“Integral practice is a patient, all-encompassing, vital and sinewy affair”. . . – Auribindo
Buddhist practice offers us a generous view – that ultimately we need not be
defined by our personal suffering. This gives us a ‘seat in freedom’, no matter how
brilliant or messed up we believe ourselves to be. However an embodied meditation
practice that fosters ‘flashes of freedom’ also begins to shine light on stunted areas
of development in our psyche. Some meditators can bypass or downplay this
uncomfortable material – yet many are knocking on therapists’ doors to engage in
this personal work.
On this day of practice and inquiry Jess will draw on her twenty years
of meditation practice and her own psychotherapeutic process. She will put
forward her insight into how these two tracks to growth can work hand in hand, as
we walk and sometimes stumble towards a ‘cohesive whole’. She will explore what it is
to work across these domains –and where we might fall short if we don’t.
The evening panel is a conversation framed within shared silence to look at the
rich, edgier and sometimes less spoken of aspects of our meditation
practice. These communal inquiries between Jess, students and guest speakers will
draw on our collective richness and wisdom.
In this session we will explore psychological terrain and how this relates to our meditation practice.
Guest speakers are Carol Perry and Angela McGee.
Carol Perry has 40 years experience in the Insight tradition. Her work spans social work, community living, activism, mindful communication and Hakomi Therapy.
Angela McGee is a Dharma teacher in the Insight tradition, and works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne.
You are invited to bring the rawness and edges of your practice into the light of communal conversation. Let’s gather insight together.
Come along, alone or with friends and partners – all welcome.
Date: 28 August 2022
Day retreat 10am – 4.30pm
Evening panel 6.30 – 8pm
Location: Abbotsford Convent & zoom
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Or book your spot directly:
In-person retreat & panel talk: $75 + dana for Jess’s teaching
In-person retreat only: $60 + dana for Jess’s teaching
Evening panel only: $30 + dana for Jess’s teaching
Online retreat & panel: $35 + dana for Jess’s teaching