Breathing Zen: A Joyful Fusion of Conscious Breathing & Buddhist Meditation
in the Soaring Canyons of Jemez Springs, NM
WHERE: A Retreat at Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez, New Mexico
WHEN: Sunday August 20 - Saturday August 26, 2016
WHO: For LGBTQ People and Our Friends
HOW MUCH: Full Cost $1395 double occupancy. Register by June 21 to get $100 off!
Cultivate self-compassion & relaxed, joyful, deeply embodied presence!
We have been given this precious human life in order to realize and live the deepest truth of who we are. Why settle for anything less? We did not come here to sit like a concrete buddha, heavy and rigid upon the earth. We came her to live unencumbered, joyful, and free! If our spiritual practice does not support this journey into freedom, what exactly are we practicing? Join us for a week-long exploration of joyful meditation and spiritual practice that relax mind and body into joyful, loving presence and embraces our human experience wholeheartedly! We will learn how to:
•work with the body instead of against it
•embrace our human experience instead of pushing it away
•cultivates deep relaxation instead of rigidity
•cultivate wholehearted engagement and joy instead of escape
•deepen our experience of relationship with each other
This restful, playful and profound meditation retreat will give you a joyful foundation in sitting and walking meditation as practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition, integrated with a wholehearted and embodied exploration of being fully human through conscious breathwork, movement practices, dance, deep sensing exercises, chanting, and heart circles. Conscious breathing, the cornerstone of spiritual practices around the world, will show us how to relax habitual patterns in the mind and body, soften our rigid sense of self, perceive the subtle fields of living energy and interdependent relationship that we arise from, and touch the truth of our own awakened nature. Every afternoon will offer free time to unwind and build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Midway through the retreat, we will journey out into the wonders of New Mexico together for a day of connecting and exploration. This year, we travel to Bandelier National Monument, with a brief stop at the beautiful Valles Caldera National Preserve for a photo op. Bandelier's human history extends back for over 10,000 years when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons, and began settling in cliff dwellings and pueblos along the canyon floor.
Our home for this retreat, the magical Bodhi Manda Zen Center, is nestled by the side of the rushing Jemez river in the soaring redrock canyon walls of the southwest. The Zen Center's natural hot spring pools are accessible 24 hours a day and become a wonderful gathering place for soaking (clothing is optional after dark), conversation and pure relaxation. There are three pools ranging from cool to warm to hot, with a cold rushing stream nearby for refreshing dips. Whether you are soaking in the private hot springs at the Zen Center, strolling through the local galleries of Jemez Springs Village, or watching the hummingbirds, drifting clouds, or star-studded New Mexican sky, this enchanted landscape will become a part of you forever.
This retreat is perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike! No previous meditation experience necessary!
Hunter Flournoy (pictured right) is the owner and director of Spirit Journeys. A heart-centered life coach, therapist, and spiritual healer, Hunter teaches skills for self-love, conscious breathing, and spiritual practice to help people break free from shame, trauma, and addiction, and create joyful lives. He is a certified Somatic Breath Therapist and a pioneer in the use of breathwork in trauma and addiction treatment, and his work integrates two decades as a licensed psychotherapist with twenty-five years of experience in the world's shamanic and mystical traditions, including the Buddhist, Sufi, Eastern Christian, Toltec, and Currandero traditions. Hunter offers individual sessions by phone and in person, retreats, ceremonies, and journeys around the world. To learn more about Hunter and his work, go to www.hunterflournoy.com.
Jiun Hosen, Osho, was appointed Abbess of Bodhi Manda in 1989 and then again on April 10th, 2015. Having begun her training with Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1979, she has been residing at The Bodhi since 1980. Ordained as a Zen nun at Bodhi Manda Zen Center on April 30, 1983, she received the “Suijishiki” ceremony at the Rinzai-ji Zen Center in Los Angeles, California on July 21, 1988 that recognized her as an Osho (Zen priest). Her compassion, humanity, and dedication have been inspiring Spirit Journeyers for over twenty years. To learn more about the Bodhi Manda Zen Center, visit www.bmzc.org.
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