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March 15, 2019—March 17, 2019

Leslie Booker: Resilience in the Resistance

Contemplative practices offer the opportunity to learn greater resilience in the face of turmoil and to develop skills to resist against all forms of oppression and violence, including internalized beliefs that disrupt one’s ability to thrive. Both a “turning inwards” and a “turning towards,” these practices help us see and care for ourselves as we journey through difficulty, healing, learning, and growth. Introspection shines a light on how our actions fit within the context of the world around us. This deeper listening can support us in creating that pause before reaction, so as to respond from a place of clarity and calm.

During this retreat, participants will be given tools to develop and sustain practices in support of recovery and renewal; including rest and time in nature. Contemplative practices and community conversations offer space to redefine what support looks like, to explore what to do with anger in the face of institutional harm, and to gain deeper understanding of the personal boundaries needed to engage without burning out

Please click here to register for this retreat with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society before booking your accommodations with the Garrison Institute.

Teacher:

Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began sharing mindfulness and yoga with system-involved populations in 2005, served as senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project from 2006-2016, and co-facilitated an intervention research project on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011 through NYU.

Booker shares her expertise nationally around the need to create culturally responsive environments, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, Mindfulness in America, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street.

Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, Off the Mat Into the World, Bending Towards Justice and the Yoga and Dharma Training at Spirit Rock. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020.

Please click here to register for this retreat with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society before booking your accommodations with the Garrison Institute.

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
170.00
230.00
260.00
310.00
These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.