Embodying Friendliness: A Weekend Retreat for POC, Insight/Out Sanghas and Allies




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New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St.,10th Fl.


Date(s) - 06/16/2018 - 06/17/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm




New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St.,10th Fl.

Event Details

Embodying Friendliness: A Weekend Retreat for POC Insight/Out Sanghas* and Allies

with Kate Johnson and Pascal Auclair

Saturday & Sunday, June 16th-17th, 2018 | 10am – 4:00pm

“Simply to fall in love, when you have historically been denied love, the right to just connect to the body which you have chosen and that has chosen you, means that an act of love is not only revolutionary, it’s not only transcendent, but it is the deific.”
— Junot Diaz, in conversation with Krista Tippett

In this weekend meditation retreat, we will practice not just loving awareness, not just of “the” body, but mindfulness of THESE bodies: our actual, specific, and very real bodies. Our bodies, as sensory organs, as vehicles of creative expression, as vessels of love, as agents of action, and as landscapes that evidence change.

We will also explore mindfulness of our collective, social bodies — our felt sense of the social fields we belong to, based on identity, shared history, or lived experience. Through loving ourselves whole, through connecting with community, we can heal not only ourselves, but also our ancestors and our descendants.

This special event is for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women and femmes, survivors, Allies and anyone looking to learn how the Buddha’s teachings might help us address the impacts of internalized oppression.

For us, practicing loving awareness is a revolutionary act. In stillness and in movement. On our own, and together. In silence and in dialogue.

Embodying friendliness is an expression of freedom.

* The POC Sangha is NYI’s meditation group for self-identified People of Color. Insight/Out Sangha is NYI’s meditation group for people from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Meeting times: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

There will be a one hour lunch break 12:30-1:30pm on each day.

Registration Fee: $140*

*Teacher support is not included in registration fee. Registration pays for maintaining the operations of New York Insight Meditation Center.

** Financial assistance is available. Click here to apply for financial assistance or email registration@nyimc.org for more information.

Teacher Support/Dana
The suggested donation is $50 for each day. Whatever you offer is greatly appreciated to supporting the teachers in continued study and practice.

Join us Friday, June 15 for an evening talk with Kate Johnson and Pascal Auclair!

Financial Assistance
The NYI Scholarship Fund allows NYI to offer financial assistance to those who may not be able to afford registration costs. New York Insight is committed to ensuring that our Dharma offerings are available to all, regardless of ability to pay. Please apply for a scholarship here.



Kate Johnson

Kate JohnsonKate Johnson has taught embodied practices as social change methodologies for over a decade. A lifelong dancer and a longtime meditator, Kate is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training and is a current trainee in the center’s four year retreat teacher training. She has worked with people of all ages and abilities using Social Presencing Theater in public schools, community health centers, performance collectives and social justice organizations. Currently, Kate teaches at New York Insight, The Rubin Museum, the School for Visual Arts, Spirit Rock and at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She is also on staff at Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she designs online educational programs integrating Buddhadharma and Social Justice. www.katejohnson.com

Pascal Auclair

Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he now teaches retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co-founder of True North Insight in Canada. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humour make Pascal a much appreciated teacher. pascalauclair.org