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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Unattended Past: Healing the Heart
Verlinda Montoya, Carol Cano
Sunday, March 18, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $40 - 100. Please bring your lunch. Code CC1D18.
OPEN-Register Here

Open to all self-identified women of color.

In truly listening to our most painful songs, we can learn the divine arts of forgiveness and compassion.
Opening the heart begins by opening to a lifetime’s accumulation of unacknowledged sorrow, both personal and universal.

We look for deep healing of life issues to break free from whatever has held us back, to live with real purpose and meaning based on our true heart. We will explore how to live from our deepest authenticity, which will open and heal other dimensions of our being.

These teachings are offered by vipassana teacher Carol Cano. A traditional Native American Lakota sweat lodge, teachings and songs will be led by Verlinda Montoya, a Native American medicine woman. These ceremonies will renew our hearts and open us to a new state of awareness.

For the sweat lodge, Verlinda will create the sacred space in which to ground ourselves in a traditional ceremony to purify and connect physical and spiritual worlds. We will return to Earth’s womb and emerge cleansed, ready to fulfill our intentions for a deeper practice of the heart. The sweat lodge ceremony is a sacred ritual for connecting us through prayer and song. A gift of life.

The sweat lodge ceremony is optional; women on their moon time (menstruation) should honor tradition and not participate. Anyone who wishes to meditate, rather than enter the sweat lodge, will be offered guided sitting and walking meditation practice throughout the day.

The daylong is open to all self-identified women of color with all levels of meditation experience, including newcomers. Please register early, especially if wish to attend the sweat lodge ceremony so we can plan ahead.

Please bring lunch to share for a potluck following the event, a towel, a loose sundress or t-shirt with a sarong or skirt to change into for the sweat lodge ceremony. Traditionally, a long, loose dress covering the knees and a top with sleeves is worn in the lodge.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $20.


General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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