In the Buddhist tradition, Joy is an essential ingredient on the spiritual path. It is one of the seven factors of enlightenment and one of the four Brahma Viharas, often translated as the four “heavenly abodes.” Joy is not only a mind state but also a quality of the heart that celebrates the good in us and in others. We can learn to cultivate this precious quality and practice living a more joy-filled life. All are welcome to come and join this half-day class.
This half day class will be followed by a “Until We Meet Again” Going Away Celebration & Potluck for Spring Washam from 1:00 - 4:00PM
Within each woman there is an ever-flowing fountain of creative energy and innate wisdom. Within the safe and nourishing container of this silent retreat, we’ll cultivate an approach to meditative practice that honors the feminine, intuitive and embodied dimensions of a woman’s spiritual journey.
Join a diverse circle of women on the path of embodied presence in this meditation retreat designed to awaken and empower ourselves. Whatever your age, ethnicity, body type, or sexual orientation, as women we share a common longing to heal our hearts, honor our interconnectedness and take empowered action in the world.
We will use the tools of 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.
All those who self-identify as women are welcome.
Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.
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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.
Please join me for a beautiful daylong at the East Bay Meditation Center, from 10-4pm. We will explore teachings from A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment.
Description: Learning to meet the inner and outer challenges of life with an open heart takes a fierceness that we can develop and cultivate through practice. On our spiritual path, we balance the two great wings of awakening: wisdom and compassion. Perfect wisdom gives rise to perfect compassion. During this daylong, we will explore wisdom, compassion, strength, and courage. The day will include periods of meditation, teachings and group discussion. There will be a practical emphasis on how we apply and live these powerful teachings in our everyday lives. This is an excellent program for those new to practice as well as for experienced practitioners.
Please register with EBMC by clicking HERE
I will be visiting New York from March 26th-April 3rd and would love to see you for some teachings! Please click on the events for more information and to read more about each event. Please keep checking back as I will be adding more events to the schedule.
March 28th: Brooklyn Zen Center Sit & Talk 6:50-9pm: The theme of the evening’s program is Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. I will also be sharing some of my favorite stories from A Fierce Heart. The evening will begin with a 30-minute guided meditation at 6:50 p.m., followed by a dharma talk and discussion at 7:30 p.m., and book signing and tea time at 8:30 p.m.
April 2nd: New York Insight Meditation Center Sit & Talk 7-9pm: This two-hour evening workshop will begin with a group meditation followed by teachings on strength, courage and wisdom, and stories from A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. There will be an opportunity to purchase a book and have it signed at the conclusion of evening. This is a People of Color and Ally group event. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Awakening The Goddess-A Daylong for Self-Identified Women: Feminine wisdom is on the rise and each of us has a part to play in the healing of our world. Within each woman, there is a fountain of creative energy, power, and innate wisdom. Whatever our age, ethnicity, body type, or sexual orientation, as women, we share a common longing to heal our hearts, honor our interconnectedness and take empowered action in the world. Within the safe and nourishing container of this daylong retreat, we will explore different dimensions of a woman’s spiritual journey.
For more information, or to sign up, please visit the Eventbrite Website.
Courage at the Crossroads: Faith over Fear: We all have to find a way to make peace with fear. Over time, we learn to develop genuine courage in the face of it. The spiritual warrior sees fear as an opportunity to learn and grow. There is nothing scarier than facing the unknown yet nothing more exciting. This daylong is for everyone who feels stuck at the spiritual crossroads. It’s time to take the big leap forward and develop faith. This class will include guided meditations, group work and talks on the theme of the day.
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.
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!
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.
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.