Ecstatic poetry can pierce the veil of our human forgetfulness; undermine all that obscures the truth of who we really are and liberate the infinite wisdom and love that abides within us. During this daylong retreat, in silence, meditation, reflection and dharma interaction, we explore the universal mystical themes of longing, fire, union and the capacity for awakened love to transform our lives.
Gavin will weave a selection of poetry from his forthcoming new book, Petals and Blood: Stories, Dharma and Poems of Ecstasy, Awakening and Annihilation, through the day.
This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation students.
Advance praise for Petals and Blood:
From the forward by Joseph Goldstein:
"It is rare to find a book in which the intimacy of the prose, the inspiration of the poetry, and the striking beauty of the photographs interweave into such a unified whole. That wholeness describes Gavin himself, and Petals and Blood is a fitting testament to his amazing life."
An endorsement from James Baraz:
"A modern day Rumi and Hafiz lies right within our midst. Filled with passion and devotion to The Mystery and True Freedom, Petals and Blood dazzles the senses, breaks open the heart and leads us to a place of connection, enchantment and wholeness. Gavin has bared his soul to create a special offering for all lovers of life."
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this day for $25.
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