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Daylong Retreat: Refuge for the Resistance with Leslie Booker

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The writer Audre Lorde said, “The Master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
And at times it might seem that we live in a world that only values the three poisons of Greed, Hatred and Delusion.

As activists, agitators and change makers, many of us were taught that if we scream louder, sleep less and are more burnt out, then we would be held as the most devoted to the cause. And in response, we might incline our thoughts, words, actions, our hearts, towards these poisons.

What if we chose other tools to respond with?

In this daylong retreat, we will practice with how to direct our thoughts and actions towards Loving Kindness, to create the kind of heart that can hold the humanity of All Beings. Working with the Brahmaviharas, we’ll utilize these practices to liberate the heart and build resiliency, in order to transform rage and anger into skillful action.



Booker brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of Dharma, embodied wisdom, and social justice. Working for over a decade with the most vulnerable populations in NYC, she shares her expertise nationally as a public speaker, Dharma teacher, and trainer, in the efforts to support the sustainability of front line changemakers. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training (2012), Community Dharma Leader’s Training (2016), and will graduate from their 4 year Residential Teacher Training in 2020. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting and contributed to the paper on Gender and Trauma through Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street.  www.lesliebooker.com

Cost: The registration fee for this event is $55. This fee is shared with the teacher, however does not mean the costs of the event or the teachings are fully covered. A dana (voluntary donations) may be made at the event, and we encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able. Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. There is a sliding scale and you may contact the event coordinator if you need a full scholarship.


April 27
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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