Upaya Women's Retreat with special guest Jane Fonda

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Santa Fe, New Mexico- Upaya Zen Center is hosting "In the Shelter of Each Other Women's Retreat: Power, Compassion, Resilience and the Shadow" July 16-20, 2008.

This event is a gathering of dedicated and gifted women leaders, teachers and artists who explore how to bring their lives of service to the world in relation to spiritual practice and creativity. The theme of this year's retreat focuses on the issue of power and how it is acted out on the world stage in challenging ways. The teachers will look at power and its shadow, and explore how to foster greater compassion, resilience and fearlessness in the world today.

The instructors are Roshi Joan Halifax, Zen teacher; Jane Fonda, social activist and actress; Mayumi Oda, social activist and artist; Zuleikha, dancer; Tessa Bielicki, co-founder of The Desert Foundation; Cynthia West, poet; Rabbi Malka Drucker, founder of HaMakom; Barbara Tedlock, specialist in Mayan shamanism; Colleen Kelly, I Ching teacher; Marty Peale, field naturalist; Beate Stolte, vice abbot, Upaya Zen Center; Jean Wilkins, Yushin Hieleman and Jisen McFarland, Upaya Zen priests.

"We are so grateful that our good friend Jane Fonda will be doing a special session on power, spirituality, and women," says Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya.  "Jane, like many of us, has dedicated her life to social action and transformation. Her presence invites us to recognize the imperative of compassionate action, here and now!"

As Aung San Suu Kyi says: "The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear." Fonda and the core of powerful women will look at the pathways to bring forth genuine compassion and peace.

This extraordinary program is a time of renewal, practice and deep exploration. Upaya provides all art materials, delicious organic food and a wonderful faculty and retreat program. Asian/Southwestern style lodging is available with rooms varying from monks' rooms to doubles and dorms.

Upaya welcomes and encourages guests to come early or stay longer for personal retreat time following the workshop.

Jennifer Marshall