Belonging, Connection and Nature: Coming Home Together
With Sebene Selassie, DaRa Williams, Erin Treat and Solwazi Johnson (Assistant)
June 27 - July 2, 2019
This retreat emerged from the relationship between its teachers as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship. And this retreat invites the participants into relationship — with themselves, each other, the land, and all beings everywhere without exception.
Awakening from the delusion of separation through practice and inquiry we will explore belonging , connection and nature to reveal what supports us in coming home to our hearts, coming home to interdependence. Grounded in foundational Dharma teachings, we will offer traditional sitting and walking instruction as well as daily opportunities to practice in wild nature together. This is a silent retreat but we will also engage in inquiry and sharing through structured, guided relational practice as part of the context of the retreat.
Special Note for this retreat: To achieve a supportive retreat container for this experience, we will be accepting a certain number of registrations for both those who identify as people of color and for those who do not self-identify as people of color. This will ensure a rich, diverse and balanced group for the retreat. Thank you for your understanding.
Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher and transformational coach. She began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago as an undergrad at McGill University where she received a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. Sebene is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL4) program at Spirit Rock and continues her training with Thanissara and Kittisaro. She is the former Executive Director of New York Insight Meditation Center and serves on the board of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the leadership council of Sacred Mountain Sangha. Sebene is passionate about making the dharma accessible and relevant for our…
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DaRa Williams has practiced Insight Meditation for more than 25 years. She completed the Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC Teacher Training, and serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and as an Associate Guiding Teacher at IMS. DaRa is a trainer and wellness coach, and has been a clinician and administrator in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a practitioner and trainer of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy. “It is my belief that vipassana meditation and the dharma are ideal for transforming suffering, particularly the trauma of oppression and its many vicissitudes-where…
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Erin Treat lives in Durango, CO and serves as a Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center. She is a member of the Teacher Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is the Resident Teacher at the Durango Dharma Center. Erin offers talks, leads classes, and teaches meditation retreats in the southwest and nationwide. Her approach to sharing the dharma is influenced by her experience as a student of the Diamond Approach by A.H. Almass and by her deep love of socially engaged practice, embodiment and wild nature. Erin was born and raised in the prairie of Fargo, ND and…
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Solwazi Johnson leads mindfulness meditation classes and retreats primarily in the Denver metropolitan area. Solwazi has been meditating for more than 18 years with a focus on Vipassana since 2003. He has studied and practiced meditation in Thailand, Burma, India, and South Africa. He is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Solwazi worked for over 20 years as health educator and trainer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He is currently a trainer with the Intrinsic Resilience Training Institute, which is a non-profit research and training organization dedicated to…
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