Waking Up FABULOUS: LGBTIQ Retreat at Garrison Institute

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“Caring for myself is not self–indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
-Audre Lorde

Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer.

This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.

As LGBTIQ people, in these challenging and difficult times, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone, and that together we can begin the healing of centuries of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of our interconnectedness and interdependence. We learn to trust the unfolding of our lives and to act for the benefit of all beings.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. In silence, we are illuminating the heart and mind. It is a real-time practice of stillness and clarity. Participants are asked and expected to refrain from using any electronic devices. This allows for a rare opportunity to unplug and get to know our own reality show with compassion and wisdom. Within this commitment, we are the guardians to each other’s solitude while in this precious community. The more we know and understand our inner landscape, the more we are able to engage with others and the world with both skill and grace.

Guided meditation instructions, Q&A, heart practices, gentle yoga, group meetings with a teacher, and dharma talks will be offered on this retreat.

On this rare LGBTIQ retreat, we come together to practice turning towards and caring for ourselves, each other, and all that truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Hope you can join us!

Register & further info.: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/event/lgbtiq-retreat-waking-up-fabulous-taking-refuge-care-in-ourselves-the-practice-and-each-other/

TEACHERS:

MADELINE KLYNE has been practicing insight meditation for over 30 years. Madeline is a co-founder and teacher at South Shore Insight in Hanover, MA, a teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and an assistant teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA. Part of Madeline’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of five.

LA SARMIENTO is a teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. They are the guiding teacher for the IMCW People of Color, LGBTQ and Teen Sanghas, and a 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program. La is committed to making the Dharma accessible to all.

LAMA ROD OWENS is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center.

Located on the Hudson River in Upstate New York, Garrison Institute is a gorgeous, monastic refuge in the woods. And it will be all ours for the weekend! Garrison is ~3½ hrs. drive from Boston.

This retreat is limited to 80 LGBTIQ people and always sells out. Please register soon! https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/event/lgbtiq-retreat-waking-up-fabulous-taking-refuge-care-in-ourselves-the-practice-and-each-other/