One day retreat integrating Art and Dharma practice with Adriene Jenik and Arinna Weisman

June 1, 2019

A Community Gathering to Explore Spiritual Resilience, Climate Change and Creativity with Adriene Jenik and Arinna Weisman

We will offer guided meditations with mindfulness and loving kindness that build strength to face our changing natural world. We will also have the opportunity to express grief and anger in a safe container and build a collective alter through art, poetry, song or other expressions to celebrate our capacity to call in joy.

We will take some time to rest after lunch moving between alone time and walking meditation in the beauty of the land and then come together in a circle to share what we have started and/or completed in our time apart to build the alter. We will have the opportunity to offer blessings to ourselves and the planet and end the day with meditation and a sharing of the merit.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own creative tools and materials or use materials and supplies on hand at the center supply shed, junk pile, etc.

This day is open to everyone who is interested and is offered freely. You will have an opportunity to offer a donation at the end of the day.

Time 10am -5pm

A simple vegetarian lunch is provided


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Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are offered out of generosity.

Your registration cost covers food and lodging only. According to the ancient tradition of dana those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support the teachings may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.

Dāna offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received.

About the Instructors

Arinna Weisman

Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great Burmese lay teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism; American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.

Her dharma practice and teaching are infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

Adriene Jenik

Adriene Jenik is an artist and educator who resides in the hi desert. Her current creative research projects include “data humanization” performances, immersive learning experiments and street performances reading “climate futures” with her ECOtarot deck.