Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
- (Sufi Poet Rumi)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Upcoming NVC Retreat in Florida


Where the inner work and the outer work meet and merge.

Friday December 17, 6pm - Sunday December 19, 1pm, 2010

Gainesville Retreat Center

A weekend retreat combining the wisdom and practice of Zen Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication

From presence flows greater compassion for all beings. In presence, we nourish our spirits so that all life may flourish. This retreat offers guidance and sustenance for your inner work, empowering you to be totally present to the reality of relationships, humanity, and earth. Such presence helps heal our world.

The retreat will introduce:

· the basics of Nonviolent Communication;

· meditation practice in the Zen tradition;

· the mutual interdependence of “inner” work and “outer” relationship work.

Together we will share sitting and walking meditation, floating meditation (there's a heated pool), and nature meditation. Interspersed throughout the weekend will be time for individual reflection and journaling, as well as group learning in both NVC and Zen Buddhism. A more detailed schedule and directions will be mailed at a later date.

Retreat Leaders: Revv. Meredith Garmon and LoraKim Joyner (Unitarian Univeraslist)

Meredith is senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

of Gainesville, a Zen practitioner for 9 years,

and a senior student

Sanbo Kyodan Zen school

Sanbo Kyodan Zen school

LoraKim is a UU minister who has served in

congregations in Raleigh, NC; El Paso, TX; and

Gainesville, FL and is a Certified Trainer

in Nonviolent Communication

(based on Marshall Rosenberg's work and the

Center for Nonviolent Communication


Location: Gainesville Retreat Center

Time: Friday at 6 p.m. (begins with dinner) until Sunday at noon (ends with lunch).

Accommodations: The retreat center is a converted large home on over 100 acres near Newnan Lake. The home beds 12 people in a dormitory style setting. Meals are simple, but ample and delicious vegetarian. We have space for 25 people at the retreat. You may choose other lodging or commute during the day.

Costs: Two nights lodging with all meals: $120 double, $160 single

Daytrippers: 2 lunches, 2 dinners: $65

Registration: To register, email LoraKim with your intention to attend. To reserve your spot, send a check to LoraKim.

Deadline: December 1, 2010.

amoloros@juno.com, 352-375-8531, 3109 NW 35th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605

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