2018 Luminous Ground Fall Weekend Retreat
November 9 @ 11:00 am - November 11 @ 1:00 pm$390
Teachings on Five Elements – Part One: Fire Element
“Happiness does not come from intensity – but from balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.”
– Thomas Merton
The only way to wake up is…together. Come for a weekend to dive deep into what true connection means and discover what blocks us from it.
As someone who struggled mightily with relationships for a large part of my life, I had to learn exactly how they are nurtured and how I was cutting myself off from other people. I’ve learned that everything from our point of view to our posture is involved in connecting with others. But at the foundation, it all has to do with how we connect to ourselves. Through this work I rebuilt my life with strong relationships, feeling true support, and most of all, knowing I can never be disconnected from anything.
We will be learning about the fire element within us: passionate, colorful, connected, appreciative. We will learn to tap into our inherent wisdom. This fire element can also turn against us, giving us exactly what we don’t want. Take this story about Tom for example:
Tom, an intelligent and witty person, likes to stir up trouble. He is a bit of a social outcast. Whenever he joins a conversation in a group, he makes comments that are insightful and accurate yet controversial and disturbing. The conversation quickly becomes more intense, with everyone reacting to his comments. After a short time, however, the people in the group grow uncomfortable with the level of intensity and move to less controversial topics. Tom is ignored, so he makes another insightful and disturbing comment, initiating another cycle of reaction. His actions constantly recreate the conditions that trigger the reaction. Each new cycle takes place at a higher level of intensity, spiraling upward in energy. Tom continues to make situations intense as a reactions to the feeling of isolation, and groups react by isolating him.
Does Tom remind you of anyone?
We will be engaged in silence, meditation, Dharma talks, and group interaction to engage the viewpoint of true connection to life.
Principal Teacher at Luminous Ground
The Retreat Fee includes lodging, food, daily teaching and one-one interview with Paul
For registration, please fill out the application form here: Application Form