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June 23 - 29, 2024

In this weeklong Meditation and Creativity Retreat we will explore how contemplative practice and the creative process are intimately related. We will enter the richness of silence for a nourishing time of meditation and inner reflection, and of creative exploration and expression. We will nurture our bodies with plenty of rest, good healthy food, and time spent walking in the wild beauty of the natural environment, or sitting by a clear mountain stream.

When we enter retreat, and surrender our habitual ways of presenting ourselves in the world, and begin releasing layer after layer of our emotional reactions to the experiences that arise in our lives, we have the opportunity to drop into the vast openness and stillness within. This profound resting in the natural ease of being restores us on every level. As we relax more and more deeply, we reawaken our fundamental curiosity and awareness, until we are free to meet ourselves directly, see things more clearly as they are, and respond in a most authentic and wise and caring way to everything that arises in our experience.

As we reconnect with our innate vitality and aliveness, we access our spontaneous freedom of expression, the exquisite brilliance and exuberance of our essential nature. This is the wellspring of our unique creative energy. We will explore this boundless source of creativity in a variety of ways, both individually and as a group. No previous meditation or artistic experience is necessary. Advanced levels of experience are also welcome, each person engages their meditation practice and creative process at their own growing edge. Individual meetings with the teacher will be offered throughout the retreat to assist this exploration in both areas.