Mindfulness on the Mountain Onsite Weekend Retreat
(All Event Times Listed are Central Standard Time)
Sewanee, TN 37375
Silent retreat offers a time to rest in the space of the heart. Sitting meditation alternating with walking meditation form the basic structure of this retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition. These practices calm the body and mind and open the heart to the truth of the present moment, just as it is. Guidance in these practices along with evening teaching talks will be offered as we deepen our practice in the shared silence. Participants will be holding silence with opportunities for questions and reflections. This retreat is open to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.
Bring loose, comfortable clothing for walking, sitting and QiGong.
Gordon Peerman is an Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and mindfulness meditation teacher. He is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering, and his most recent book, The Body Knows the Way: Coming Home through the Dark Night. He teaches at One River Wisdom School Nashville, an interspiritual gathering, and leads retreats and workshops on the intersection of contemplative practice and psychological growth. With his late wife Kathy Woods, he taught mindfulness practices at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Health, and to Vanderbilt law and medical students. At Vanderbilt Divinity School, he taught courses in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and pastoral psychotherapy. He currently leads mindfulness retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee, and One River Wisdom School retreats with Rabbi Rami Shapiro.
Ryan Black learned Tai Chi from Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming of YMAA, after years studying Taekwondo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and Kendo. Ryan is a strong believer in the health benefits of Tai Chi for people of any age, but he recognizes that as we get older, it becomes an especially powerful practice. He is also interested in mindfulness and is currently a co-teacher at the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and a regular facilitator for Mindful Mondays. He incorporates mindfulness in his teaching of tai chi as well.