A retreat for self-identified Black Womxn of the African Diaspora
Each and every one of us are powerful beyond measure. As Black Womxn, there are many ways this truth becomes lost to our awareness. Social and cultural contempt of the feminine and violence towards the black body intersect to colonize our lives and thoughts, constraining access to our internal resources and collective freedom. Through silent and guided meditation, inner reflection, wisdom sharing, and embodiment practices, we will investigate with loving awareness, the ways in which we play into our own oppression.
Collectively we will examine and practice the wisdom of the Dharma to harness the power and strength of our intuitive healing wisdom. Through these practices, we will cultivate greater clarity of vision, emotional resilience, and skillful response as we face the uncertain worldly winds of life. In particular, we will attune to the Buddha’s prescription for purifying the heart through the practices of loving kindness and compassion as we deepening our understanding of the importance of reclaiming joy on our journey towards liberation.
Retreat Dates: 4 nights, 5 days
Arrive 4:00pm Thursday February 13th
Depart 11am Monday February 17th
Accommodations: Located just a 2.5 hour drive from Los Angeles, Big Bear Retreat Center is nestled in the ancient Juniper woodlands of the San Bernardino Mountains near the town of Big Bear, California. The tranquil property is immediately adjacent to the National Forest and offers access to roughly 1,300 acres of conserved lands.
The property consists of eleven separate buildings for dining, meditating, and sleeping. The single-story residence buildings include both single and double rooms. There is a mirror and a small clothes-hanging area in each room. Two bathrooms are located in each building.
Yogi Jobs: Participation in this retreat will involve a light working meditation to support the community experience. When you arrive you will be assigned a daily task to complete with mindful attention. Please let us know if you have any physical challenges that might impact your ability to perform certain tasks. Please also bring long pants, closed toe shoes, and a shirt that you can change into in the event you are assigned a yogi job in the kitchen.
Meals: All meals will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free alternatives when applicable.
Donations or Dana: Please note that the price of the retreat covers accommodation, food, facilities, and other InsightLA expenses. To allow the teachers to continue their dharma work, support from the students is needed. There will be an opportunity to contribute at the end of the retreat to support the teachers.
Accessibility: The retreat center is located at an elevation of 7,000 ft. If you have questions about access at this retreat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Retreatant Opportunity: A work retreatant can attend the retreat for free in exchange for up to 5 hours of work a day and the rest of the time they can attend all activities of the retreat. If you are interested please email email@example.com.
Financial Support: There is special funding allocated to all People of Color (POC), Queer people and folks with disabilities as well as for those for whom the cost to attend is not financially possible. Funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. You’ll see the financial support options after clicking the register now button. Once you indicate the category of financial support, a sliding scale option will appear.