Meditation in Recovery Daylong Retreats at Green Gulch Farm

All Meditation in Recovery retreats are led by two senior practitioners who are also members of the Meditation in Recovery Steering Committee. The Steering Committee members are: Cynthia K, Steven T, Tim W, Tom B, Patsy C and Tom H.

Saturday, February 10, 10 am – 5 pm (Cynthia K and Tom H, co-leaders)
June 9, 10 am – 5 pm (led by Cynthia K)
September 16, 10 am – 5 pm (led by TBD)
November 18, 10 am – 5 pm (led by TBD)

February 10:
Recovery and Meditation: Cultivating True Intimacy with Ourselves
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“To be intimate with yourself is to be so attuned to your own feeling-state and mind-state and perception-state that nothing is hidden, your whole being is available to your life. In this intimacy with self, we begin to recognize the habits of thinking that stop us from living confidently, generously and vigorously. And we begin to trust ourselves.” —Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

Addiction creates a special kind of suffering: separation. We separate from our friends, our loved ones, and our most precious aspirations. The most painful separation is to be separated from ourselves. We lose track of our true nature as wholesome, compassionate people, who can lead lives of dignity and worth.

On the path of Recovery, we learn to recognize the habitual patterns and fixed ideas that inhibit our experience of intimacy with our own lives. This intimacy develops in our spiritual practice of meditation: a clear, spacious awareness of our connection to all things. We no longer need to separate and defend the addiction—or a distorted, diseased notion of a “self” that is in pain, is unwanted, and is undeserving of compassion.

On the Buddha’s path as recovered people, we become intimate with each moment of our lives, whether those moments bring joy or challenges. “Self-seeking will slip away …” We can face each moment—and ourselves—with kindness and clear-seeing, rather than reflexively judging or being fearful.

“Life on life’s terms” is a way of experiencing this intimacy with the sober, wholesome life we can greet with stability, curiosity, and strength … moment by moment.

“Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” —Ehei Dogen (1200-1253)

June 9:
This retreat will offer in-depth meditation instruction, periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, discussion and a 12-step meeting. There will also be time to explore the beauty of the Green Gulch gardens and grounds. This daylong respite from the busyness of our lives and the city is appropriate for both newcomers (to recovery and/or to Buddhism) and seasoned practitioners. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing. The weather at Green Gulch may be cooler and/or wetter than in the city, so please be prepared with extra layers.

Please join us for this gentle one-day sitting amid the beauty that is Green Gulch Farm. Please wear loose dark clothing, NO scents, and bring a bag lunch.

Fee: $70; $63 current SFZC members; $56 limited income.

To Register for February 10: Please complete the online registration form or call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415.383.3134 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362

To Register for June 9: Please call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415.383.3134 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362. Or fill out this online form to have the Reservations Office contact you by phone or email to assist your registration.