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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Cultivating a Beloved Community: An 8–Week Course on Building Authentic Sangha
Bill Woodson, Elaine Retholtz, Gary Singer, Sebene Selassie
Thursdays, 6:30–9pm: October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19 // Saturday, November 2: 10am–5:30pm

October 24, 2013
06:30 pm - 09:00 pm

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Bill Woodson

Bill Woodson Bill Woodson has a doctorate in psychology and has worked, domestically and internationally, as an organization development consultant specializing in assisting corporations and organizations develop highly productive work teams that value diversity and inclusivity. In that capacity, he has developed and facilitated a number of diversity and inclusion training programs exploring several salient dimensions of diversity. Currently, his professional life consists of his mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in New York City. He has had a spiritual practice since 1971 and has practiced Vipassana meditation since 2005.  In recent years he has been on the board at NYI and Insight Meditation Society.  He is currently co-chairperson of the Diversity Committee of the NYI Board of Directors.

elaine retholtz

Elaine Retholtz Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma for over 20 years, and has been teaching since 2004. In addition to teaching at NYI, she teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life.

gary singer

Gary Singer Gary Singer is a teacher of New York Insight and a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader’s teaching program.  He’s been practicing vipassanna meditation since 1992 and integrates mindfulness into his psychotherapy practice. As a founder of NYI’s Family Sangha program, he writes and gives workshops on mindfulness, stress reduction, work/life balance, and intercultural/interracial relationships.

sebene selassie

Sebene Selassie Sebene Selassie is a meditation teacher and certified Integral Coach®. She has been studying Buddhism since majoring in Comparative Religious Studies as an undergrad at McGill University. For over 20 years she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not–for–profits. Her work has taken her everywhere from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa. She aspires for her practice and teaching to be authentic, relational, pragmatic, and joyful.

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