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Cultivating Joy as a Practice: A Daylong Retreat for LGBTQI and Gender Fluid

April 28, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cultivating Joy as a Practice: A Daylong Retreat for LGBTQI and Gender Fluid
Neurologists, psychologists and even medical doctors now acknowledge that the energies of appreciation, joy and gratitude are key elements for sustaining good health and happiness. Buddhism has many practices that contribute to this well being and in particular is the cultivation of joy and appreciation. We don’t have to be any different than we are, nor improve ourselves to appreciate what is already living inside of us. This day will be dedicated to five of the eleven traditional practices of cultivating appreciation and joy.

There will be guided mindfulness and joy meditations, time for group inquiry and a dharma talk. This day welcomes beginners and senior practioners from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Gender Fluid community.



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 teacher U Bha 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 have been 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.

To learn more about Arinna’s work, you can visit her website at: www.arinnaweisman.org

Cost: The registration fee for this event is $45. 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 28, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Stephen Pickard – Program Coordinator


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