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Weekend Meditation Retreat

Beginner's Mind: Only Kindness, led by Padmatara
May 4–6 (Fri 6pm to Sun 3pm) at Jikoji.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters
and purchase bread,

only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say

it is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you every where,
like a shadow or a friend.
(From Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye)

This retreat aims to provide a space to reconnect with beginner's mind - our natural capacity to see through expectations and prejudice and respond to our inner and outer worlds with gentle curiosity and wisdom. People with many years of experience as well as actual beginners are invited to give your practice a refreshing boost, surrounded by the quiet, natural beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains. Meditating together and supporting each other, away from our usual schedule, gives us the chance to go deeper and refresh our perspective on life.
This year our focus is on kindness, refreshing our understanding of what it really means and why it is such an important and unique friend.
Sliding scale*: $265-$200 plus optional dana for the teacher. Please pay what you can afford within the sliding scale. If you are unable to come because of money please contact us as we are sometimes able to offer reductions, depending on numbers. Registration deadline with $100 deposit: Wed, April 25. 
Sliding scale: $265–200
Registration deadline with $100 deposit: Apr 25