This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassana) retreat with sitting and walking in silence, and regular meetings with teachers. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening sitting and simple ceremony on New Year's Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome.
New Year's Mental Cleanse, 4-class series
All of us carry large amounts of mental clutter and loads of junk in the mind. Are you ready for the ultimate mental cleanse to let it all go? If so then join us for this powerful class series meant to jump-start the new year. For 30 days we will develop a mindfulness practice, cultivate love and compassion and let go of the past. This is a great class for beginners as well as experienced students!
Love is the Answer Daylong in Sacramento
This is an excellent daylong for all those who feel energetically stuck in the past and are unable to break free and move forward. In this daylong we will focus on metta practice, self-compassion and forgiveness in order to let go.
Women's Daylong at Spirit Rock
Please join me for a weeklong women's retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. This retreat will focus on mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness, body-based practices, mandala drawing and dharma talks to transform the deep conditioning that can keep us from continually expressing our essential value.
Please join me at Spirit Rock for a 6-day Metta and Qi Gong retreat. On this retreat, loving kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction as well as Qigong meditation, and regular meetings with the teachers.
A Fierce Heart Daylong for People of Color
Finding strength, courage, and wisdom in any moment is the theme of this special day. We invite all self-identified people of color to gather for a daylong of inspiration, community, love, and renewal. A book signing will follow.
I am happy to announce I will be visiting beautiful Minneapolis Minnesota for four days of teachings at Common Ground Meditation Center. Common Ground is a community meditation center dedicated to the practice of mindfulness.
Public Talk with Spring Washam - For People of Color: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment - Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
Public Talk with Spring Washam: Love is the Answer
Friday, November 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Daylong for women with Spring Washam: Wisdom Rising
Saturday, November 18, 9:30am-4:00pm
Morning Practice Group With Spring Washam: The Wisdom of Inclusion – Opening the Heart to All Beings - Sunday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Fall Insight Meditation Retreat
Date: Monday, October 16, 3:00pm - Thursday, October 26, 11:30am
Location: upper Retreat Hall
Cost: $3015 - $1370 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 306R17.
Register: Will open for registration on 5/16/2017
Details: This retreat will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of loving-kindness and silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.
At the heart of the Buddhist teachings is the eight-fold path. It can be described as the road to happiness and the path to freedom. They are eight valuable principles that provide us with a clear way to navigate through the complexities of our lives. Learning how to live these core teachings helps us to meet our challenges with deeper levels of wisdom and compassion. This daylong with include periods of meditation, talks on the theme of the day and some reflective group work.
Date: Monday, September 25, 3:00pm - Sunday, October 1, 11:30am
Location: Spirit Rock Meditation Center - upper Retreat Hall
Cost: $1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 300R17. Will open for registration on 5/24/2017
Details: "A women in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will go without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself."
How do we live balanced, embodied, meaningful lives amid the complexities of our lives as contemporary women? How do we meet our ever-changing bodies with acceptance, love, and a sense of humor? How do we respond wisely to our current social and environmental realities that call for our unique contribution?
We all need nourishing spaces to slow down and listen to the wisdom of our bodies-so we can grow into the wise, wild, present, and joyful women that the world desperately needs. Join a diverse circle of women for a retreat that integrates a seamless flow of mindfulness meditation in both movement and in stillness. We will consciously create a nourishing space for women of all races, sizes, ages, sexual identities, religions and classes to dive into the depths of our individual and collective rivers. We'll honor the lineages of awakened women as we sit and move in a circle of sisters, grandmothers, mothers, and daughters.
Seated meditation will alternate with periods of qigong, gentle yoga, and guided movement explorations--releasing habitual tension and returning us to the river of love, awareness, and wisdom that is our birthright. We learn to sustain an unbroken flow of embodied mindfulness in a durable and flexible way that translates directly to our daily lives. Through stilling the mind and moving the body freely, we awaken a well-spring of power and energy so we can return to the world as our full selves. All those who identify as women are welcome.
I have launched a new organization called, "Lotus Vine Journeys" where we offer a very unique retreat experience. Join me for a magical 14-day retreat that includes, plant based medicine, meditation and yoga. All Lotus Vine retreats are held at a beautiful eco-lodge outside of Tarapoto in Peru. The highest vision we hold for Lotus Vine Journeys is to help you free your heart and to remember who you truly are. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing retreat environment so that our guests can comfortably experience the healing powers of Ayahuasca in a traditional Amazonian setting. We will also be exploring the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist philosophy. We provide a loving and dedicated team of staff so that each guest can receive an accelerated spiritual, emotional, mental and physical cleanse of their entire system. The core of our work is deeply healing, transformative and life changing.
Location: PumaRinri Amazon Lodge, Tarapoto, Peru
Cost: 14 day Retreats (8 ceremonies): US $2,580 per person
For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For booking details please visit our website: www.lotusvinejourneys.com
I have witnessed many miracles over the last 8 years and it's time I shared this beautiful work with others. If you feel called please join me!
The potential exists in every human being to love without defenses or fear, so that true intimacy – direct, unobstructed, heart-to-heart connection with ourselves and others – becomes a way of life. We can learn to share, one heart to another, through the power of unconditional love. We can become more whole in ourselves so that we can be energized and empowered on our paths. Barriers to authentic connection occur due to unconscious fears that are rooted in the past. This workshop will provide safe, nurturing space to explore those fears and barriers. The workshop will include powerful interactive group processes, periods of meditation, sacred music, movement, and group discussion.
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (Metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Mindful presence and loving-kindness are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding.
Dharma practice offers us a way to develop a deep and abiding freedom beyond external conditions and changing circumstances. In this silent, intensive meditation retreat, we will be practicing sitting and walking meditation as well as cultivating mindfulness in our daily activities. Our practice will be supported by dharma talks, yoga practice, group meetings and Q & A with teachers. We will have a special focus on the theme of self love, healing and liberation.
I have launched a new organization called, "Lotus Vine Journeys" where we offer a very unique retreat experience. Join me for a magical 14-day retreat that includes, plant based medicine, meditation and yoga.
Led by Alice Walker & Spring Washam. Join us for a very special daylong celebrating our beauty, strength and wisdom in a circle of sisters. This day will include poetry, meditation and sharing circles. Please bring a sacred object and a flower to share on our alter. We will be having a potluck lunch together so also bring a vegetarian dish to share.
Learning to let go and live in the moment is at the very heart of the spiritual path. Everything can be summed up into these two words, “Let go”. We long for serenity but this only comes from making peace with the past. To transform our lives we have to be willing to say goodbye to the old chains and prisons, and step into the light.
I have launched a new organization called, "Lotus Vine Journeys" where we offer a very unique retreat experience. Join me for a magical 14-day retreat that includes, plant based medicine, meditation and yoga. All Lotus Vine retreats are held at a beautiful eco-lodge outside of Tarapoto in Peru. The highest vision we hold for Lotus Vine Journeys is to help you free your heart and to remember who you truly are. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing retreat environment so that our guests can comfortably experience the healing powers of Ayahuasca in a traditional Amazonian setting. We will also be exploring the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist philosophy. We provide a loving and dedicated team of staff so that each guest can receive an accelerated spiritual, emotional, mental and physical cleanse of their entire system.
All self-identified women are welcome. Feminine wisdom is on the rise everywhere, and yet many of us feel held back and unable to express our deepest truth. Now is the time to gather together to reclaim our traditions, our voices and our hearts. We are intentionally calling all mothers, sisters, daughters and grandmothers to join in creating a powerful council of women to not only laugh but also to cry and speak the truth of our sacred longings with one another.