Mindfulness Meditation weekend retreat for LGBTIQ communities

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World
A Mindfulness Meditation weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities

Led by Larry Yang and Maddy Klyne

Friday (6pm) to Monday (1pm), April 12-15, 2013
Garrison Institute, 14 Mary's Way, Route 9D, Garrison, New York

The practice of Mindfulness and Lovingkindness from the Buddhist tradition deepens our insight into truth about ourselves and the conditions in which we live, while cultivating an open heart and an inner home. In creating the peace and openness within our own hearts and minds, we can fully be engaged with creating the peace and kindness that the world so urgently needs. This will be a silent meditation retreat and the practice of Mindfulness will be experienced through silent sitting, walking, movement, and eating meditations. There will be a time for mindful group sharing as well. The retreat offers a unique opportunity for Queer and Same Gender Loving identified folks to be together in spiritual community.
Open to all levels of meditation—new, beginner, or experienced. You do not have to call yourself a Buddhist to benefit from meditation. Please join us, get on a cushion or chair, settle your mind, keep your heart open, and see what you discover!

$375/330/285/210 per person for single/double/triple/commuter, includes room and meals. If you are willing to do a daily House Job (light cleaning work) of about one hour, this will reduce your rate by $10 per day.

Dharma teachings are regarded as priceless, and they are offered without a set fee. You are requested to support the teachings and our efforts by contributing voluntary donations (the practice of “Dana”) for the support of the teachers.

Registration for the retreat:
Go to
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Larry Yang teaches in meditation and mindfulness nationally, and has provided support for deepening Dharma teachings within multicultural communities. Larry is a Spirit Rock teacher and a core teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland. He has been on the lead teaching team of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program. Trained as a psychotherapist, he also has spent six months as a monastic in Thailand. His website is: www.larryyang.org and has a blog on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-yang/ where he has written about gay marriage and LGBTIQ spirituality.

Maddy Klyne has been practicing insight meditation for more than twenty five years. She is both a teacher and the Executive Director of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, offering courses for adults as well as teens and young people. Maddy is also an assistant teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA. Part of Maddy’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of five.

"This retreat is a great support for our ever-growing dharma community. Please help in whatever way you can." —Joseph Goldstein

"A precious chance to gather in spiritual practice and create refuge in the Buddha's Teachings." —Sharon Salzberg

"This is a fantastic opportunity for LGBTQ communities to gather in the Dharma. Don't miss it!"—Jack Kornfield

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  • Sue

    Ok Larry- thanks, I don't know if you'll get this message before tomorrow but I remember it saying to come early if you are going to do a chore...do you know anything about that. someplaces say it starts at six but you I go on the link, it's says from 3 fri to 3 sun...

    April 11, 2013

    • Larry Y.

      The registration begins at 3pm--that is the earliest that you can arrive. And dinner is served at 6pm...for the question on the chore, I don't know-- at this late date, it would be best to call Garrison at[masked]

      April 11, 2013

  • Sue

    It's my first retreat... Should I bring comfortable clothes?

    April 9, 2013

    • Larry Y.

      very comfortable clothes. it might be a little chilly, so a shawl might be helpful. :-)

      April 10, 2013

  • Helen N.

    Sorry I can no longer make this one

    April 8, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Thank you for your e-mail
    I cannot go this week-end as I have to baby sit my
    grand son.

    Yours truly Mary McNamara

    October 19, 2012

  • Helen N.

    I look forward to joining this weekend.

    October 19, 2012

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