All posts filed under: 2019

Sat. Nov. 23, 2019: We Are Nature: Remembering Our Sacred Connection to Earth

Who: Sebene Selassie, DaRa Williams, and Lin Gordon  Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm Location: New York Insight Meditation Center Many of us speak of nature as if it is something external, having nothing to do with us except when we “visit it”. Nature is “out there” or in “the wilderness.” Dharma, which is often referred to as truth or teachings, can be translated as nature. Dharma as nature is everywhere, in and around us. Whether we are aware of it or not, We are always in connection to this truth, that we are this sacred earth. In this daylong program, we will take time to reconnect to our bodies, hearts and minds remembering that we are nature. Centering land and ancestors, we will cultivate meditative awareness to sense the sacred connection to earth that is always present when we open to it. We will explore how this understanding can support us in our lives, in relationship/connection, our work, and especially in our response to our current planetary crisis. We will use …

Mon. Nov. 11, 7pm – Sacred Earth Sangha

Sacred Earth Sangha – Monthly Meetings New York Insight relaunched the Eco Sangha as the new “Sacred Earth Sangha.” We will meet monthly on the second Monday evening. It will be co-led by rotating NYI teachers, Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, and Jon Aaron. We invite all of our Dharma friends to come together as a community and create a this new sangha around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges around this global emergency. Date/Time Teachers Theme Aug. 12, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron Four Elements Sept. 9, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon Earth Oct. 14, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Sebene Selassie, Jon Aaron Water Nov. 11 , 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon Fire Dec. 9, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron Air Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 W 27th St., 10th Floor (between Broadway and 6th Avenue) This event has no pre-registration, $15 suggested donation.

Sun. October 20, 2019 – Fall Foliage Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist Enjoy a fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain. Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm. Who: Lin Gordon When: 8:15am-3pm, Sunday, October 20, 2019 Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road (parking …

July 19 – 26, 2019: Inner and Outer Nature Weeklong Retreat in Colorado

Date: Friday, July 19 – Friday, July 26, 2019 Location: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Jamestown, Colorado Buddhist teachers David Loy and Johann Robbins will be leading this retreat and I will be assisting them. The Inner and Outer Nature retreats includes deep nature practice, immersing in the natural world, connecting our inner nature with outer nature, and dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as instruction in nature meditation, Dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions. There is also a two day optional solo. Combining both retreats into a two week retreat is encouraged. Low cost retreat from $550, scholarships available. Register for week one, or register for full 2 week retreat Complete information

Sat. July 13, 2019 – Summer Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“Walking mindfully on the Earth can restore our peace and harmony, and it can restore Earth’s peace and harmony as well.  We are children of the Earth.  We rely on her for our happiness, and she relies on us also.  Whether the Earth is beautiful, fresh and green, or arid and parched depends on our way of walking.  When we practice walking meditation beautifully, we massage the Earth with our feet and plant seeds of joy and happiness with each step.  Our Mother will heal us, and we will heal her.” — Thich Nhat Hanh Register Enjoy a summer day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley.  This guided, meditative hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain (698 ft). Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Take a walk into the woods to connect with nature and ourselves.  We’ll integrate sitting and walking nature …

June 21 – 23, 2019: Meditation Fusion – Five Teachers, Five Styles

Date: Friday – Sunday, June 21 – 23, 2019 Location: Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA Come join me in experimenting different meditation styles at Kripalu on summer solstice weekend.  The key to discover a regular meditation practice is to find a style that resonates with you.  Program will include: Instinctive meditation with Steven Leonard Insight meditation with Lin Gordon Crystal bowl sound meditation with Carlos A. Perez Kundalini meditation with Amanbir Singh The neuroscience of meditation with Jacqueline Lutz. Learn more about the program and registration.

Sat. June 15, 2019 – Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park

Register Bird in the Pepper Tree Don’t mind my inexplicable delight in knowing your name, little Wilson’s Warbler yellow as a lemon, with a smooth, black cap.. Just do what you do and don’t worry, dipping branch by branch down  to the fountain…. A name is not a leash. – By Mary Oliver Do you know there are approximately 230 different species of birds can be found in Central Park? Some are year round and some would stop by during the spring and fall migration season.  Join Lin Gordon (nature meditation teacher) and Stephen Roylance (retired science teacher) in taking an early morning walk through Central Park, where we will listen to the sounds within and without. Who: Lin Gordon and Stephen Roylance When: 8:15am-10:30am, Saturday, June 13, 2019 Where: Meet at 72nd St and Central Park West entrance  Public Transportation: 72nd St station, 1, 2, 3, B or C by Subway Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $15, $20, to $25.  Registration is now opened. No prior meditation or birding experience needed. Bring Binocular Water Organic bug/tick …

May 10 – 12, 2019: Spring Weekend Retreat

Every season has its unique gifts. As a season for reawakening and renewal, spring provides us a unique opportunity to see the world with fresh eyes and to feel the wonder of the earth as it comes back to life. To help you come into a deeper rhythm with the natural world, Lin Gordon and Lee Steppacher will weave nature-based meditation practices throughout this silent weekend retreat. We will spend extended time outdoors and participate in guided meditation and mindful walks to open our sense of awareness, and sinking deeply into our connection to the world around us. Participants will learn to develop a receptive presence and contemplative relationship with nature, opening the possibility to experience beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life. Specific practices will be chosen based on weather, location and the group, but will include foundational mindfulness, movement and wisdom practices that are particularly aligned with being in nature. The weekend will be held primarily in silence, allowing you to …