First Steps: A Daylong Meditation Retreat for Beginners
Saturday May 18, 2013 from 9am to 4pm
* registration is now full, email connect [at] briandeanwilliams.com to be added to the waitlist *
Mountain Rain Zendo, Vancouver BC
facilitated by Brian Dean Williams
Have you ever said: “My mind is too busy, I can’t meditate” ?
or, “I’ve considered meditation but found the teachings / teachers too inaccessible” ?
Have you been curious about meditation for awhile but never tried a retreat?
This daylong retreat might be a fit. This is for newcomers to meditation and Buddhist practice, at a relaxed pace with an emphasis on kind awareness. With a mix of discussing basic Buddhist principles and practicing seated and walking meditation, the intention is provide a gateway into greater awareness, acceptance, and compassion. This is intended to be a welcoming / safe space for people of all backgrounds, including people of colour and people from LGBTQ communities. There is no need to be Buddhist or to abandon existing beliefs / practices to participate in this retreat.
Facilitator: Brian lives in East Vancouver with his family. He is a local therapist, activist, educator, and meditation facilitator with a keen interest in social justice. Brian trained with Noah Levine in Los Angeles at the Against the Stream meditation centre. He uses a secular Buddhist approach and practices in the Thai Forest lineage, with some Tibetan influences as well. His approach to facilitation is warm, humorous, and welcoming.
Cost: non-refundable $20 deposit by cash, cheque, or Paypal: http://tinyurl.com/cbo5vcs (you don’t need a PayPal account, just a credit card). No-one turned away for lack of funds.
on day of retreat, dana / donation accepted by facilitator
Location: Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall Street, Vancouver BC
Time: doors open at 9am, session begins at 9:30am. Retreat ends at 4pm.