On-Land Retreat

The Body as Nature, Nature in the Body: Dharma and Our Connection to the Earth

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Will Kabat-Zinn

Will Kabat-Zinn

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Our body can be a powerful vehicle for liberation in this life, containing all that we need to wake up. Yet we may not know how to relate to the body in the ways that can best support this kind of freedom. Throughout this retreat, we will practice ways of connecting to our body with loving awareness while recognizing ourselves as an essential part of nature, which will include developing and deepening the awareness of our own mortality. Together, we will engage in the practices of the Buddhist path in noble silence—sitting, walking, resting, and eating—as we are nurtured and supported by nature on the land at Spirit Rock. This retreat will be held in silence, with the exception of teacher-led Q&A, small group discussions, and other practice meetings.

Affinity Group

Open to all

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Teacher

Anushka Fernandopulle has trained for over 35 years in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Her teaching is informed by nature, arts, political engagement and modern urban life. She also works as a leadership coach and organizational consultant, influenced by a BA in anthropology/religion from Harvard and an MBA from Yale.

Will Kabat-Zinn, MA

Will Kabat-Zinn, MA

Teacher

Will Kabat-Zinn, MA has been practicing meditation for over two decades and has spent extended time in silent retreat both in the US and in Burma. He is passionate about helping people put into practice and experience for themselves the liberating power of mindfulness

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Teacher

Throughout many mind-body adventures, Cara has explored the concentrated mind, chronic illness, the value of pleasure, the power of maternal energy, and connection to the earth. She tries her best to teach from the most authentic place she can muster, and is still learning about the contentment of simply existing.

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