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Spontaneous Zen: A Workshop in Meditation and Autobiographical Improvisation, GGF 3/1-3

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Nina Wise
Jeremy Levie
Friday, March 1, 7 pm - Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3 pm
with Nina Wise and Jeremy Levie

Practice self-discovery and self-expression.

Suzuki Roshi once said that we practice sitting to be “ready for anything.” In Nina’s improvisation classes, we’ll learn Motion Theater® practices that allow the creativity that resides within us to have a voice, both through movement and language. In meditation, we will cultivate openness, receptivity and fearlessness, particularly the courage and clarity to express what needs to be expressed. This workshop will provide a safe space to take up this transformative work of self-discovery and self-expression. Using yoga, sounding, movement, and other exercises, we’ll cultivate our capacity to tell our story and bring to life what is often unnoticed or unacknowledged, finding the freedom that comes from expressing ourselves through our bodies as well as our words.

An excellent workshop for performers, teachers, leaders, and anyone for whom communication is central. You can expect to surprise yourself and to become more playful and at ease before an audience. You might even find that the sense of well-being achieved during the workshop not only expands your creative abilities but also enhances your experience of daily life, reminding you that it is your nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously.

Retreat fee: $200, $180 current SFZC member, $160 limited income. Does not include accommodations.

Commuter fee: $232. Includes four meals in the dining room.

Registration and Overnight Accommodations: To register and to reserve accommodations, call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

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Nina Wise
Nina Wise is an artist who has invented a compelling form of physical autobiographical theater. She is a teacher of improvisation and also teaches contemplative practice at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her performance works have garnered seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She wrote the book, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life.

Jeremy Levie
Yo-On Jeremy Levie currently serves as Head of Practice (Tanto) at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Having begun Zen practice in 1994, he has practiced in residence at each of San Francisco Zen Center’s three temples over the last 18 years. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005, was Shuso in 2009, and has served on the SFZC Board of Directors.