Coming Home to Ourselves Finding Refuge in Nature: Vallecitos’ First LGBTQI Retreat
With Victoria Cary, Shelly Graf and René Rivera
August 20 - 27, 2022
During this 7-night silent retreat we will collectively create a supportive container for LQBTQI identified folks to explore the dhamma, practice meditation, and discover what finding refuge and coming home means for us. This retreat will be mostly outdoors, silent, and on the beautiful land of Vallecitos.
We will offer dhamma talks, meditation, mindful movement, group hikes, and heart-centered practices. These practices will be offered in a container of silence and nurturing spaciousness, making the way for us to reconnect with ourselves, nature, as well as deepen our connection to community.
This retreat is appropriate to all practitioners new and experienced. We offer priority registration for BIPOC, Trans, Non-binary and Gender Non-conforming participants. Please join us for a week of silence and discovery at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in the Carson National Forest.
Please note this retreat is full. This retreat has an application process to allow for diversity in practice experience, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. If you wish to join the waitlist, please complete this application for your application to be reviewed. If a space opens up and you are invited to attend, we will email you with a registration link to sign up for the retreat. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend, you will complete a scholarship application once you have been invited AND completed your registration.
We require all people who visit the land to be fully vaccinated. We will require a copy of your vaccination card prior to arrival. Vallecitos reserves the right to modify, cancel or close at any time.
Victoria Cary has been practicing Insight Meditation and studying the Dharma since 2006. In 2017 She completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program and went on to become a fully empowered Dharma Teacher. In 2016 she co-founded the San Francisco People of Color Insight Sangha and continues as one of the core teachers. She is a San Francisco Bay Area Native. She left her workplace of 20 years in 2017 to deepen into the Dharma. Since then she has spent time in and out of intensive silent meditation practice, including a 3 month retreat at IMS, 6 week & 3…
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Shelly Graf has been practicing in the Insight Meditation tradition since 2003. They are a graduate of Insight Meditation Society’s four-year teacher training program and currently serve as one of the Guiding Teachers at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN. Shelly has been a clinician and administrator in the Social Work and mental health fields since 2005. They have a special interest in waking up to whiteness as part of this total and fully integrated path of awakening. Whatever Shelly’s role may be, they will always be a grateful student of Buddhist Practice first.
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René Rivera is a meditation teacher, restorative justice facilitator, and leader, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, latinx, trans man. René teaches heart-centered, trauma-informed meditation, at the East Bay Meditation Center and other meditation centers. He has co-led the first residential meditation retreats for transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive people. René is a restorative justice facilitator for the Ahimsa Collective, working to heal sexual and gender based violence.
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