RETREATS & EVENTS 2016
Attend one of Sandy’s scheduled writing workshops or retreats, or talk to her about organizing a retreat or workshop in your part of the country. She is open to travel and flexible in her arrangements for retreats.
Cultivate your capacity for joy as you meditate and celebrate with Sandy and her partner Martha Boesing in their “Joy in Mindfulness” retreats. Alternate meditation and writing practice in a “Dharma and Writing” retreat taught by Sandy alone. Open yourself to the compassionate energy of the goddess Kwan Yin during a “Discovering Kwan Yin” retreat.
Celebrating the Feminine Divine
WHAT: A Daylong with the Bodhisattva of Compassion Kwan Yin and
WHEN: Sunday October 9, 2016
In this daylong retreat, we may discover that Kwan Yin, the Celestial Bodhisattva of compassion, exists most powerfully in our deepest nature. Come experience profound rest and peace through sitting and walking meditation, guided visualization, music, chanting and a short writing exercise.
Work Retreat at Dhamma Dena
WHAT: FREE Work Retreat with Marie Beccue & Sandy Boucher
WHEN: Monday October 10 - Friday October 14, 2016
Come join us as we bring joy and mindful attention to a variety of repair and renovation projects at this desert oasis. Organized work projects a.m. and p.m. with group meditation sessions three times daily. First week begins October 1, but Sandy will be there teaching from Oct 10 through 14, drawing you to the Dhamma and into a deeper communion with the spirit of Kwan Yin.
Healing Our Hearts, Minds and Bodies
WHAT: A Daylong with with Sandy Boucher & Shahara Godfrey
WHEN: Sunday October 30, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: East Bay Meditation Center
Whether we are healthy or challenged by illness, we may yearn to come back into balance, to access our deepest compassion for our struggling selves, to connect with the natural joy of our being. In this daylong, Shahara and Sandy, both survivors of life-threatening illness, will help us settle into relaxation and self-acceptance, and guide us in applying our meditative awareness to life’s emergencies. Through writing, music and sacred dance, held in the cradle of meditation, we will explore and share our compassionate healing capacities.
Surfing the Waves of Impermanence
A Creative Path to Life’s Changes
WHAT: A Daylong with Martha Boesing and Sandy Boucher
WHEN: Sunday November 13, 2016
Life happens. Jobs, relationships, living situations fall away; our bodies morph into unfamiliar forms. People change, and even disappear forever. Sandy and Martha, longtime Buddhist practitioners, writing and theater artists, invite you to explore with us how we can creatively surf the waves of impermanence and deepen our relationship to the Buddha’s teachings. Join us to journey together into our creative landscapes through ritual, art, song, dance and writing.
Awakening to Our Intimacy with All that Lives
WHAT: New Year’s Retreat for Women
WHEN: Wednesday December 28, 2016 - Sunday January 1, 2017
Join Martha and Sandy at their annual New Year’s retreat and celebration. Plenty of time to sink into silence, explore our experience of the last year and ponder what may come to us as the year turns. Through sitting and walking meditation, ritual dance, interactive exercises and writing, we are invited to settle peacefully into our sacred beings. The retreat takes place in the peaceful environment of a Zen monastery where we are lovingly taken care of by the female and male monks.
PAST RETREATS, 2016
WHAT: Sandy will give the dharma talk at the Sacramento Buddhist
Meditation group. She will evoke the compassionate presence of Kwan Yin, illustrating it with readings and artwork from her new book She Appears!
WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
INFO: Barbara Reese 916-397-9113
Open to Your Creative/Spiritual Self
Through Meditation and Writing
WHAT: Weekend retreat
WHEN: Saturday July 23 - Sunday July 24, 2016