The Absolute is the Relative: Touching Race, Injustice, and Love, 3-Part Webinar

The Absolute is the Relative: Touching Race, Injustice, and Love, 3-Part Webinar

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All being is shared being. To know that is peace. To live that is love.
— Caverly

When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute – that it is something to transcend or ‘just an illusion’ – we ignore the reality of the illusion. What is the illusion comprised of? How is it known? And by whom?

The relative may appear to arise out of the absolute, as waves appear to arise out of the ocean, but like waves, both relative and absolute are components of a greater whole. They are not separate. When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human. We experience viscerally that “the world is my family.”

From this understanding, we recognize that liberation is not a singular experience. There can be no individual ego that experiences enlightenment. We suffer when we forget that. We suffer when we perceive ourselves as separate from the collective – on the level of consciousness (the absolute) as well as with our neighbor (the relative).

When we recognize that the world is arising in us, Awareness, there is nothing to dismiss. How, then, in our situation of privilege on the relative plane, do we dismiss injustice, bias, cruelty in the name of transcendence or ‘spiritual understanding’? How do we participate in systems of oppression while ignoring the effects on our neighbor, as well as the whole?

Do we fall for the story that the awakened life we seek is mine to have rather than ours to be? And what’s love got to do with it?

Course Description:

Each live webinar will include a guided meditation and discussion with Caverly. Whether through guided experience or discussion, everything will be an opportunity to explore our direct experience. Assignments will be offered at the end of each call, allowing the material to be fully integrated into everyday life.

Week 1 – Form is Not Different from Emptiness

We begin the course with the truth of oneness. From the recognition of this truth, we are unafraid to know the absolute while simultaneously engaging in the relative. We don’t experience them as separate.

“In order to fully realize our humanity it is necessary to recognize our divinity.” – Rupert Spira

In module one, we lay the groundwork for our exploration by defining terms and exploring the consequences of identifying with the illusion that the absolute and relative are separate.

Duration: 90 mins

Week 2 – Embodiment is the Nexus

In module two, we explore the way in which our liberation is bound in each other. In a faulty understanding of the nature of reality, we are oppressed. In a faulty understanding of the nature of our social structures, we are oppressed. This module explores race and injustice through the truth of collective liberation – which is inherent and our birthright.

“Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” – Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Duration: 90 mins

Week 3 – Loving and Living Truth in the World

On truth’s path, wise is mad, insane is wise. In love’s way, self and other are the same. Having drunk the wine, my love, of being one with you, I find the way to Mecca and Bodghaya are the same.” – #302, from Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi (Tehran, Amrir Kabrir, 1988)

The final module for the course will focus on love. Loving wholeheartedly. Loving fully. Loving recklessly. We’ll explore living in accordance with our deepest understanding and acting in service to and on behalf of that understanding.

“All being is shared being. To know that is peace. To live that is love.”
— Caverly

Duration: 90 mins


Moving Beyond the Myth of Loneliness – We Myndful, Portland OR

Moving Beyond the Myth of Loneliness – We Myndful, Portland OR

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Join Caverly for a free morning talk and meditation at We Myndful on the topic, “Moving Beyond the Myth of Loneliness.”

We are conditioned to experience ourselves as separate from life. When we identify with this perceived separation, a natural byproduct is loneliness. In an attempt to resolve the angst created by that experience, to heal the wound, we are habituated to look externally. In that outward gaze, we often overlook an experience that is inherent. How does our habit of seeking shift when we recognize that what we long for can never actually be lost?

We Myndful Mornings is a monthly morning lecture series on topics relating to well-being, health and mindfulness. The event is free. Breakfast snacks, coffee, kombucha and juice are provided.

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Image from We Myndful.

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

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What do we want more than happiness? We all long for it. It’s the core desire underneath all of our searching.

Likely you realize it can't be found externally. You may have tried to find it through forms of self-help. You've read inspiring books by great teachers. You've resonated with their wisdom. And yet you struggle to live by these truths in your daily life.

The Bridge to Happiness program supports us in living from truth. It's an accessible and informative course that integrates the world's greatest wisdom teachings. It shows you how to align your life with your deepest understanding.

The Bridge to Happiness is founded in the revolutionary understanding that your true nature is wholeness, awareness, and unconditional love. When we wake up to our true nature, our lives transform. Then contemplative practice is no longer founded on striving and searching, rather the alignment of all aspects of your life with your realization.

The Bridge to Happiness program involves a five-step process:

  1. Directing the Attention

  2. Recognizing the Conditioned Mind

  3. Accessing the Compassionate Mentor Within

  4. Moving Beyond the Duality of Self and Life

  5. Knowing Oneself as Awareness

Learn how to integrate the truths of the great wisdom traditions into your daily life. Learn a fresh and accessible approach to contemplative practice that covers both foundational and advanced practices. Leave with tools, structures, and supports to integrate your learnings into daily life after the retreat. Learn how to direct the attention, recognize processes of the conditioned mind such as self-talk, and explore a unique approach to self-compassion. Learn how to rest the attention at its source, and know oneself as awareness through:

  • Meditation

  • Guided imagery

  • Experiential exercises

  • Facilitated group discussion

  • Dyad work

  • Small group work

  • Journaling

Join us as we learn to live from authenticity and truth in daily life. Join us as we ground the depth of contemplative teachings in our everyday world.


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Undoing Racism, Uncovering Whiteness: A Half-Day Retreat for White-Identified Meditators

Undoing Racism, Uncovering Whiteness: A Half-Day Retreat for White-Identified Meditators

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With Caverly Morgan, Ethan Nichtern & David Perrin

Why is it all-too-easy to be blind to our own whiteness: privilege, bias, and ignorance, when it comes to race? Uncovering whiteness may sound like an oxymoron given that whiteness infuses all aspects of our culture and is systemically institutionalized. Yet this process is at the heart of a contemplative practice that focuses on both personal and social transformation. Undoing racism happens when what we cannot see becomes visible and therefore changeable.

This retreat is intended for us to deepen our practice of waking up from confusion and prejudice, into deep relationship with ourselves and others – many of whom face the direct consequences of our ignorance on a daily basis. Whether passionately committed as an activist to end racism, or newer to race-awareness work, we welcome all levels of meditators to practice with, support and challenge our awareness around whiteness.

This half-day retreat will be an afternoon of meditation, group conversation, and reflection. As facilitators we do not claim to be experts on this topic, but guides in this contemplative process. Ending the conditioned patterns of white supremacy is our shared, collective endeavor.

Fee structure:

  • $10 suggested donation goes exclusively to space rental fee

  • A patron contribution of more than $10 will be offered to support the ongoing practice of meditators who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color.

Teachers:

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Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a visiting teacher at Open Circle, the Science and Nonduality Conference, Insight Meditation of Seattle and Charlottesville, MNDFL, the Mind and Life Conference, Esalen, and the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care. She has also been interviewed on Buddha at the Gaspump.

 
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Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher and author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path and The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. He is the founder of The Road Home podcast and of The Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts. He has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology for the past 16 years, and served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, from 2010-2018. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

 
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David Perrin is a meditation teacher and mentor in the Shambhala tradition. David is a MNDFL Lead Teacher and Director of the MNDFL Teacher Training, core faculty at the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, and Co-Director of the Teaching Mindfulness Training with Dr. Shanté Smalls and Ethan Nichtern. He is also a Licensed Creative Arts Psychotherapist. David serves as a Trustee at the Perrin Family Foundation supporting youth social justice projects in Connecticut. He is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in meditation centers, social institutions, and in his own practice. David lives in New York City with partner Anne Kenan, and their three children.

Buckhorn Springs Silent Retreat - Ashland, OR

Buckhorn Springs Silent Retreat - Ashland, OR

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Resting As The Stillness of Being

A Seven Day Silent Retreat Led By Caverly Morgan

July 27-August 2, 2019
Buckhorn Springs | Ashland, Oregon

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In the refuge of this serene natural setting, together we’ll practice the ‘non-practice’ of simply being. The backdrop of silence will allow presence to shine at the forefront of experience. The group sessions will allow us to bring consciousness to what sometimes gets in the way.

The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, group sessions, and private guidance with Caverly Morgan. Mindful movement will also be offered. Join us as we rest in spaciousness, exploring our direct experience of presence. Join us as we rest in the stillness of being.

Buckhorn Springs is a historic retreat center tucked in a hidden valley outside Ashland, Oregon. Nestled in its own valley, it's set against a dramatic backdrop inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. It has been run by the Sargent family for decades — they have preserved a piece of Oregon’s history to share with their guests.

The permaculture principles on the land create a more resilient and bountiful landscape and guide the sustainable forestry and organic agriculture. The 120 acre property contains diverse micro-habitats, from moist riparian cedar forest to sun-baked grassy slopes to oak and madrone mosaics.

Chef Leslie Sargent has been preparing meals at Buckhorn for almost 30 years. Creating in the kitchen has always been Leslie’s passion. The dishes are always fresh, with ingredients from seasonal harvests, local farmers and primarily from Buckhorn’s on site organic gardens.

 

Pricing & Discounts:

Early Bird Tuition (good through June 27th):
Use code EARLYBIRD when registering

  • Single : $1,295 (private)

  • Double : $1,085 (shared)

Regular Tuition (June 28th-July 20th):

  • Single : $1,395 (private)

  • Double : $1,185 (shared)

  • New! Bring a Friend Discount: If you register with a friend who has never attended a retreat with Caverly before, we want to offer you both a special discount upon registration! Email rebecca@presencecollective.org for more information. (Referral discount offered for retreaters who have not previously attended a Peace in Schools or Presence Collective retreat.)

  • New! Returning Participant Discount
    Have you attended a previous retreat with Caverly before? If so, we want to offer you a discount to say thanks for being part of our community! Before you register, email rebecca@presencecollective.org for your discount code. (May not be combined with Early Bird discount).

More information:

  • Registration includes: single or shared accommodations; three daily meals, tea, & teachings.

  • Visit www.buckhornsprings.org to learn more about the location & accommodations.

  • We will be working to arrange carpooling from the Portland metro area to this southern Oregon location.

  • Please note: we will be accepting donations at the end of retreat. We keep our costs low in part to allow for these donations to be given. Please keep this in mind when registering and preparing to attend retreats.


Daily retreat schedule (subject to minor changes):

7:00am Mindful Movement (optional)
7:30am Sitting Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm Morning group
12:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Short teaching on group requested topics (mindful eating, etc.)
3:00pm Afternoon group/Sit-Walk-Sit
4:30pm Bio Break
4:45-6:00pm Mindful Movement
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Evening group

 
Caverly at Penland School of Crafts

Caverly at Penland School of Crafts

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Caverly is delighted to offer a workshop on Mindfulness and Making at the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina. She will be joined by co-teacher Joy Seidler.

More details and registration coming soon!

Awakening to the New Year: A Six-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Awakening to the New Year: A Six-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

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This retreat isn’t about making resolutions, though it is about intention. It’s about realizing your deepest heart’s desire. It’s about embracing change out of love and passion, not obligation and fear.

Through awareness practice, we remember who we authentically are. We remember what we authentically are. When moving through the world from that recognition, intention manifests differently than when our attention is aligned with the feeling of separation.

From separation, awareness practice is distorted into a self-improvement plan and resolutions are a familiar and painful by-product. This retreat focuses on the alternative.

Join us for an inspiring and empowering journey of self-inquiry on this silent retreat. The retreat takes place from December 28th 2019 - January 2nd 2020 at Still Meadow Retreat Center in the tranquil Oregon countryside 30 minutes from Portland. See photos of Still Meadow Retreat Center.

Activities include meditation, group discussions and private guidance sessions with Caverly, as well as mindful movement, guided imagery, journaling, and mindful walking — all within the backdrop of silence.

No experience required. All are welcome.

Sample of a typical daily schedule:

7:00am Mindful Movement (optional)
7:30am Sitting Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm Group
12:30pm Lunch
3:00-4:30pm Group/Sit-Walk-Sit
4:45-6:00pm Mindful Movement
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Group


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Caverly Morgan is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening, as well as Peace in Schools — a nonprofit that is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. 
 

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Madeline Harmon is a mindfulness teacher, and has worked with K-12 students to help them develop personal mindfulness practices since 2011. She also carries her practice from the cushion to the mat, having completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings.

 

What retreat participants say:

The retreat provided a beautiful container for me to deeply listen to myself. All of my needs, that often get ignored in daily life, were heard and addressed. Everything was met with love I can’t wait to share this feeling in the world.
— Stephanie
This retreat is the most precious part of my year. The environment and teachings burn with love, wisdom, and deep intention. So grateful for this community and this retreat.
— Michael
It was such a profound honor to witness Caverly’s clarity, love, presence, wisdom and humor. I felt held and seen in a way that was so welcoming and compassionate. I felt accepted just as I am, with no conditions. Thank you for creating such a profound space of connection with self and sangha.
— Rebecca
This retreat was the most meaningful gift I’ve given to myself.
— Julie

We are committed to being an open and inclusive community. We accept and support diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Please let us know how we can fully support your retreat experience.