This posting was originally sent to the emails of retreatants on Monday morning, August 6th. Please take the retreat survey (details below) when you have a moment. Thank you!
DEAR POC RETREAT FAMILY,
The Organizing Committee feels so much gratitude for your presence at the 2012 People of Color Retreat. Each of you being there made the retreat a true expression and manifestation of interbeing, the living sangha and the community we all wish to see in the world. We send you deep breaths as we all integrate and “retreat back” into our daily life, our families, relationships, communities, work life…moment by moment. Let’s all commit to allowing our breaths to have our backs! Bowing to your down-the-mountain practice…
Below are follow-up retreat announcements and resources to share. We hope you find them useful.
***RETREAT FEEDBACK: MINDFUL EVALUATION***
When you get a moment, we invite everyone to share your feedback about the retreat experience to assist us with future retreats.
This anonymous survey may take about 15-20 minutes to complete. This survey will close on 8/21/2012, 12am.
Please take the survey here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dElNZE1oU0hqRVRVVFpLdmNSTjc4WlE6MQ
GENEROUS SANGHA, ABUNDANT RETREAT
Many thanks again for your contributions to our Dharma Teachers to support their livelihood, and to the Deer Park Nunnery project. We appreciated all the forms of offerings you gifted that lend support to the people and places sharing these priceless teachings of freedom, wholeness, true happiness and liberation. We thank you for offering your presence to the retreat to co-create a community of practice, healing and peace. Thank you for your working meditation service. Thank you for volunteering to assist with the next POC gathering. Thanks to all who offered rideshares and carpools. Thanks for all your smiles and acts of kindness. Thank you for breathing Love into our world. Thank you for your practice. _/|\_ Anumodana! Rejoicing Together!
CREATIVE DOCUMENTATION: RETREAT PHOTOS, ETC.
Check out some photos from the retreat here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/colorsofdeerpark/
We invite you to share your photo streams and collections. Send an email to email@example.com with the link(s) to where you have posted retreat photos so we can share with the larger sangha body!
Also, we would very much like to see, read and feel, with the Eyes of the Sangha, the abundant voices, experiences, insights and moments which made up this weekend. This is a simple, open invitation to express the “poetics” of your practice and experience of the retreat through creative expression! Writing or engaging in artmaking of any sort is an act of meditation too and can assist with the experience of integrating the learnings, transformation, healing and new seeds of Being that you experienced inside and outside of you. C’mon y’alls…if you feel inspired, we definitely wanna hear from you! A poem, a rhyme, a line, a haiku…what have you!? Thank you to those who have already sent in pictures, poetry, reflections, etc. The intent is to gather all submissions into a simple, cut and paste memory e-booklet (pdf file) of sorts that will be sent out upon completion. Submit contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO AS A RIVER: CONNECT WITH A SANGHA
Check out the sangha directory to connect with others in your area practicing mindful living. http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/directory/index.cgi
Also, if you have started a sangha, or you assist in facilitating a sangha, send a message to email@example.com indicating: sangha name & brief description, meeting location, meeting day and time, contact person info, etc. so we may publish this information for our retreat family!
DHARMA TALKS – AUDIO RECORDING
The Saturday and Sunday talks by Bhante and Rev. angel will accessible as audio files once they are uploaded to the Deer Park Dharmacast website. We will post the link on the retreat Facebook and blog.
In the meantime, check out the following links for numerous dharma talks from Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh and other teachers in the Plum Village tradition.
Rev. angel received requests for the texts shared during dharma talks (Warrior Spirit Prayer and the opening poem by David Whyte.) You can find the texts here: http://colorsofdeerpark.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/retreat-texts-from-rev-angel-kyodo-williams/
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE RETREAT COMMITTEE
Thanks to all the friends who signed up and expressed interest in helping with the next POC retreat/gathering! You will be receiving another email regarding volunteers. If you did not have a chance to sign up at the retreat and are interested in volunteering, you can still send us your name, contact info (email, phone) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After retreat surveys and evaluations are gathered, we will inform the sangha of possibilities for the next POC gathering. Thanks for staying connected!
UPCOMING POC RETREATS (outside of Deer Park Monastery)
Living Beautifully, Living Solidly: People of Color Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery (Oct 24-28, 2012) http://bluecliffmonastery.org/retreats/living-beautifully-living-solidly
Check retreat blog for other practice and retreat opportunities.
BREATHE, YOU ARE ONLINE!
Download various meditation timers, bells and reminder-tools for your computer, laptop, phones!
LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH!
We’re all in this together!
A lotus for you,
2012 POC Retreat Organizing Committee
P.S. You may like to listen to the Thank You song and the Great Compassion Chant while you are taking the retreat survey