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

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Nina Wise
Yo-on 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.

Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Yo-on Jeremy Levie currently serves as head of practice (tanto) for Green Dragon Temple at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he offers talks, works individually with students, and leads sittings, classes and study groups. Prior to being tanto, he served as director at Green Gulch from 2009 to 2012. He has trained in residence at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, having lived at each of the Center’s three temples. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as head monk (shuso) in 2009. In addition to his service on the SFZC Board of Directors, Jeremy has also served on the Board of the Marin Interfaith Council. Jeremy studied philosophy and theater at Yale University and trained as a teacher of Motion Theater improvisation. He continues to be interested in the intersection of Zen practice with Western thought and culture, and co-leads retreats on the meeting of Zen with other disciplines. He currently lives with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.