On-Land Retreat

Nourishing the Beautiful: A Retreat for the LGBTQIA+ Community

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Louije Kim

Louije Kim

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Awakening to the beauty that is within and around us all is an essential part of the Buddhist path, and it is of particular importance to those of us who have been taught to view ourselves and the world in a different light. In practicing together throughout this retreat, we will closely consider—and deeply nurture—what beauty means for us, both individually and collectively. Grounded in kindness, this retreat will offer meditation, mindful movement, heart-centered practices, Dharma talks, practice discussions, and opportunities for inquiry. In creating this beautiful and supportive container, we find greater freedom for ourselves and our communities. This retreat supports all levels of practice and inclusivity for our LGBTQIA+, GNC, and non-binary communities and is open to all levels of meditation experience.

Affinity Group

Open to all self-identified LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Allies, Nonbinary, Genderqueer +)

JD Doyle, MA

JD Doyle, MA

Teacher

JD Doyle(they/them) served as Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, where they co-founded the Alphabet(LGBTQIA+) Sangha, and as Guiding Teacher at Insight Santa Cruz. They graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.

Kate Johnson, MA

Kate Johnson, MA

Teacher

Kate Johnson is a meditation teacher, facilitator, writer and mama. She offers classes and retreats integrating relational spirituality, social justice, somatics and creativity, and consults with organizations committed to equity, sustainability, and the practice of wise relationships. She is also the author of the book Radical Friendship.

Louije Kim, LMFT

Louije Kim, LMFT

Teacher

Louije Kim, LMFT, is a San Francisco Bay Area based dharma practitioner, teacher and licensed psychotherapist. They graduated from Spirit Rock's four-year teacher training in 2020 and teach in various dharma centers locally and across the U.S. They have been working in community mental health settings for over a decade.

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Teacher

Booker is a Spirit Rock Teacher Training graduate, committed to creating a culture of belonging. She was voted as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in 2020, and is a Co-Guiding Teacher of New York Insight. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and pup.

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