In-Person: Tending Grief in Nature

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In-Person: Tending Grief in Nature
with Lin Wang Gordon and Peace Twesigye
Saturday, September 25th, 2021 | 10:00am – 4:30pm ET

In the past year, many lost loved ones due to Covid-19 or other causes. Yet the pandemic put barriers into holding many rituals that help us process grief, individually and collectively. Grief, if not attended, could often hold us hostage to life’s uncertainty and losses.

How do we open our heart and continue to let our life energy flow while facing and tending our grief intimately? How do we establish a sense of connection with our loved ones when their bodies are no longer here?

Join meditation teachers Lin Gordon and Peace Twesigye as we spend this day outdoors at the beautiful Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve to meditate, to free-write, to experiment with the elements, and to share dreams. We will explore nature-based practices, learn, and find support and healing forces in nature as we share a space to mourn and grieve.

This daylong is not limited to those who experienced human loss but also animal companions. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Subway: Take the A train to Rockaway Blvd., get off at the last cart on the train to exit the train station. Take the Q52/Q53 bus from there and get off at the Cross Bay Bl & Wildlife Refuge stop. The bus will drop you off directly in front of the entrance.

Bus: Take the Q53 from 61st and Roosevelt Avenue (Woodside) to the Refuge. Please note that the Q53 is a +select bus service.

More info: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve

Registration closes 3 days before the program start (Wed. Sep. 22nd, 12:00 PM)

NY Insight COVID Protocol for outdoor In-Person programs:
All participants must be vaccinated – Proof of vaccination is required.
All participants must register before attending NYInsight all forms of gatherings (sanghas included.)
All participants must wear masks.
All participants must follow social distancing guidelines by keeping 6’ apart.

Disclaimer: Procedures adhere to current CDC guidelines.
Changes may be applied at any time, based on CDC guidelines.
For the health and safety of our staff and community, please do not come onsite if you are feeling unwell.

Maximum participants: 20 people

Please bring:
– Mask
– Water
– Lunch
– Snacks
– Rain gear
– Rain Gear
– Hiking shoes or trail runner (good for muddy or wet trails)
– Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)
– Journal and pen


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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

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***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
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Lin Wang Gordon

Lin has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

Peace Twesigye

Peace Twesigye is the Assisting Program Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary. Peace assists in designing and overseeing curriculum in Buddhist Studies, working directly with the Senior Director. Peace supports and creates spaces for contemplative practice that serve as a basis for students’ active engagement and service in community as well as supporting academic advisement of Buddhist students. Peace Twesigye organizes and manages public and private conversations and events as part of the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary to further expand its public offerings in understanding applied Buddhism. Peace also serves on the board of Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and serves as a practice leader and teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center as well as enjoying the opportunity of offering programs in other spaces when invited. Peace Twesigye has two master’s degrees; the first in violin performance, and the second in education, with a specialization in students with disabilities, and is committed to the path of being a lifelong student.

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