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Developing Emotional Maturity Retreat
August 7 @ 4:00 pm - August 13 @ 12:00 pm MDT
Summer Practice in Torrey
August 7 – 13, 2023
This week of retreat is an exploration of community and interpersonal practice with Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi. The daily schedule includes zazen and other elements of sesshin, such as dokusan and work practice, and will feature an extended period of practice in skills of emotional maturity, including working with the spectrum of emotion and learning to transmute emotion. There will be outings to Capitol Reef National Park and other locations for practice in nature.
Developing Emotional Maturity is the gateway to the heart. To become a whole-hearted human being, someone who is able to include the pain and difficulty of our lives, we must develop the emotional line. We call this kind of development emotional maturity or emotional literacy. This will help you to cultivate a willingness to feel, to become awake to your emotional states, and at the same time, develop a complete willingness to let feeling subside or go without holding on when it no longer serves.
Everyone can learn how to work with powerful feelings and emotional states. When we do, they enrich our lives and our relationships.
Over the course of 7 days, we will:
- Go beyond the tendency to suppress or deny feelings
- Identify the wisdom in any emotion
- Become comfortable entering challenging emotional terrain
- Develop emotional fluency with six primary emotions: Fear, Anger, Grief, Confusion, Longing, Jealousy
- Use the 5-step practice for metabolizing an emotion
- Unpack complex emotions and work with contradictory feelings
- Increase your emotional range of motion.
- Overcome the tendency to cling to emotional experiences
- Develop the courage to communicate feelings in beneficial ways.
Partners in the same household enter coupon SUM23-HH for a 10% household allowance.
The allowance is applied at checkout.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: The retreat opens at 4:00 pm on Monday, August 7. Your registration is a commitment to stay through noon on Sunday, August 13. No early departures.
MEALS: Your registration includes all meals, snacks, and beverages from dinner on your arrival day to breakfast on the closing day. Meals are vegetarian based, with meat as an option at some meals. We serve a variety of foods and have gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives for common items. We are not able to prepare special diets or provide refrigeration space for retreatants.
LODGING: We recommend making lodging arrangements very early as the Summer season is going to be very busy. Check lodging sites like Trip Advisor, Expedia, AirBnB, VRBO, and similar for availability. Camping on the Zendo property is reserved for staff. Sand Creek RV & Camp is the closest campground to the Zendo, a 5-minute walk.
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN: We can accommodate a limited number of families with children during Weeks 1 & 2. Sangha members who have attended retreats in the past are given priority. Please CONTACT US with the specifics of your request. (What dates, how many adults, # of children/ages.) We require that children are accompanied by two adults who can trade off child-care duties. Children’s meals are provided for the duration of your retreat for a fee.
SCHOLARSHIPS & WORK-TRADE: Two Arrows Zen offers scholarship support as part of our commitment to diversity and equity. Scholarships, funded by generous members and donors, provide opportunities to enter Zen practice for young people under 35, BIPOC, and those in life transitions. Work-trade opportunities are also available for members in case of financial need or to help offset international travel costs. To inquire, CONTACT US.