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July 24 @ 6:00 pm - July 26 @ 3:00 pm$50
Mountains and Waters
16922 Cabot Avenue
Land Care Retreat: Spiritual Practice with the Natural World – with safety
A retreat combining Zen sitting and walking meditation with encounter with the natural world, through outdoor walking meditation and awareness practices, and with an opportunity to give back to the land.
To practice safely together, we’ve made several adjustments, which will evolve as new understandings come in. The plans below are based on an understanding that the virus travels mostly by breath and less by surfaces. If you have health issues or are taking special care because of someone in your family, please talk with us before registering. If you have limits to energy or mobility, we can probably accommodate them but let’s talk.
Much of the weekend will be on your own in the natural world outdoors, alone or with your group, in one area chosen by you. You will have time to deeply develop your relationship with that space – learning intimacy by being fully present with it, giving and receiving, practicing love. Each alone segment will be preceded by orientation and guidance, and you can also request support visits. We’ll gather for optional conversation before and after each period of nature immersion; those gatherings will mostly be on the lawn near the house.
You can choose an area that’s easy, flat, close to the house, or rugged, in the woods, up the hill. Similarly you can choose your work projects, quiet or strenuous. The house will be available as needed for rest.
Primitive camping is freely available. Up to three people/groups can stay in the house, in widely separated spaces. There will be plenty of handwashing stations, an outdoor composting toilet, and snacks.
Local people can also commute from home.
Approximate schedule (will adapt to circumstances):
- arrival – 6-7 pm; 5-6 pm if tenting.
- 7-9 Orientation, introductions, zazen outdoors
- 6-7 zazen outdoors
- 7-8 breakfast and outdoor “temple cleaning”
- 8-10 short guidance, then walking meditation outdoors
- 10-12 Dharma talk, discussion, zazen outdoors
- 12-1 lunch
- 1-4 mindful work outdoors
- 4-5 break
- 5-6 zazen outdoors
- 6-7 supper outdoors
- 7-9 open sitting and walking meditation outdoors
- 6-7 zazen outdoors
- 7-8 breakfast and temple cleaning outdoors
- 8-12 combined work and meditation outdoors, in your space
- 12-1 lunch outdoors
- 1-3 brief Dharma talk and discussion; zazen & walking meditation outdoors
- 3 closing circle outdoors
Registration before July 19 is $40; after July 19th by special arrangement only. Work exchange will be available for people who can help set up before or clean up afterward.
Meals and simple accommodations are included. Donations are accepted for teaching; all teachers and organizers are volunteers.
For basic information about coming to the farm, see here.