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May 22, 2020—May 25, 2020

Waking Up Fabulous: Madeline Klyne, La Sarmiento, Lama Rod Owens, Jacoby Ballard (LGBTIQ)

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

Waking Up Fabulous:
Taking Refuge in Every Moment, Every Day, for the Benefit of All

This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate wisdom, kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity and skillful actions. 

As LGBTIQ people, in these challenging and difficult times, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone; that together we can begin the healing of centuries of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of the interconnectedness and interdependence. We learn to trust the unfolding of our lives and to act for the benefit of all beings. 

This retreat will be held in Noble silence. In silence, we are illuminating the heart and mind. It is a real-time practice of stillness and clarity. Participants are asked and expected to refrain from using any electronic devices. This allows for a rare opportunity to unplug and get to know our own reality show with compassion and wisdom. Within this commitment, we are the guardians to each other’s solitude while in this precious community. The more we know and understand our inner landscape, the more we are able to engage with others and the world with both skill and grace.

Guided meditation instructions, Q&A, heart practices, gentle yoga, group meetings with a teacher, and dharma talks will be offered on this retreat.

On this rare LGBTIQ retreat, we come together to practice turning towards and caring for ourselves, each other and all that truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Hope you can join us!


Madeline Klyne has loved the dharma since 1986. She is a co-founder and teacher of South Shore Insight Meditation Center (SSIMC), a core teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC), and a visiting teacher at Insight Meditation Society. Madeline teaches programs and retreats for LGBTIQ communities. Part of Madeline’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of 5. Madeline delights in exploring practice in daily life with all who are interested. www.southshoreinsight.org  or SSIMC.ORG

La Sarmiento is a non-binary, Filipino-American, body/energyworker and song-spoofing dharma teacher. They have are a retreat teacher/manager and guiding teacher of the LGBTIQ and People of Color Sanghas with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, teach retreats for LGBTIQ at the Garrison Institute, young adults at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. They live in Towson, MD with their life partner Wendy and their Cairn Terrier rescue Annabel.

Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban Viewhosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Karen Hunter. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation and his next book project “Love & Rage” exploring transformative anger and rage is due out June 2019. Lama Rod can be reached at www.lamarod.com.

Jacoby Ballard has been teaching yoga for 20 years and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his partner and child. His work sits at the intersection of spiritual practice and social change and has led him to consult with Insight Meditation Society, the Yoga Alliance, Lululemon, and speaking on college campuses. His current foray into study and taking the role of student is through his enrollment with the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock. His teaching style is playful and profound, integrating the teachings of the dharma into how we move and breath on our mats and with each other. More at www.jacobyballard.net. 

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