Hakim Tafari

Movement Teacher

Hakim has studied the martial arts since 96, starting off with Southern style Praying mantis Kung fu, then after a major knee injury turning to the internal martial arts, after studying and doing a lot of research decided to start studying Tai Chi Chuan.

From 98 until present he has have studied, taught, researched and spent many of hours practicing the art, in this time he spiritually embarked on Taoism which went hand in and with this mystic art of Tai Chi.

For many years he delved very deep in to the life, philosophy and mystic art of Tai chi, Wu ji and Qi Gong. Hakim has had an opportunity to study with some of the best in Kung Fu and the Internal arts of Tai Chi, Baqua Zhang, also Aikido as well as the powerful art of stick fighting known as Arnis. "Through this lifestyle of Veganism and Martial arts, it has led him to the world of spirituality, especially the beautiful practice of Buddhism and through studying the lessons of Dharma, The Four noble truths, the Eightfold path it has brought myself to a state of calmness and serenity, using mindfulness to orchestrate right actions and right thoughts in putting them in to practice and knowing when the ego needs to be dissolved."

There’s so much beauty in suffering. When you go through the suffering that a lot of us have, you go through such a darkness that you learn to have gratitude for the smallest thing. There were times I didn’t think that I was going to make it out of that space. But when you’ve hit a certain level of suffering and you think there is nothing else, you can look back at these times in that darkness and be like, man, if I didn’t know the depths and the levels of darkness, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this moment right now. When I was literally crawling on the bottom, like “I don’t know if I can make it,” Zen was like “Yes, you can.”
 
Hakim Tafari, The Journeyman of Reinvention

Hakim Tafari's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land

August 5 - August 10, 2024 Monday - Saturday | 5 nights

Young Adult Insight Meditation Retreat

Open to ages 18-32. Come practice silent mindfulness and Insight Meditation in community with your peers. Give yourself a break from constant overstimulation and external demands as we create a supportive space for cultivating greater calm, spaciousness, and presence. Together we will explore the ancient practices of guided and silent sitting, walking, and heart meditations, along with movement, teacher meetings, and Dharma talks. Over the course of the  week, we will extend these practices until the entire day is one of steady, continuous awareness.

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

September 14 - September 18, 2024 Saturday - Wednesday | 4 nights

Aging, Dying, & Awakening

Open to all ages. In this retreat, we’ll explore aging and dying from the Buddhist perspective of meditative practice and awakening. Together, we'll examine aging and death in our conventional lives and see what happens as we normalize these processes as part of the great letting go. How might this “letting go” reveal the awakened heart? This retreat will include meditation instructions, Dharma talks, meetings with teachers, and a daily period of contemplative inquiry during which we will investigate our own relationship to death. Otherwise, this retreat is silent outside of the mentioned above periods.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams

JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy

Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

October 10 - October 19, 2024 Thursday - Saturday | 9 nights

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a Vipassanā retreat in the Thai Forest Tradition, which will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of lovingkindness, and the retreat will include silent stillness and moving meditation, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with the teachers.

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

devon hase

devon hase

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

December 27 - January 3, 2025 Friday - Friday | 7 nights

New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassanā) retreat with stillness and moving in silence, as well as regular meetings with teachers. Each day there will be systematic meditation instructions, Dharma talks, and movement practice. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening meditation and simple ceremony on New Year’s Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

devon hase

devon hase

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari