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

Reclaiming Our Ancestral Heritage and Lineage and Awakening Our Own Courage and Wisdom - a day for the LGBT*QI community
Arinna Weisman, Sandy Boucher, Amana Brembry Johnson
Saturday, April 22, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code AW2D17.
OPEN-Register Here

This Daylong program is for the Lesbian, gender fluid, transgender, bisexual and queer community.

We are part of a vital stream extending back to the life of the Buddha. The enlightened women of early Buddhism are our forebears, bringing a unique quality to our practice. These women (and those in the closet) had to go against society in order to pursue their spiritual practice; they rebelled, defying the expectations of their culture and families (parents, husbands), not unlike our lesbian, trans, queer experience of coming out into a hostile world.

These women found the courage to challenge the messages of internalized patriarchy and created a legacy to guide us. Inspired by them, we call in love, courage and presence to create the space for new or unconditioned ways to become fully ourselves. We will also challenge the obstructions of the heart both personal and cultural that stop us from taking our place in this world.

In this daylong, we will create a container held by sitting and walking meditation, movement, guided meditation with mindfulness, loving-kindness and community sharing. Please bring an item for the altar that represents your lineage, a teacher, a mentor. (The item remains yours to take home at the end of the day.) Students of color are especially encouraged to attend.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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