MEETINGS WITH JOAN
Events with Joan invite a direct and open exploration of the living reality Here / Now. Can we wake up to what is actually taking place? Is it possible to see through the thoughts and beliefs that limit and confuse us? This isn't about controlling life or figuring it all out, but rather, it's about seeing how we create suffering, and discovering the joy, the aliveness, the freedom, the possibility that is right here in this awake presence. Public gatherings typically include silence, a talk and an opportunity for questions and dialog.
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INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR SKYPE:
Joan offers hour-long individual meetings (by phone or Skype) on a sliding fee scale. Please click here for more information.
UPCOMING EVENTS OUTSIDE ASHLAND:
SAND (Science and Nonduality Gathering) in California in OCTOBER 2015: Joan will be a presenter at the Science & Nonduality Conference in San Jose, California, October 23-25, 2015. Her presentation is on Friday afternoon, October 23 at 2:00 PM, but she'll be there on-site from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
5-DAY EAST COAST RETREAT March 26-31, 2016: Joan will be offering a 5-day residential retreat at Springwater Center in Springwater, New York, an hour south of Rochester. Springwater is a beautiful country retreat center on some 200 acres, with fields, woods, a pond, and many trails. The schedule will include meditation, talks, dialog, and private meetings with Joan. Aside from talks, dialogs and private meetings, the retreat will be held in silence. Meditation here is simply being awake in this moment, without method or technique, open to what is. All meditation periods are optional, none will ever be longer than 30 minutes, and chairs of all kinds are available, including armchairs and recliners, as well as meditation cushions, abundant support cushions, meditation benches and balance chairs, so there are many ways to sit comfortably. The food is simple, vegetarian fare. Most rooms are shared, although a few private rooms are available for an additional fee. The cost of the retreat for a non-member of Springwater Center is $440 ($340 for members). The retreat begins with a (non-silent) dinner at 5:30 PM on Saturday the 26th and ends with a (non-silent) lunch on Thursday the 31st. If you are flying or taking a train or bus, Springwater staff can pick people up in Rochester for a fee—check with them before booking flights about the times when they can do this and the fees. Registration is being handled by Springwater Center, and they can answer any questions about fees, accommodations, food, airport rides, and other practical matters. (Joan's first book, Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life, was largely about her years on staff at Springwater, working with Toni Packer).
EVENTS IN ASHLAND, OREGON:
Monthly Public Meetings in Ashland are generally held on the 3rd Sunday afternoon of every month (with occasional exceptions). The next confirmed meeting date is Sunday, October 11 from 3-5 PM. A $5 to $20 donation is suggested for these meetings, but nothing is required, and everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at Shanti River Center, 300 E. Hersey #2. The Center has moved just around the corner from where it was before, in the same building, so if you haven't been in awhile, the new door is on the side of the building. As you enter the business park from Hersey, go to the first office you see on your left, and follow the sign on the building for Shanti River Center, which will direct you around the corner to the door on the side. As you approach on foot, you'll see a sign on the door for Joan's event. In hot weather, the space is air-conditioned, so you may wish to bring layers if you are sensitive to that.
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