The Zen of Rest: A Nurturing Silence Retreat

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“If you’re silent, you can hear the forest breathe, the holy hush of the tree’s limb.” Felicia Morrell

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Creating Connection’s Nurturing Spirit Retreats provide an opportunity for meditation, gentle yoga, deep relaxation, spiritual conversations, and learning. We are inclusive and value each person and living being on the planet. Through mindful, meaningful and spiritual conversations, we hope to create a better world for all of us, one small step at a time.

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Take time out to relax, slow down and savor life exactly as it is. Rest your body, quiet your mind, and listen to those sparks of inspiration that arise when you take time to nurture a quiet listening presence. In this Zen style retreat, you’ll have time to let silence seep into the depths of your being, learning core practices to help sustain awareness while sitting, moving, walking, eating, working, resting, or whatever you’re doing. Guided in practices that cultivate inner silence, while in your own space for a full weekend, you’ll emerge feeling revitalized with new insights and practices to take into your everyday life.

COST: $20 (financial assistance is available)

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WHEN: Friday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 24th, 2021



*all times are Pacific Time

Friday, October 22nd

5:00 Community Dinner - Join when you can!

Think back to the last time you attended an in-person event... maybe quite awhile ago! Remember what the first few moments were like? Maybe you didn’t know anyone, and it felt a bit awkward to say hello, maybe you knew lots of people and you were excited to hug and chat! Hopefully, you made a few new friends and made it past that first session feeling excited for the rest of the event. That’s the experience we are going to host for you on Friday! And we will need your help! If you already had dinner, maybe bring your dessert, or perhaps you just ended your last video call for work at 5pm and will join us from your kitchen as you cook!

6:15 Welcome and Intro to 'The Zen of Rest" Practices - Vickie

7:30 Bedtime Story: The Other Way to Listen

Find a comfy place to sit or lie down and revisit a time when bedtime stories were read to you.

Saturday, October 23rd

7:45 Zoom opens, log in now

8:00 A Gentle Zen Yoga Practice

9:45 Sitting and Walking Meditation

11:30 Guidance for Practicing On Our Own

12:00 Mindful Meal Prep and Eating Meditation

Open time for Zen practices: Nature Walk, Journaling, Contemplative Reading, Listening to Online dharma talk, or Resting

3:50 Rejoin ZOOM

4:00 Breathe, Stretch, Sit Meditation (optional)

5:00 Mindful Meal Prep and Eating Meditation

6:00 Listening Circles – Debra

Our Listening Circles will give you a chance to hear and share wisdom from our personal experiences in silence and bask in the support of community.

7:00 Yoga Nidra - Vickie

Break the cycle of tension and fatigue, regain health and vitality, and reconnect to your soul’s calling, through the practice of Yoga Nidra. Begin with a few gentle stretches and breathing techniques to help release tension, then experience a full 40-minute Yoga Nidra practice, a sleep-based, conscious relaxation and meditation practice done in a lying down position. You will leave your busy outer life behind, and enter your inner world, and a relaxed, subconscious state of mind, where healing truly begins.

Bedtime Poetry

Drift away to other times and places listening to poetry as you relax into your evening or sleep time.

Sunday, October 24th

10:00 Morning Meditation

10:30 Satsang and Closing Circle - Vickie and Doug MacArthur

Satsang is a Sanskrit word that describes a way of coming together in community to experience the pure truth and love that is beyond religion or culture. Even online, the simple act of joining to sing can touch places within us that spoken words cannot. Singing together dissolves boundaries and opens our hearts to the silent truth that is beyond words.

Doug and Vickie will share simple songs and chants from various spiritual traditions you can sing in your own space, from the silence of “Om” to a joyful “Alleluia”. Clap your hands with lively rhythms and the beat of a drum, and let soulful melodies guide you into the silence that connects our hearts as one united voice. Together we will create a vibration of peace to fill the world.

11:30 Farewell

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Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing in authentic conversation, promoting meaningful activities and fostering holistic wellness practices. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

We uphold that by creatively embodying guiding principles that transcend fixed rules & conventions - and how they apply in our lives - we are better able to graciously and intentionally participate with one another in community.

As a REGISTERED NON-PROFIT charity working to bring community together through like-minded interests, we welcome and gratefully appreciate any financial support. Tax receipts are provided.


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Creating Connection is a network of welcoming and inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation, nurturing meaningful activities, promoting holistic wellness practices, and fostering compassionate action.

People of every walk of life, culture, faith and tradition, participate together in multi-faceted ways, expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices, and blessing of all, realizing that dialogue is enriched by individuals with different backgrounds and experiences - and even contrary viewpoints.

By creatively embodying guiding principles that transcend fixed rules and conventions - and how they apply in our lives - people are better able to graciously and intentionally engage with one another in discovering purpose and belonging, thus establishing profound relationships of trust. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

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**Creating Connection is a grass-roots initiative sponsored by Community of Christ, a welcoming, supportive and loving, worldwide faith community that values the worth and purpose of all persons.

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