Past Retreats and Events

Introduction to Meditation Self-paced Course

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online

This self paced course will introduce you to the Integral Zen meditation teaching framework. We will cover concentration practice, mindfulness practice, emptiness practice, a special form of meditation developed at Integral Zen, and finally a bonus meditation to develop discipline and self awareness.

Shadow for Beginners Self-paced Course

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online

This course is a very short, beginner level course on the shadow. It consists of 11 short videos of 5 minutes or less.

Shadow and Integral Theory Fundamentals Self-paced Course

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online

This course is shorter and less intense than our "Whole Spectrum of Shadows" course. It focuses on the basics of shadows in the context of integral theory.

The Whole Spectrum of Shadows Self-paced Course Level 1

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online

This is a self-paced version of our live "Whole Spectrum of Shadows - Level 1" course, an intermediate level course. Topics covered include Integral Theory: levels, states, quadrants, lines, and types...and how they interact with shadows and trauma.

Integral Zen Meditation for Beginners January 2021

Led by Michael Elser (Kodo)
Online
Jan 8, 2021 2:00 pm EST - Jan 15, 2021 3:30 pm EST

This is a small group introduction to Integral Zen meditation. It is limited in size in order to give individualized instruction as needed. It is designed to help practitioners form a solid foundation on which to build a disciplined Zen meditation practice.

Integral Zen Meditation for Beginners

Led by Michael Elser (Kodo)
Online
Nov 6, 2020 2:00 pm EST - Nov 13, 2020 3:00 pm EST

This is a small group introduction to Integral Zen meditation for beginners.

The Whole Spectrum of Shadows - Level 2

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online
Oct 17, 2020 2:00 pm EDT - Nov 21, 2020 4:00 pm EST

We will explore ways of using language to point and lead into a profound but fleeting experience of Nothingness that includes Awareness of awareness.

Meet Doshin (2nd session)

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online
Sep 10, 2020 2:00 pm EDT - Sep 10, 2020 4:00 pm EDT

This event is an opportunity to meet Doshin in a small group setting.


Meet Doshin

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online
Sep 3, 2020 2:00 pm EDT - Sep 3, 2020 4:00 pm EDT

This event is an opportunity to meet Doshin in a small group setting.


The Whole Spectrum of Shadows - Level 1

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online
Aug 22, 2020 2:00 pm EDT - Sep 26, 2020 4:00 pm EDT

In this series of webinars, we lay out this whole spectrum of shadows as a wholistic context. Anything less seems to lead to misunderstanding and confusion. We begin with the karma that we inherit when we’re born as a human being. Then, we can move on to something that's a little closer to home, our family karma. When I'm working with a group, I always ask how many of you come from a family that has some seriously messed up family karma? Almost everyone raises their hand. After karma we move into preverbal, developmental and shock trauma, as well as the early childhood issues that are illuminated by attachment theory and parental bonding patterns. Then we begin to explore the subpersonalities that are split off and disowned in light of the capacities that are trying to emerge and stabilize at each specific level of ego development.

Integral Zen 7 Day Retreat

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Glastonbury, UK
Aug 21, 2020 1:00 pm EDT - Aug 28, 2020 9:00 am EDT

Join us for this Integral Zen Retreat in the UK. Expertly led and guided by Doshi Roshi, a Zen Master and lineage holder in the Hollow Bones Zen order, this retreat will be like no other.

The week will include detailed meditation instruction and guidance, Qi Gong, walking meditation, one on one support and dharma teachings.


Integral Zen Online Meditation Workshop

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online
Aug 17, 2020 1:00 pm EDT - Aug 19, 2020 4:00 pm EDT

The in-person retreat has been cancelled, and in its place we are offering a three day online meditation workshop.
Join us for a 3-Day, 3-hours per day Virtual Meditation Workshop. The first day we will use language to explore nothingness, which creates a space and opportunity to directly experience Meditative Mind. Then the next two days we will describe and experience several different types of meditation practices. The basic structure of the workshop includes a description of the practice, practicing the practice, and then providing space to share insights and ask questions.

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

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Mar 5, 2020 4:00 pm EST - Mar 8, 2020 3:00 pm EDT

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.

Shadow Webinar Level 3 - State Shadows [EU]

Led by TBA
Online webinar [Thursday Evenings, Central European Time Zone]
Feb 13, 2020 2:00 pm EST - Mar 26, 2020 5:00 pm EDT

Using the wisdom of Buddhism, Depth Psychology and Integral Theory, we further our exploration of the territory of states by examining state shadows, what 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

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online webinar [Tuesday Evenings, Mountain Time Zone]
Feb 11, 2020 8:30 pm EST - Mar 31, 2020 10:30 pm EDT

In order to begin to see even the possibility of State Shadows, we will need to do some preparatory work.

We will begin with a simple Zen perspective of three states of consciousness: Gross, Subtle and Causal, which includes an allusion to a mysterious “other shore.” From this perspective physical, things are objects of the gross realm. The absence of things, a direct experience of nothing or timeless nothingness is the causal realm. And, everything arising in experience between the gross physical realm and the timeless causal realm is arising in the subtle realm. We will then ground this perspective with some “wu” technologies or “nothingness” technologies. Here, we use language and transmission to lead to a taste of a direct experience of timeless emptiness. We then must add shared language to clearly articulate our experiences in words and sentences. By including both shared experiences and shared articulation of the experiences, we build a solid foundation of both common experience and language.


Shadow Webinar Level 2 - Collective Shadows [EU]

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online webinar [Thursday Evenings, Central European Time Zone]
Nov 14, 2019 2:00 pm EST - Jan 2, 2020 4:00 pm EST

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

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Online webinar [Tuesday Evenings, Mountain Time Zone]
Nov 12, 2019 8:30 pm EST - Dec 30, 2019 10:30 pm EST

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.

7-Day Integral Zen Shadow Integration Retreat

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
Oct 26, 2019 6:00 am EDT - Nov 2, 2019 6:00 am EDT

This retreat is a unique opportunity to explore our individual and collective shadows from witnessing mind. The only prerequisites are an open heart and an open mind.

Integral Zen Retreat

Led by Michael Nelson (Doshin)
Venwoude, Netherlands
Oct 14, 2019 8:00 am EDT - Oct 20, 2019 3:30 pm EDT

7 day Integral Zen retreat