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Opening and Closing, like Bird Wings: Mindfulness and Zen Meditation

With Nomon Tim Burnett and Lisa Hardmeyer Gray
June 29-July 2, 2015 (Monday-Thursday)

Everyone welcome.

Expand your experience of body, mind and breath in each moment and discover how mindfulness and meditation practices can illuminate your life.


Sometimes we open to the joys and sorrows of life with grace and equanimity; other times we contract and push away from our experience. Can we accept both opening and closing as natural, important, and beautiful? In this retreat, discover how to open, just be, and release into an experience of equanimity, enjoyment and grace. Practicing in the style of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and in the spirit of Suzuki Roshi’s “no gaining idea,” we will investigate the fundamental moment-to-moment experience of meeting ourselves and others. During these three days we enjoy silent sitting, walking, and mindful movement practices from both traditions. The inquiry will be supported with poetry, short dharma talks, writing exercises, and small group dialogue to explore and strengthen what we are learning and experiencing.

Retreat Fee: $265 ($225/Member)

Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations. Retreats begin late afternoon on the indicated start date and end in the morning on the indicated end date. Visit the Rooms & Rates section and determine your preferred accommodations before making your reservations request online.