Retreats and Events

Past events

Shadow Webinar Level 2 - Collective Shadows

Led by Doshin
Online webinar [Tuesday Evenings, Mountain Time Zone]
Nov 12, 2019 6:30 pm - Dec 30, 2019 8:30 pm

What color are the collective shadows of the groups you Interact with?

“Birds of a feather flock together.” Individuals usually flock together in groups that share the same feathers—similar beliefs, values and blind spots. These collective belief systems and blind spots can be studied and categorized using the same stages of development. This enables us to develop powerful new ways of looking at and understanding group inter-dynamics that explain many of the culture-wars that can’t be understood with current, less complete ways of thinking.

Shadow Webinar Level 2 - Collective Shadows [EU]

Led by Doshin
Online webinar [Thursday Evenings, Central European Time Zone]
Nov 14, 2019 8:00 pm - Jan 2, 2020 10:00 pm

What color are the collective shadows of the groups you Interact with?

“Birds of a feather flock together.” Individuals usually flock together in groups that share the same feathers—similar beliefs, values and blind spots. These collective belief systems and blind spots can be studied and categorized using the same stages of development. This enables us to develop powerful new ways of looking at and understanding group inter-dynamics that explain many of the culture-wars that can’t be understood with current, less complete ways of thinking.

Shadow Webinar Level 3 - State Shadows

Led by Doshin
Online webinar [Tuesday Evenings, Mountain Time Zone]
Feb 11, 2020 11:30 pm - Mar 25, 2020 12:30 pm

In order to begin to see even the possibility of State Shadows, we will need to do some work. We will begin with a simple model of three states of consciousness and then expand our model to four and five states. In the three-state model there are: The Gross, Subtle and Causal States. The objects of experience of the Gross state are the objects of our five senses—things we can see, hear, taste, smell and touch. The Causal state has no objects to be experienced; it is the state before objects arise, the absolute void, an emptiness of all objects.

The Subtle state is the field of all objects that can be experienced, other than Gross physical objects of the five senses and the lack of any objects in Causal state. Using the wisdom of Buddhism, we complete the exploration of the territory Wilber describes in The Religions of Tomorrow, where he says: “Shadows are addictions and allergies in States and Stages, and what drives them.”

Shadow Webinar Level 3 - State Shadows [EU]

Led by Doshin
Online webinar [Thursday Evenings, Central European Time Zone]
Feb 13, 2020 8:00 pm - Mar 26, 2020 10:00 pm

In order to begin to see even the possibility of State Shadows, we will need to do some work. We will begin with a simple model of three states of consciousness and then expand our model to four and five states. In the three-state model there are: The Gross, Subtle and Causal States. The objects of experience of the Gross state are the objects of our five senses—things we can see, hear, taste, smell and touch. The Causal state has no objects to be experienced; it is the state before objects arise, the absolute void, an emptiness of all objects.

The Subtle state is the field of all objects that can be experienced, other than Gross physical objects of the five senses and the lack of any objects in Causal state. Using the wisdom of Buddhism, we complete the exploration of the territory Wilber describes in The Religions of Tomorrow, where he says: “Shadows are addictions and allergies in States and Stages, and what drives them.”

Enlightening Your Shadows - A Path to Waking Up [4 Day Retreat]

Led by Doshin
Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Mar 5, 2020 4:00 pm - Mar 8, 2020 3:00 pm

Shadows are those things that we hide, repress or deny about ourselves. Emotions are the gateway to mining the gold that hides in the shadows!

At the Enlighten Your Shadows Retreat you will receive powerful meditation instructions that will help you to realize your own True Nature. From the stability of pure selfless awareness you will recognize the real nature and purpose of your emotions, and then find that Your ANGST really is your Liberation! You will learn to illuminate your ego structures and explore your individual shadows. Most importantly, you will learn tools that will help you find more peace, joy and creativity in your life.

Sangha & Dharma Community - Invitation Only

Led by Doshin
Newmarket, New Hampshire
Mar 29, 2020 5:00 pm - Apr 5, 2020 12:30 pm

This “Invitation Only” Retreat is designed for advanced practitioners of Integral Zen and is not generally appropriate for those who have not already done significant work within the Integral Zen tradition that includes a disciplined meditation practice and personal work that includes addictions and allergies within states and stages and familiarity with what drives them.

Integrating Your Shadows - a Path of Liberation [8 Day Retreat]

Led by Doshin
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, California
Apr 19, 2020 8:00 pm - Apr 26, 2020 9:00 pm

Shadows are those things that we hide, repress or deny about ourselves. They are a primary cause of our negative, emotional reactivity and they prevent us from fully and completely expressing our true nature. In order to live fully free and loving lives, we must shine the light of Pure Awareness into the darkness to illuminate these shadows and then integrate them into our very being. These Shadows can become allies! We can transmute them into Right Action, Pure Discernment and Selfless Equanimity.

“Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.” ~ Nietzsche

Zen. The Posture Embodied

Led by Doshin
Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Colorado
Jul 6, 2020 5:00 pm - Jul 12, 2020 12:30 pm

“If somebody should ask you what true Zen is…demonstrate the aspects of zazen posture. Then, spring breezes will gently coax the marvelous flowers of the plum tree to blossom” (Daichi Sokei 1290-1366) In this mostly silent retreat, we will cultivate spinal awareness through meditational yoga, breathwork, and experientially discovering the correct posture for zazen meditation. This not only serves the awakening process- it assists in untying the knots of frozen energies in the body and liberates our shadows and traumas with great efficiency. The sensory awareness of our spines also assists in navigating our ego contractions from a developmental perspective.

Integrating Your Shadows - a Path of Liberation [8 Day Retreat]

Led by Doshin
Creighton Universtiy, Iowa
Aug 16, 2020 5:00 pm - Aug 23, 2020 1:00 pm

Shadows are those things that we hide, repress or deny about ourselves. They are a primary cause of our negative, emotional reactivity and they prevent us from fully and completely expressing our true nature. In order to live fully free and loving lives, we must shine the light of Pure Awareness into the darkness to illuminate these shadows and then integrate them into our very being. These Shadows can become allies! We can transmute them into Right Action, Pure Discernment and Selfless Equanimity.

“Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.” ~ Nietzsche

Enlightening Your Shadows - A Path to Waking Up [4 Day Retreat]

Led by Doshin
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, CA
Sep 24, 2020 5:00 pm - Sep 27, 2020 1:15 pm

Shadows are those things that we hide, repress or deny about ourselves. Emotions are the gateway to mining the gold that hides in the shadows!

At the Enlighten Your Shadows Retreat you will receive powerful meditation instructions that will help you to realize your own True Nature. From the stability of pure selfless awareness you will recognize the real nature and purpose of your emotions, and then find that Your ANGST really is your Liberation! You will learn to illuminate your ego structures and explore your individual shadows. Most importantly, you will learn tools that will help you find more peace, joy and creativity in your life.