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August 1, 2020

Virtual Retreat: “Tending to the Emotional Body” with Leslie Booker

Whatever name we attach to it: anger, fear, grief, sadness…we need to move this stuck energy through our bodies so it doesn’t set up residence and start colonizing our hearts and minds. It’s imperative for us to scream, shout, cry, create art, lift our voices, and most importantly to rest, so we can feel our hearts again.  In this daylong retreat, we’ll take time to get to the root of our emotional bodies through meditation and embodied wisdom practices; regulating our nervous systems and leading towards a more loving connection to ourselves.   

Booker recently led a live Virtual Sanctuary webinar by the same title. Click here to review the webinar recording and learn more about this Virtual Retreat. 

This Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom from 11:00am – 5:00 pm EDT on Saturday, August 1st. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 4:00pm EDT on July 31.


Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice; an integration of ancient wisdom practices that support us in navigating our modern world.  She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, 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 Omega Institute’s Mindfulness in Education conferences, along with other pioneers in the mindfulness field such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Linda Lantieri, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Booker has been a featured speaker and facilitator at the Fetzer Institute, Vassar and Pitzer Colleges, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.  She’s passionate about training future teachers through the Peace Corps’ Jaffe Fellows and Teaching Residents at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. 

Booker began sharing practice with vulnerable populations in 2005, and was a senior teacher and Director of Teacher Trainings with Lineage Project, where she worked with incarcerated and vulnerable youth for ten years.  During this time, she also facilitated a mindfulness and cognitive-based therapy intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011, a partnership between New York University and the National Institute of Health.

Throughout her career, Booker has contributed to the advancement of her field both in theory and practice. 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: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and contributed to Sharon Salzberg’s book ‘Happiness at Work’. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012) and Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.

Booker continues to be inspired to hold folks in their journey to find a sense of freedom and liberation within a world that is burdened by greed, hatred, and delusion.


Registration Options

1 - Standard Registration
2 - Subsidized Registration