In this long weekend retreat at Tassajara, Robert Do-An Thomas and Samantha Ostergaard lead participants in taking up the Bodhisattva’s practice of turning each moment of our lives into a moment of acceptance, compassion, and awakened activity that benefits ourselves and others. Through yoga, meditation, and discussions about Zen, we will restore and realign with our deepest intentions as human beings. You’ll leave renewed and ready to extend the Bodhisattva’s “work” of living life for the benefit of all beings.
Laura Deutsch is a nationally published author and teacher, who leads writing retreats from Tassajara to Tuscany. Laura has taught writing for more than 15 years and has participated in numerous workshops at Tassajara and Green Gulch. For more on writing as meditative practice, developing one’s own voice, and Laura’s upcoming retreat at Tassajara, please enjoy the interview below.
What will the retreat be like?
We’ll share techniques that will help us tap into our stories, memories, and imagination, whether we’re writing with a view toward self-exploration and healing, or creating art for a wider audience.
Allan Rohlfs is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, a mediator, and a certified trainer of Nonviolent Compassionate Communication. His thoughts on the technique and how it can alleviate difficulty in our communications with one another are below.
How did you get involved with Nonviolent Compassionate Communication (NVC)?
Early on in my training as a psychotherapist, I attended a lecture by Professor Eugene Gendlin, who was teaching a new method in expansion of human awareness. Focusing [his method] is very akin to Zen meditation and I thought, “Here is an interesting social change tool.”† So I began learning it so that I could teach it.