Renewing the World: A Weekend of Mindfulness, Mediation, and Writing Practice in the Tradition of Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Led by Maxine Hong Kingston with Wendy Johnson and Jim Scott Behrends and members of the Veteran Writers Group
“Processing chaos through story and poem, the writer shapes and forms experience,
changing the past and renewing the existing world.”
—Maxine Hong Kingston, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.
Sustained by silence, community and meditation, this annual autumn weekend of mindfulness
is dedicated to nurturing peace in ourselves and in our communities. Through
the practices of sitting and walking meditation, writing in community, mindful movement,
sharing meals in silence, and participating in Dharma talks and dialogue, the world is renewed.
Veterans of war and their families and friends are warmly invited to join this retreat.
We will close our time together with a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and a
peace ceremony on Sunday morning, Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012.
FRIDAY WRITING WORKSHOP: Before the mindfulness retreat, Maxine Hong Kingston and Earll Kingston will offer a special writing session on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
WRITING WORKSHOP FEE: $40
MINDFULNESS RETREAT: Registration and check-in for the mindfulness retreat begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to 50 participants. Register as soon as possible to reserve your space.
MINDFULNESS RETREAT FEE: $185
See form on reverse to register
Maxine Hong Kingston is the recipient of 2008 National Book Foundation Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the author of many books, including The Woman Warrior, The Fifth Book of Peace, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (editor)
and most recently I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Maxine founded the Veteran Writers Group, which will have its 20th anniversary next year. Koa Books has published an anthology of the group’s work, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.
Jim Scott-Behrends has been involved in Zen practice and the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years. He is a lay Dharma teacher in the Order of Interbeing. Since 1982, Jim
has been a teacher of the Internal Arts (Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation).
Wendy Johnson has been practicing Zen meditation since 1971. A lay Dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, Wendy is a long-time organic gardener who teaches in Bay Area
public schools and at College of Marin. She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, published in 2008.
This retreat is organized with the help of the Heart Sangha of Santz Cruz .
Renewing the World
Retreat Dates: Friday, November 9, 4 p.m. until Sunday, November 11, 2012. 2 p.m. Retreat Fee: $185
Maxine Hong Kingston and Earll Kingston will offer a special writing session on Friday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for an additional fee of $40.
VEGETARIAN MEALS are included.
SCHOLARSHIP DONATIONS are welcome, to support those who need help to participate.
For financial assistance, contact David Lawrence (e-mail below)
Retreat Fee ($185): $___________
Scholarship Donation: $___________
Optional Friday Writing Workshop ($40): $___________
TOTAL ENCLOSED (Payable to NorCal CML Retreat Fund): $___________
If you need financial assistance, please contact David Lawrence prior to registering:
Prior experience with meditation:
Special concerns/needs, including medical/dietary concerns:
All retreat lodging will be shared. If you and a friend would like to share a room, please write your friend’s name
below. We will honor your request to the best of our ability.
E-MAIL OR MAIL FORM AND SEND PAYMENT TO:
Deborah Taylor, 241 John Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95076 email@example.com
If you have questions about registration, please email Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-458-1072
With gratitude for your presence and practice
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