'07 and '08 Retreats

Though most of these pictures show 

people interacting, there is ample time 

for solitude. Group sharing is optional.

Most retreats culminate with a Vision 

Quest into the ancient nearby forest..


    We join together to share what is arising within and around us,
without the need to change or fix anything. 
      Meditative inquiry is about looking together and alone, 
examining alone and together, and discovering 
the truth of this moment.

.....Truth itself needs no lineage. It is here, without past or future.

-Toni Packer
    In the spaciousness of unconditioned presence everything is welcome.     
    Silence and speaking find an organic balance as each group uniquely unfolds.
Neither are shunned or imposed.
    Spontaneous sharing and natural meditation occur effortlessly throughout the day.    
    Nothing can conflict with nondual awareness.    

Being present with whatever arises, an effortless flow carries us 

through the ever-changing mystery of "simply this."


"I came believing my former husband and I could find healing and transformation.
I leave knowing we have, beyond my wildest imaginings."


    "I love that we discovered the difference between doing, not doing and non-doing.
Nature and the four-legged creatures here reflect non-doing constantly.
 It is such a simple and valuable gift."
Masks fall away
in the face of love.
Quills of the past
become wings.

"The everyday practice of dzogchen is just everyday life itself. It is simply 
to develop a complete acceptance, an openness to all situations 
without limit. Being present in the moment may initially trigger fear. But by 
welcoming the sensation of fear with complete openness, we cut through 
the barriers created by habitual emotional patterns."

"The continual stream of new discovery, revelation and inspiration which 
arises at every moment is the manifestation of our clarity. We can learn to see 
everyday life as mandala - the luminous fringes of experience which radiate 
spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala 
are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play 
of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and 
ultimate significance of being. Therefore we can be natural and spontaneous, 
accepting and learning from everything."

-HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoch
"We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain, both."

"We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours."

"The capacity to identify is love.
The capacity to disidentify is wisdom.
Both arise simultaneously and without any conflict."

-Peter Fenner
Letís close our eyes and open to grace,
see without seeing, our original face,
and know, without knowing,
our place in this creation.
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