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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Awakening Strength, Courage and Tenderness: A Retreat for the LGBTQI Gender-Fluid Community
Arinna Weisman, Larry Yang, Melvin Escobar (yoga), Alisa Dennis (trainee), Joan 'JD' Doyle (trainee)
Friday, October 27, 3:00pm - Tuesday, October 31, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1035 - $470 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 308R17.
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NOTE: All Young Adult rates and Scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.



How do we open to the challenges and uncertainties of our lives and the worlds we live in without being imprisoned in hatred, passivity or grief. The Buddha's teaching of liberation offers us a practice to build the capacities of faith, kindness and wisdom and to orient towards building peace.

In the blessings of our queer community we will to explore ourselves through guided meditations dharma talks and group and individual inquiry.

Alisa L. Dennis and JD Doyle, who are both in the current teachers training program, will be with the teaching team on this retreat.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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