Online Retreat

BIPOC Grief: Naming the Unnameable and Exploring the Many Faces of Grief and Loss

Mushim Ikeda

Mushim Ikeda

Damali Robertson

Damali Robertson

“There is a price in not expressing one’s grief...There can be so much grief that we grow numb from the unfelt and unexpressed emotions that we carry in our bodies. Unexpressed hurt and pain injures our souls.” – Sobonfu Somé, author, teacher, and activist During this daylong retreat for the BIPOC community, we’ll explore the many faces of grief and loss, including individual, collective, and systemic. How do we learn to be with, even embrace, grief without either bypassing it or being overwhelmed by it? Participants are invited to co-create a safer container in which to practice meditation, engage in small and large group sharing, attend Dharma talks, and give our grief a space to exist and be expressed. Together, we will practice bearing the unbearable and naming the unnameable.

Affinity Group

Open to all self-identified BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

Mushim Ikeda

Mushim Ikeda

Teacher

Mushim Patricia Ikeda is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and has taught BIPOC meditation retreats and classes for 20+ years in California, New Mexico, and online. Her justice-centered writing has been published in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and many socially engaged Buddhist and arts anthologies.

Damali Robertson

Damali Robertson

Teacher

I am an artist, mindfulness practitioner, facilitator, and emerging filmmaker guided by three values: Love, Liberation, and Compassion. I began telling stories on film in 2014. I launched my YouTube channel in 2019 and have talked to incredible people about activism, racial equity, and mindfulness over the last several years.

You Might Also Like

Retreat Online

Saturday, February 24 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wise Livelihood for the BIPOC Community

Open to all self-identified BIPOC. As we gather in beloved community, we will meditate, rejoice, relate, and explore the Buddhist teachings of wise livelihood and how we can apply these teachings to the act of living fully with peace, abundance, and freedom. Wise livelihood is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, and these teachings can profoundly transform our lives and the ways we relate to our work, ourselves, our interpersonal relationships, and to the world at large. 

bruni dávila

bruni dávila

Retreat Online

Saturday, March 2 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Wisdom of Storytelling: The Power of Story to Awaken Hearts

While we’re encouraged in Buddhist traditions to let go of the stories we tell ourselves, Buddhism has used storytelling to impart the teachings of the Buddha for thousands of years. In this workshop, we’ll practice honoring our life experiences, bringing mindfulness to listening and speaking, and understanding one another more deeply. In exploring techniques for crafting compelling story and narrative, we'll also learn how the process itself helps us develop perspective and supports a sense of shared openness and vulnerability.

Alisa Dennis

Alisa Dennis

Retreat Online

Saturday, March 9 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Mindfulness with Breathing: Doorway to Wisdom

The breath is precious. From the first inhale at birth to the last exhale at death, the breath is our constant companion, and serves as many peoples’ introduction to meditation practice. As the Ānāpānasti sutta teaches us, it is also the doorway to the depths of Dhamma. This daylong will use the Ānāpānasti sutta as a roadmap to steadying the heart and mind, pointing us to freedom. We will explore this foundational teaching through guided meditations, talks, and Q&A.

Dawn Mauricio

Dawn Mauricio