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The Revolutionary Power of the Ordinary: a 5-Day Retreat
February 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - March 3, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
We are excited to welcome long-time friend Rev. angel Kyodo willams for her first retreat at The Stone House!
In a culture that celebrates a constant barrage of the latest, newest thing to pay attention to, we can easily lose track of the ordinary.
No matter how many new and shiny things come about–and they will keep coming– it is the ordinary, and how we relate to it, that possesses an inherent power to initiate profound change in our lives. The secret lies in cultivating our ability to settle down and abide in the ordinary without seeking a way out. We surrender to just what is in front of us. Paradoxically, it is from here that our eyes and hearts open to the possibility of deep change.
This retreat uses the newDharma approach to transformation. newDharma retreats are rooted in stillness with a consistent return to:
- attention to mind through sitting meditation,
- attention to body through an accessible yoga practice
- attention to how we live our lives with wisdom & compassion and a love for justice through brief talks & discussion
Join us for this ordinary retreat and be prepared for revolutionary change.
Rev. angel is a maverick spiritual teacher, activist and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, hailed as “a classic” by Jack Kornfield, and “an act of love” by novelist Alice Walker. Though a dharmaholder in the Zen Peacemaker Order, she holds allegiance to no tradition, school or dogma and her teachings are influenced by a breathtaking variety of perspectives, practices and Ways. Rev. angel devotes herself to articulating Transformative Social Change—applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change—as America’s next great movement. She notes, “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”
Her work has been widely covered, including in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Village Voice and on the Oxygen Channel. She is the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, CA.
The fee is a sliding scale of $300 – $450 and covers meals, indoor housing, and materials. Lower-cost camping options and partial scholarships are also available. In keeping with tradition, participants will have the opportunity to offer “dana” or generosity for the teachings at the end of the retreat, to support the teachers and manager in continuing to freely offer and make the teachings accessible to all who seek them. The retreat will be held at The Stone House, a center for spiritual life and strategic action on 70 acres in Mebane, NC. The retreat begins on February 27th with dinner and ends on the March 3rd after lunch.