Joyfully Surfing the Waves of Impermanence
A New-Years retreat for women.
Join Sandy and Martha in this year-end retreat, in which we are invited to slow down, breathe and relax as we explore the changes in our lives, cultivating kindness and gratitude for the passing year and opening to the time to come. Turning toward the challenges of impermanence and surrendering to the natural unfolding of life, we will explore ways of moving with creative intention into the opportunities of the New Year. In the cradle of meditation and silence, our sharing, writing, singing, ritual dance and other interactive experiences will be held in the warm, supportive environment of Great Vow Monastery. We will bring in the New Year with a celebration including the traditional Zen 108 ringings of the bell.
$50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space - balance due on arrival
Martha Boesing and Sandy Boucher
Martha Boesing in her three decades of Buddhist practice has received lay ordination at Clouds-in-Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN, taken refuge with Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey, and continues her studies at the Shambhala Center in Berkeley, CA. Martha has written over forty produced plays, and led workshops and directed plays for theaters throughout the country. She was Founder and Artistic Director of At the Foot of the Mountain theater in Minneapolis from 1974 to 1984. She has won several national awards including an NEA, a Bush fellowship, and the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American playwrights. Currently she is performing and teaching at the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in the Tenderloin of SF.
Sandy Boucher has been practicing Theravada Buddhism for 30 years. She leads retreats such as “Dharma and Writing” and “Meditation and the Spirit of Creativity” in the Northwest and the S.F. Bay Area. She chronicles the participation of women in American Buddhism through her books, which include: Hidden Spring: A Buddhist Woman Confronts Cancer, Dancing in the Dharma: The Life and Teachings of Ruth Denison, Opening the Lotus: A Woman’s Guide to Buddhism; Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism; and Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion. Sandy's upcoming book will offer stories and art evoking our personal experience of Kwan Yin.