This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Zeenat Potia online, via Zoom. (Register here if you prefer to attend in person.) Registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Time is ET.
The Buddha said that everything rests on the tip of one's intention. Wise intention is the energy that moves all spiritual practices forward. The beginning of a new year is an auspicious time to reflect upon and set new intentions to support our lives. In this retreat, we will learn about wise intention as outlined in the Buddha’s classical teachings of the Eightfold Noble Path, with an emphasis on non-harm, non-cruelty, and surrendering to the present moment.
We will learn to collectively plant the seeds of our intentions, letting go of the need to control outcomes, and opening to the natural, joyful unfolding of our lives. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s invitation to “live deliberately,” we can aspire to walk a conscious and awakened path to meet whatever arises in the coming year.
This retreat will be supportive for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Our day together will include talks, sitting and walking meditation, and learning from one another. There will be time for discussion so that we can explore the unique circumstances and practice questions of as many people in the group as possible. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. This program will not be recorded.
Zeenat Potia teaches meditation in Buddhist and secular spaces. She has over 15 years of training, with extensive silent retreat experience in the early Buddhist tradition and advanced trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Zeenat incorporates her life experience — as a South Asian immigrant, as a mother, and as a strategic communications professional in higher education, non-profit, and publishing for over 20 years — into her teaching.
Her current work integrates mindfulness, 12-step recovery, and Internal Family Systems as a way to heal intergenerational trauma and transform structures of internal and external oppression. She is committed to sharing mindfulness with underserved and underrepresented populations. Zeenat has taught at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center since 2014, as well as teaching meditation in organizations and universities throughout the Boston area. Learn more at: zeenatpotia.com
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