Discover a Deeper Way of Living Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a...
  • $1,160.00 to $1,440.00 – Pay-it-forward: Support another practitioner to participate
  • $580.00 to $750.00 – Sustaining
  • $380.00 to $550.00 – Base

Date & Time Details: 4 Week Intensive between June 21 and July 17

Location: On-Line

Price: We offer a sliding scale structure. Prices for this retreat range from $150-$1200. This is a fee based offering, not a Dana based offering. The fees you pay will go to support the teachers.

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Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism: A Four Week Intensive for Practicing in Daily Life

With Pamela Weiss, Tuere Sala and Jozen Tamori Gibson

June 21 - July 17, 2020

Our world is on tilt. In these difficult, uncertain times, we are excited to offer this unique, practice opportunity. This four-week intensive will provide teachings, structure and community to support integrating spiritual practice into the fabric of daily life, work, family and relationships.

In our time together, we will introduce myths and stories of Buddhist women who surrounded the historical Buddha, as well as the present-day feminine Dharma lineage of Buddhist nuns, teachers and practitioners across the cultural spectrum. We will also learn about feminine and transfeminine archetypes that illuminate wisdom, compassion, courage, and the desire for freedom.

Each week we will introduce teachings, readings, reflections and practices that weave feminine qualities—of embodiment, nourishment, tenderness and mystery—into our daily lives, help deepen our spiritual practice, and support the cultivation of balanced, wholesome relationships with ourselves, each other and the planet.

The structure of the intensive offers a precious opportunity to meet the challenges of the pandemic within a dedicated community of practice and time with teachers. All genders are welcome.


Three 90 minute gatherings per week for four weeks incorporating a sit, talk, and discussion – Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday 4PT/5MT/7ET:

June 21, June 24, June 26
June 28, July 1, July 3
July 5, July 8, July 10
July 12, July 15, July 17

The Friday sessions will include large and small group discussion and Q&A with the teachers.

Participants will receive suggested readings, reflections and practice each week.


Pamela Weiss
PAMELA WEISS a Buddhist teacher authorized to teach in two traditions—Zen and Theravada. After living as a monastic at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery for five years, she completed comprehensive training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center to become an Insight meditation teacher. She is currently a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, a guiding teacher at San Francisco Insight, and a visiting teacher at the Brooklyn Zen Center. Pamela is an executive coach and pioneer in bringing Buddhist principles and practices into the workplace, and is the author of “A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism.” She lives in San Francisco with her…
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Tuere Sala
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher for Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS).  She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years.  Tuere is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and has often supported SIMS in unconventional ways such as answering letters from practitioners in prison; offering beginning classes at Angeline Women’s shelter and Jubilee House, a women’s transitional house; and facilitating workshops using nonviolent communication (NVC) to support a mindfulness practice.  Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with…
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Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them) began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society ( IMS ) Dharma Teacher Training program and serves on the New York Insight Meditation Center’s teacher council. With certifications and embodiment studies in Yoga, Qigong, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy ( IFOT ) and Complex Trauma, Jozen lives to provide and nourish contemplative mind-heart-body alignment practices and spaces rooted in wellness, anti-oppression and interdependent liberation for all beings. Jozen honors the wisdom and compassion of…
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