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Meditating with the Redwoods

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:30 PM

MEDITATING WITH THE REDWOODSA Mindfulness Daylong Retreat in NatureSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8(additional 2019 dates: Sunday, August 11; Saturday, October 5)Santa Cruz Mountains9:30 AM - 3:30 PM • Ben Lomond, CAWith Carla Brennan "We can learn from nature enough to be enlightened."Ajahn Chah, Thai Forest Master THE PRACTICE OF THE WILDMystics of all traditions have gone to wild places to seek deeper wisdom. Within us is the capacity for vivid, sensitive, connected presence. We will meditate in silence, listening to our inner and outer experience, attuning our senses to the redwood forest to become part of the natural landscape. ALIVE, AWARE, AWAKE Our true nature is innately wild and free, interrelated with all life. Too often our senses are dulled and our minds distracted, creating a chronic state of disconnection, lack of ease, and discontent. By connecting with our alive presence we can discover our true nature beyond self and separation. This day will be devoted to breaking out of the prison of our conditioned thoughts and habits, the tyranny of “selfing” and “doing,” to feel instead the aliveness and mystery of being. The Buddha repeatedly instructed his followers to go to the forest to meditate. Come practice among old trees and new growth, allowing the stillness of the forest to deepen our meditation. We will slow down and move at the speed of life. The redwoods, madrones and oaks will teach us their secret of presence. We meet outdoors in a lovely natural amphitheater surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Ben Lomond, CA. Mindfulness meditation instructions will be included. There will also be guided sitting and moving meditations, as well as teachings and Q & A. Bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable layered clothing. Join us for meditation without walls. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please only register if you can attend the entire day. We will send a link to facilitate carpooling a few days before the retreat since parking is limited. Directions and information will be emailed to you once you register.DEPOSIT REQUIRED: There is a $20 deposit required to register. If you must cancel your registration, this deposit is fully refundable up to a week before the retreat. There are no refunds within a week of the retreat. THERE IS A SUGGESTED SLIDING SCALE DONATION of $75-175 (including the $20 deposit). More or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also accepted. Checks are written to “Bloom of the Present.” Donations are tax-deductible.CARLA BRENNAN, M.Ed., is the Guiding Teacher with Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in Santa Cruz County. She has trained for 42 years in the Zen, Insight Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Carla also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years and is an artist and psychologist. She recommends practicing in nature to her students as a way to discover their own true nature. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”John Muir MORE INFORMATION: bloomofthepresent.org

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