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October 24, 2019—October 27, 2019

Contemplative Care Retreat: Turning Poison into Medicine

The 11th annual Contemplative Care Retreat explores how we can wholeheartedly turn greed, resentment and delusion into generosity, compassion and wisdom in relationship. Bodhisattvas are awakened beings who live by vow, root it deeply and widen out. What might living by vow mean for each of us in our lives and in our caregiving partnerships? How might it apply to both giving and receiving?

Through meditation, dharma talks, personal meetings with Teachers, and experiential learning exercises, we will consider ways of caring for each other while cultivating our unique expressions of compassion, courage, and joy. This retreat is open to anyone who wishes to dive deeply into relationship and use the ingredients to transform how we function in the world.

With NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Leslie Booker.

20 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for Social Workers are available for this retreat.

Teacher Bios:

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC). NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling program at NYZCCC’s education partner, New York Theological Seminary. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Arizona Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship, and he is a Visiting Professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, of the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston Medical School. Paley Ellison is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader and teacher. Koshin is the co-editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care (Wisdom Publications, 2016). He is a Soto Zen teacher, ACPE Certified Educator, and Jungian psychotherapist.

Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell
Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC). NYZCCC delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service and meditation practice. Chodo co-developed the Foundations in Contemplative Care Training Program and is core faculty for the Buddhist Track in the Master in Pastoral Care and Counseling at New York Theological Seminary. Chodo is a dynamic, earthy, and visionary leader and teacher. He has travelled extensively, teaching in various institutions, as well as bearing witness to the suffering of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa. His public programs have introduced thousands to the practice of mindful and compassionate care for the living and dying. 30,000 people listen to his podcasts each year. His passion lies in bereavement counseling and advocating for change in the way our healthcare institutions work with the dying. He is a Senior Soto Zen priest and Soto Zen Teacher.

Sensei Dorothy Dai En Friedman’s spiritual journey began in the 60s when she was forced to seek help for a back injury. This event proved to be a wonderful preparation for her eventual immersion 20 years later in Buddhist Vipassana practice at Insight Meditation Center. After she established her Vipassana practice, she then began her journey into Zen practice. Her teachers include Peter Mathiessen, Joseph Goldstein, Matt Flickstein, and Maureen Stuart Roshi. Dai-en is now a Sensei at Ocean Zendo, located on Eastern Long Island. She is honored to be invited to teach with Koshin and Chodo in the wonderful work at NYZCCC, for the benefit of all beings, as we live and die.

Leslie Booker brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness. She has shared these practices with vulnerable populations in New York City since 2006, working in juvenile detention centers, residential treatment centers, and on Rikers Island. She travels nationally utilizing the foundation of Dharma and embodied wisdom practices to support the sustainability of front line Changemakers.

Booker is on faculty with the Prison Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World, and teaches at Insight Meditation centers across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street and Urban Sangha Project in NYC. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law report Gender and Trauma, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of both Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation and Community Dharma Leaders trainings, and is currently in their 4 year Dharma Retreat Teacher training.

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A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.