Through the Looking Glass: Exploring Creativity and the Dharma

Through the Looking Glass: Exploring Creativity and the Dharma
Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 5:00pm - Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 1:00pm
Schedule: To Be Announced
Price: $250 ($225 Members) + dana


A New Year’s Retreat for Women


Led by Martha Boesing and Sandy Boucher

Join Sandy and Martha in this year-end retreat, in which we are invited to slow down, breathe, and relax as we look into the springs of our own creativity. Our imaginations open us up to a wider understanding of reality and help us to become fully responsive to all life’s unfolding. So we ask: What arouses my creativity? What holds me back from being the most creative person I can be? How does my creativity serve me? How can I use my creativity to deepen my relationship to the Dharma? In the cradle of meditation and silence we will journey together into our own creative landscapes through ritual, art, song, dance, and writing – all 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 rings of the bell.

$50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space - balance due on arrival.

Martha Boesing and Sandy Boucher

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.