In times of great uncertainty, embracing change can feel difficult. Yet, as Thich Nhat Hanh once said, "We don't suffer because everything is impermanent. We suffer because we want it to be permanent." While many of us aspire to ride the waves of change, our individual will-power often feels ill-equipped to transform the habits of our mind. How do we create a web of affinities that can afford us the capacity and resiliency for our inner transformation? Moreover, who do we have to be to support such a "sacred space" for others to benefit?
From Jan 31st to Feb 6th, we are hosting a "Sacred Space" immersion, with seasoned "ladders" from around our ecosystem, who have anchored hundreds of offline (and now online) retreats around the globe.
Our collective pod will explore questions like: What does it mean to "hold space"? How does a space become sacred? Are there elements of a shared space that nudge transactional relationships towards deeper connections and noble friendships? If, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, "peace is not the absence of tension," how do we cultivate equanimity to hold an optimal tension? What is the edge between skilfulness and authenticity? How do you respond to the emergence of the now without losing trust in an infinite emergence? What conditions create physical, psychological and spiritual safety while also pushing us towards vulnerability of the unknown? Does the "middle way" also apply to virtue -- grit and surrender, self-care and self-sacrifice, humility and conviction? If hierarchies are efficient but narrow, and circles encourage flow but create exclusion, what is the form for holding the formless?
If these questions resonate, we invite you to join our Pod!
||Jan 31: Orientation Call
We'll start with a virtual orientation call to connect all retreat participants and volunteers and to take you through the process of daily prompts and other immersion details.
Time: 90 minutes (7AM PST)
||Feb 1-Feb 5: Diving In, Head, Hands, Heart!
For these 5 days, you'll get a daily prompt with a "head" reading and a "hands" practice, and a "heart" reflection. As you submit your responses, you'll also get to read other participant responses.
Time: 1-3 hours per day. It's self-regulated, depending on how deep you want to dive. :)
||Feb 6: Interaction
On Saturday, we'll host a virtual gathering to marinate our collective learnings, hear from couple guest speakers, and apply our learnings to concrete case studies. Open to all who have completed prior prompts.
Time: 3 hours (7:00AM PST). Icing on the cake. :)
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