Silence Emboldens-A Weekend Meditation Retreat to Reconnect and Rejuvenate Your Practice
Open to All
with JD Doyle and Jonathan Relucio
Saturday, August 25th and Sunday 26th
10:00AM - 5:00PM
East Bay Meditation Center
285 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
This two-day retreat is dedicated to deepening your meditation practice through cultivation of mindfulness and loving awareness. Reconnect and rejuvenate with two days of noble silence retreat (held in) to support the practice of going inward and focusing the mind/heart on the present moment. We will devote time to mindful movement to support the release of accumulated stress and tension in order to identify and release body-held stressors through practices of trauma-informed and access-centered body kindness.
Join a nurturing community to boost your mindfulness practice and cultivate loving awareness for yourself and for all beings. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners.
EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER. You are invited to offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class. The East Bay Meditation Center operates using a generosity-based, gift economics model. This means we charge no set registration fees to attend our events and instead rely on the generous giving of our community. All classes at the Center do come with a financial cost. Class participants are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary gift to EBMC during the registration process or at an event itself. Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including natural fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.
About the Teachers:
JD Doyle has been an active part of the East Bay Meditation Center since it opened, co-founding the LGBTQSGLI (Alphabet Sangha) and volunteering in many roles, including as Board Member and Core Teacher. In 1997, they started practicing Buddhism and have attended retreats in the U.S., Thailand, and Burma, as well as completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader Program, Dedicated Practitioner Program, and currently is in the Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program. They are committed to celebrating the diversity of our human sangha, addressing the impact of racism on our communities, expanding concepts of gender, and living in ways that honor the sacredness of the Earth.
Jonathan Relucio has spent nearly a decade teaching yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in schools, health clinics, juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, and community-based organizations through his work as a Senior Trainer for Niroga Institute and as a co-founder of All Thrive Retreats. He has completed Spirit Rock’s MYMT program that integrates yoga, the dharma, and vipassana meditation. Jonathan values yoga as a healing practice of liberation to strengthen communities and social justice movements. In addition to stress resilience and trauma healing, Jonathan believes yoga empowers our communities to unlearn the effects and dismantle the tools of systems of oppression.