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Transforming the Inner Critic—A Day-long Workshop On-line

Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

We contain multitudes - thoughts, voices and perspectives. For most of us, certain thought patterns or voices can get out of balance. The Inner Critical voice and the Outer Judgmental voice are two of these voices. When we are identified with the Inner Critic or Outer Judge they have the power to destroy relationships and turn our minds towards anxiety and depression, leaving us feeling physically, mentally and emotionally depleted, un-resourced and stuck in a spiral of negativity.

During this retreat we will explore the theory and practices of Voice Dialogue and Zen Meditation. Voice Dialogue helps us identify voices or parts of ourselves, feel what they feel like in the body and listen to what they have to say. This technique can help us become familiar with the physical and energetic components of voices that cause suffering, broadening our awareness. For awareness melts over-identification and makes space for choice.

Zen Meditation is a practice of Awareness. In meditation we can recognize the various voices and energies moving through us, giving us space and perspective to begin to allow the dance of life.

Join us for this enlivening retreat, as we free up our vital energy and clarity, re-discovering the spacious, joy of the all inclusive heart.

This is a full day workshop style retreat with two three-hour teaching sessions in the morning and evening. The teaching sessions will include theory/lecture from the teachers, exercises (journaling, drawing), break-out groups, facilitation and guided meditation.

The teaching schedule can be found below. The times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time

Morning Session : 9:30A - 12:30P

Afternoon Session : 2:30P - 5:30P

Opportunities for one-on-one facilitation sessions with Jogen Sensei are available for additional dana. Please email the directly to inquire about the one-on-one sessions.

Retreat participants will also have the opportunity to join in the meditation sessions in the early morning and late evening with the monastics.

Join us in this new platform as we figure out together how to continue to teach and offer the healing nectar of dharma, sustain the monastery and support each other in practice during this pandemic.

Workshop cost is Sliding Scale please donate what you can and know that your offering helps keep the Zen Community of Oregon afloat during this time of closure. Your contribution directly supports the teachers, monastics and the care for our places of practice.

Sliding Scale : $10 - $250

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016
Donations welcomed