DONATION BASED RETREATS

 

Retreats offered at RADIANCE are based upon your generosity. A $50 registration fee is required when you register for a retreat.  At the end of the retreat, you will be asked to generously donate to the teacher and to the center.   Your open heart and  generosity of mind and spirit, has allowed us to provide inclusive retreats for the past 10 years.

  

Typical Teacher Donation:  $75-$125

Typical Center Donation:    $200-$400

 

A few partial work scholarships are available. Please email Dolores at evolved812@aol.com for additional information.   Thank you.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Your $50 registration fee is refundable within 15 days of the beginning date of a retreat.    Any cancellations that occur less than 15 days of a retreat will not be refunded and that fee will be used as a donation to the center.  We regret that we cannot transfer fees.

Retreat Schedule 2020

March 13-15, 2020

                 

Swami Gyankirti is from Sierra Leone, West Africa.   He has combined the heart of many ancient, traditional African spiritual healing methods, empowering energy work, meditation,  and non-traditional and traditional wisdom to create a unique blend of teachings.  He lived in an ashram for many years.  For over 40 years he has responded to the call of seekers worldwide, providing them with sacred healing through his active-participation retreats.  In 1983 Swami Gyankirti established The Medissage Centers for Health, Growth and Transformation. The organization presently has centers in South Carolina and in Norway.  

Swami has taught globally: Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Isreal, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, India, Nepal, Liberia, Ghana, The Gambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire ( The Congo ):  Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Hawaii, Malawi and United States.                                   

 

www.medissage.org

    Swami Gyankirti


 

A Course in Miracles says, "Spirit is in a state of grace forever, your reality is only spirit, therefore you are in a state of grace forever". It has also been said that we are spirits engaging in an human experience.

We  live stressful lives which causes us to disconnect from ourselves as spiritual beings.  Through spiritual practices, we can experience this essential re-connection to spirit and grace. "True empowerment and joyous living comes through an increased ability to live a reality that is compatible with your true nature.  Living such a life means being able to dream. It means being able to visualize.  And it means being able to create a reality for oneself that is consistent with these dreams and the mental and emotional input that one programs into the bio-spiritual unit.  We alone are the creators of our reality.  We alone can get in the way, block, and interfere with the creation of that reality."   Swami Gyankirti


 In this interactive weekend retreat, sound, breath, movement and touch will be used as instruments to facilitate healing, energy modifications and deep states of meditation and relaxation.

YOU as SPIRIT

April 17-19, 2020

Claudia Olmos

Sheila Gautreaux

A dynamic, captivating, power speaker,

Rev. Sheila Gautreaux, Ordained Unity Minister, Licensed Unity Teacher, Radical Forgiveness Master Coach & Teacher, Published Author and Retired Opera Singer, now residing in Houston, TX and serving as an Adjunct Minister at Unity of Houston, under the leadership of Rev. Michael Gott, Senior Minister.

 

She is known throughout the Unity Movement for her wide-ranging and far-reaching gifts,  having taught many original classes and workshops on Unity Principles, Quantum Science, healing and empowerment of women and teens.  As a Master Coach, Teacher and Workshop Facilitator of Colin Tipping’s Radical Forgiveness, she has brought healing to thousands and is committed to seeing it as the path to world healing.

 

 She is the Author of Praying Through A Storm; Messages—Essays On A Spiritual Journey; and, her newest, The Long Journey Home.  She has composed approximately 40 New Thought Solos and Congregational Chants, which she shares in her presentations.  She is currently writing a new book entitled “Living the Charmed Life.”

 

 

Claudia Olmos

Holistic Healer, Theta healing, Access Bars. Leader of the Latinas Unidas in the Light for the past 8 years and Leader of the Spanish Ministry of Unity Houston (2 years) Student of Ministerial School (Unity and Pathways of Light).

RADICAL FORGIVENESS:

BREAKING THE CHAINS THAT BIND US

Spend the weekend in a multi-dimensional experience that facilitates an energy shift;which lifts you out of the old hurts and victim archetype and opens the door for creating the life you wish to live.  Using the simple step-by-step tools and processes based on the five (5) stages of Radical Forgiveness, you will:  Release the situations of the past that block your success; deconstruct the old belief systems that hold you in bondage; take back your power from where you gave it away; pave the way to radically forgive everyone who has ever harmed you, and open the gateway to creating the life you want.  The weekend includes many individual and group exercises, music, movement, breath work, and the Satori Breathwork Healing Process.

 

 May 15-17, 2020

  Kwan Haeng Sunim

                               
I met the Kwan Um School of Zen’s Patriarch, Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1986 at the Cambridge Zen Center. 
In 1997 I went to Korea to train at Hwa Gye Sa temple in Seoul.   And in 1999 I received novice monk’s precepts.  In 2003 I received my Bhikku precepts and lived and practiced in Korea until 2012.
In 2012 I returned to the US and the Providence Zen Center.   I’m the Head Dharma Teacher.   I host our Sunday Dharma Practice program.   I do each 90 day winter retreat as the Head Dharma Teacher.  I post ads, memes and video weekly on FB and Instagram.  And record and edit the Dharma Talks
https://providencezen.org/

 

DEEPENING OUR UNIVERSAL CONNECTION

Zen practice is rooted in self-awareness-------understanding oneself and through that deeper understanding, helping others.  Taking time to be still and silent helps to bring about self-exploration and insight.  This retreat will offer the opportunity to do sitting meditation (zazen) and walking meditation.  There will also be chanting and talks.  Come experience a deeper connection to oneself, each other and the planet earth in an atmosphere of beauty, grace and quietude. 

www.providencezen.org

June 12-14, 2020

       Sula Janet Evans

I am initiated as a Priestess of Mami Wata from the Akan/Ewe Tradition of Ghana, West Africa.  I am founding Priestess of the Temple of Light - Ile' de Coin-Coin located in the Musicians Village in New Orleans, LA

I have been a Priestess for the past 14 years and have been serving the Spirit for the past 35 years.   My life is dedicated to the healing of  myself and others through an understanding and appreciation of ourselves as spiritual beings.  Often healing on the spiritual plane brings about healing on the emotional and physical planes.

I am also a certified Doula (birthing support) and have had the honor of participating in the delivery of many precious souls.  I bow to the parents who have trusted me with welcoming their precious babies into this world.  I bow to the babies who allowed me to hear their first sounds as they introduced themselves to the planet earth.

I bow to our ancestors who are forever guiding us as we journey through this life.

We all have a spiritual calling:  I have been blessed to hear and honor my calling at a young age.

Sacred Wisdom and The Power of The Divine Feminine 

 

This retreat will be a participatory journey through time and space.  Together we will share in ceremonies, rituals, songs and prayers of the Mothers  from the Yoruba and Akan traditions.  We will experience healing, grounding and uplifting through West African traditions with a focus on the power of the Great Mother.  This retreat welcomes people of all backgrounds and traditions to come experience the unique, ancient traditions that have been passed down for generations for our healing and enlightenment.

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September 11-13, 2020

Sarah Vekasi

Sarah Vekasi, M.Div. is the founder of the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative, in Black Mountain, NC, which provides pastoral support for social justice and environmental justice activists throughout Central Appalachia and North Carolina. Sarah is a longtime student and colleague of Joanna Macy, facilitating and teaching the Work That Reconnects and Active Hope with her for many years. Originally from rural Montana, Sarah entered the world of direct action activism and community organizing as a teenager. She lived in a tree for nearly a year in Western Washington and helped organize large protests and movement spaces throughout the west coast in the late 1990’s. In her young twenties she needed answers about suffering and the Bodhisattva pledge, so she moved into a traditional Zen monastery in Japan for several years, practicing with Tangen Harada Roshi, before returning to the United States in 2004 to coin and create Eco-Chaplaincy. Sarah has a Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and has worked as a Chaplain within the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining and towards a sustainable Appalachia since 2009.

 

Dynamic Hope: 

Staying Engaged Through Difficult Times

This workshop is about embodying deep resilience needed in these trying times, to strengthen us in our work of transforming the world, help us prevent and recover from burnout, and go forth into the New Year strong in our commitment to our work and our world. This workshop will help us engage the world as it is, through our own unique contribution toward a more life affirming society. We will work on finding gratitude when and where we can, honor and allow our grief and despair for these trying times, and use our lived experiences and those of our ancestors, and those to whom we will be ancestors, to guide us to see these times with new eyes. This workshop will follow the spiral of the Work that Reconnects as created by master teacher Joanna Macy. This is a workshop for anyone engaged in the transformation of our world.
 

www.sarahsunshinepottery.com                                                           

October 9-11, 2020

Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma + Embodied Wisdom + Activism.  She shares her expertise nationally as a Dharma Teacher, trainer, and guest lecturer at conferences and universities, regarding the need to expand our vision around culturally responsive teachings, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker shared practice with the most vulnerable populations in NYC for over a decade, and has contributed to several books and academic papers. She has trained at Spirit Rock in their Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete the Spirit Rock 4 year Residential Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.  She is committed to working with folks to find a sense of freedom and liberation, in a world that is held captive by greed, hatred and delusion. 

 

Intimacy with Body: A Path to Liberation 

 

In this weekend practice retreat of Vipassana meditation, we’ll explore our connection to impermanence through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness,  and the natural world. Cultivating a new, or deepening an existing intimate relationship with the body, will support this deeper knowing. This retreat is open to folks at all levels, and will culminate with a sense of connection to ourselves, each other, and the natural world, along with tools to practice during this holiday season and beyond. 

 

This retreat will be held in noble silence during the morning practice periods, opening up into relational practice and practice in nature (weather permitting) in the afternoons. 

Noble silence and the five precepts for ethical conduct (protecting life, generosity, mindful of speech, protecting the sexuality of self and others, and freeing ourselves of intoxicants that cloud the heart and mind), will be observed to support this practice-based weekend.

November 13-15, 2020

Myokei Caine-Barrett

Myokei Caine-Barrett currently holds the position of Bishop of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Order of North America.  She is the first woman and the first American to hold this position.  She is also the first American woman and first person of African American-Japanese descent to be fully ordained, having completed this process in 2007 with  Archbishop Nissho Uchino in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. She is the guiding teacher and priest at Myoken-ji Temple in Houston, Texas.  

She works as a clergy at two prison Sanghas (communities).  She has been fully engaged in this work for 15 years as a full expression of The Lotus Sutra teaching of full equality.  She is currently developing curriculum for 1) the Nichiren Shu tradition and the Lotus Sutra and (2) dealing with the trauma of incarceration and racism.  She also supports weekend trainings for Healing Warrior Hearts, a Texas for Heroes project designed to truly welcome veterans home.

LIFE=MISSION

 

In this retreat we will explore the underlying purpose of existence and how best to respond to the many vicissitudes of life.  We chant the Odaimoku [sacred title], or NAMU MYOHO RENGE KYO, to open our hearts and our minds, and to strengthen our connection to the Three Treasures, while polishing the mirror of our lives.   Namu actually translates as devotion to or reverence for;  Myoho Renge Kyo is the Japanese pronunciation of the ancient Chinese expression and is translated Myo=wonderful or mysterious, Ho=dharma Renge=lotus flower and Kyo=sutra. Thus, the title of the Lotus Sutra is actually Devotion to the Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma. 

 

Our Founder is Nichiren Shonin

 

Together we will study part of The Lotus Sutra, chant, sit in silent mediation and share drumming and poetry.  All are welcome and no experience of meditation or chanting is needed. 

December 11-13, 2020

Solwazi Samuel Johnson

Solwazi has been practicing and teaching for over 20 years with a focus on Vipassana since 2003. He has studied/practiced in Thailand, Burma, India, and South Africa. He is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is currently in the four-year Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. Solwazi worked for over 20 years as a health educator and trainer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He leads regular mindfulness meditation classes and retreats in the Denver metropolitan area. He is an ICF certified professional coach and a graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration and the Thai School of Complementary Health in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Lastly, Solwazi is the guiding teacher for a Prison Buddhist Ministry Program in a Federal Prison located in the Denver area.

Reclaiming Health and Well Being

The times we live in are extremely intense for most of us as the pressure of a world spinning out of control activates patterns of trauma, psychological wounds, reactivity and stress. On this retreat, we will take the time to pause in a kind, safe, and supportive space so we can explore a wide range of both ancient and contemporary healing modalities including sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and mindful movement. We will also explore various body-based self-regulation practices which support/enhance resilience and strengthens one’s ability to cope with stress, change and uncertainty which ultimately enable us to engage our lives and the world around with increased clarity, compassion, joy and equanimity.

January 1-3, 2021

Sally Dunn

I fell from the top of my stairs in 2004.  Upon gaining consciousness, alone and in pain, I realized that my heel was now turned where my toes originally were and in that moment I saw a symbol of a new direction.  And so my intense spiritual journey began.  My path led to taking the Bodhisattva vow in the Mahayana lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and attending dozens of Khentrul Rinpoche's  teachings and going into silence for extended periods of time.  Later I underwent training and became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

It has been through intense study that I have come to understand the profound universal truth which is that love is all there is.  This truth motivates and permeates my teaching.

Living and Dying:

Tibetan Buddhist Pathways To Love and Healing

By embracing abundance I have moved beyond the state of lack and neediness.  I share with my students from a place of grace, love, abundance and empowerment.

Many westerners have a fear or aversion  of death.  Many people will not discuss the reality that we are all destined to die.  This aversion and fear creates stress and anxiety around something that is inevitable.  What would it feel like to approach the subject of death with relaxation and curiosity.  Death meditation provides the space to live life more fully and to have a more peaceful death when the time comes.   This retreat provides a guide to experiencing death as a peaceful transition while creating an open, gigantic space for living mindfully in the present with fear.  

 

This retreat will incorporate meditation, chanting, visualization, gentle yoga and much more.  Come with an open mind and an open heart and experience this life-changing process.