has been a resident of Green Gulch Farm for many decades. Her life was shattered in May 2008 by a catastrophic head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge. After 48 days in a coma and multiple surgeries for broken bones and injured organs, doctors were amazed when Grace miraculously awoke with her cognitive abilities intact. Yet once the thrill and euphoria of survival had passed, the hard, painful work of rehabilitation and caregiving began for Grace, her partner Fu Schroeder, and an extraordinary community of friends and colleagues.

Furyu Nancy Schroeder (Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)
A resident of Zen Center for over 35 years, in 2014 Furyu Nancy Schroeder became abiding abbess at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where she lives with her partner, Dr. Grace Dammann, and their daughter, Sabrina. Fu has held most of the monastic positions at Zen Center and has been an active supporter of programs for children, people of color, the gay and lesbian community, and the interfaith community. In 2008 she was elected to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she was appointed to the Board of the Marin Community Foundation. She received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999.

Eijun Linda Cutts (Central Abbess)
Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971, was ordained as a priest in 1975, and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson. Having served as Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center from 2000 to 2007, she was appointed Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in 2010, and Central Abbess of SFZC in 2014. She continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, Mexico, Italy and elsewhere, and has been leading Yoga-Zen retreats and workshops for many years.

Jennifer Block
Jennifer Block is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Insight Meditation, and Yoga since 1988. Her life’s work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing.