Gratitude, Connection, and Healing in Nature (Zoom)
With David Loy, Jean Leonard, Johann Robbins, Kritee (Kanko) and Peter Williams
June 5 - 7, 2020
Weekend Nature Meditation Retreat
Friday June 5, 6–8pm MDT
Saturday June 6, 9am-7pm
Sunday June 7, 9am-1pm
This is a fully guided and supported meditation retreat in nature, facilitated through Zoom. All are welcome, including newcomers to meditation.
As we shelter in place, connection with dharma practice, nature and community is critically important to our wellbeing*. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and nourish together on a spring weekend, outdoors. Themes will include meditation in nature, gratitude, joy, interdependence, and how being with nature soothes fear and vulnerability.
You can do this retreat from your home and neighborhood, walking nearby, looking out a window, porch or balcony; or going to a park or natural area with a smartphone. The retreat will include structured sitting and walking practice in nature, meditation instruction and guidance, and small group breakout sessions with the teachers for questions, discussion and sharing. Full support and instruction will be available for beginners.
We will encourage a quiet, silent retreat container as much as possible in your home setting, including staying away from work, email, phone and media, and limiting interactions with others. Detailed information on doing the retreat will be available and sent after registration.
The suggested retreat fee is $100-$250. Please pay as much of that as you can; the teachers will not be asking for additional dana at the end of the retreat and are donating their time, so 100% of the retreat fees will go to RMERC to help pay costs while we are closed down. If the suggested amount is too much, you may offer what your budget allows, and no one will be turned away due to finances. Space is limited, so register soon.
RMERC is committed to reopening as soon as we are able to safely, and will continue to offer these retreats until then. We hope you can join us.
*Quiet time in nature is important, if not essential, to human health, happiness and well being. You can read more here.
David Loy (http://www.davidloy.org) is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles regularly appear in the pages of Buddhist magazines, including Tricycle, Lion’s Roar, and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. David’s most recent book is Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (Wisdom publications, 2019). He teaches nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.
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Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in private practice in Louisville, Colorado with 25 years clinical experience. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) classes and other mindfulness workshops throughout Colorado, and virtually nationwide, and is a mentor for Jack Kornfield’s and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, supporting students’ development as meditation teachers. She has practiced yoga for over 25 years and vipassana meditation since 2003, and holds the Dharma as a sacred compass that guides her personal and professional life. She has completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training (MYMT), the Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP), and the Heavenly Messengers (HM) Program, and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Practitioners’ Program (APP, 2019-2020) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and feels deeply nourished by many years of long retreat practice. She studied MBSR with the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, and completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training with Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and the staff of UCSD and has completed advanced supervision for MSC teacher certification. She has a particular passion in supporting women blossoming into wholeness and is delighted to be bringing together her love of psychology, yoga,…
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Johann teaches Dharma and Insight Meditation using contemporary language. He has been meditating since 1974 and was asked to begin teaching in 2008. His primary teachers are Shinzen Young, Eric Kolvig, and Adyashanti. He is the director of Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center and teaches there frequently.
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Kritee (dharma name Kanko) is a Zen teacher, scientist, activist, dancer, and permaculture designer. She directs and teaches Boundless in Motion Sangha in Boulder in the Rinzai-Obaku Buddhist lineage of Cold Mountain and is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Boulder Eco-Dharma Sangha. She is also a co-founding teacher of Earthlovego, a community of meditation practitioners, teachers/professors & environmental advocates from different backgrounds seek ways to deepen synergy between their spiritual practices and their activism through workshops at Lama Foundation in New Mexico. Kritee trained as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, and has done over ten years of research on mercury pollution. She currently works as a senior scientist in the Global Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund and is helping implement environment and climate-friendly methods of farming at large scales in Asia with a. three-fold goal of poverty alleviation, food security and climate mitigation and adaptation among small scale farms. She places deep importance on the need of diversity, and the alignment of climate advocacy with social justice movements.
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Peter has practiced meditation for 25 years in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He has taught meditation since 2003 and has completed the Community Dharma Leader training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Peter teaches meditation retreats in the Rocky Mountain West and leads weekly dedicated practitioner groups in Boulder. He has taught mindfulness to diverse audiences, from Colorado juvenile justices to school teachers to environmentalists. Peter also practices as a transpersonal psychotherapist, bringing spiritual perspectives to bear on healing emotional distress. In a previous career as an ecologist and educator, Peter worked for groups such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy and was a lecturer at the University of Vermont. He is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center in the mountains near Boulder.
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