February 2-4, 2018 | Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World | Retreat for People of Color


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BBMC Annual Residential Retreat:

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World

UPCOMING!  For people of color: February 2-4, 2018

Sanctuary Retreat Center, 19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD  20839

Registration Open!   https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/

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Overview:  In this retreat, we will pause to stop running, to stop ‘doing’, to calm our minds and bodies and be at ease. A retreat is an opportunity to let go of our worry and anxiety about the past and the future, rest, and begin to be present for what is happening in the present moment. Everyone can practice because everyone can breathe. We will focus on the relationship between body, breath and mind. Slowly, we will develop greater awareness of ourselves, and how we can bring peace, joy and healing to ourselves, our relationships and our communities, by living a more wakeful life. Our retreats are suitable for both beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners.

Activities:  Each day includes sitting and walking meditation, gentle movement and awareness exercises, mindful eating and teachings. There is also free time for personal practice. We will observe noble silence each evening after dinner concluding after breakfast. As this is a residential retreats, please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.

Cost:  Sliding scale: $250 – $300. The fee includes all vegetarian meals and accommodations.  These are residential retreats.  Please plan to stay overnight instead of commuting.  Please give at the highest level you can afford so others can attend.  Some scholarships are available – contact Marisela at socialhealthconcepts@gmail.com.

Travel:  Carpooling facilitated. Email bbmcspace@gmail.com to request or offer a ride share.

Registration:     https://socialhealthconcepts.wufoo.com/forms/z19hrcog0nm44rm/ 

Retreat Facilitators:

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth. Visit kairajewel.com for more information. And here (http://www.kairajewel.com/audio-talks/) for a dharma talk offered on a retreat she led for people of color in the UK.

Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner (ordained in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing), public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/health research. Author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, she has written numerous book chapters, popular and scholarly publications. She blogs at Huff Post (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/socialhealthconcepts-297) and mariselabgomez.com on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness. For a TedTalk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSZEsPnhIXg) on healing racism through waking up.

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