Lama Rod Owens — Leading with an Open Heart: A Radical Dharma Vision of Using Our Broken Hearts to Get Free

Lama Rod Owens — Leading with an Open Heart: A Radical Dharma Vision of Using Our Broken Hearts to Get Free

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Cost: Sliding scale donation of $12 to $25. Please support this event and Lama Rod Owens by paying as much as you are able to afford. No one will be turned away based on ability to pay- scholarships available: please contact  Drea at for more information. 

Caverly Morgan, Presence Collective, SOLA, and Radical Meditation for People of Color are honored to host this special evening workshop with visiting teacher Lama Rod Owens.

So many of us are grieving and in deep mourning for the world and ourselves.  Many of us have been conditioned to avoid and deny our pain and to see it as dangerous. If we are struggling with within systems of oppression, we may experience forms of intense pain in the form of various identity based traumas. To transform our relationship to this pain we must begin cultivating an open heart and leading with that openness. But how do we begin to rely on our broken hearts as a profound means of both personal and social liberation? How does our pain become the teacher? How can it become the path? Most importantly, how does this path of the open heart become a strategy for social liberation as well?

About Lama Rod Owens:

Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a teacher with Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) , a visiting teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship, the Brooklyn Zen Center, and a founding teacher of the Awaken App. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod is a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Lama Rod is He can be reached at


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

June 16-22, 2018
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 and qigong will be offered by Jen Cai. 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.

Three registration windows & pricing:

Early Bird: April 17th-May 17th: Double: $1,160; Single: $1,370

Regular Registration: May 18th-June 12th: Double: $1,185; Single: $1,395



  • Registration includes: single or shared accommodations; three daily meals, tea, & teachings.
  • Visit to learn more about the location & accommodations.
  • We will be working to arrange carpooling and potential paid shuttles 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

Watch Caverly and Barnaby on a Facebook Live Q&A video about Caverly's summer retreats in 2018.


Qi Gong mindful movement will be led by Jen Cai for this retreat.

Curious about Qi Gong and mindful movement? Watch this short video with Caverly and Jen discussing more about Jen's approach and what to expect from her offering on this retreat.

About Jen:

Jen co-facilitates mindfulness trainings and teen nights for Peace in Schools and coordinates wellness programs, including mindfulness, at Oregon Health & Sciences University.  She is passionate about supporting both youth and adults in starting or deepening their mindfulness practice.  She has been deeply nourished by her own qi gong and meditation practices, and is excited to be offering qi gong at the Buckhorn retreat.  She has a Master’s in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has offered qi gong for groups of staff and students at multiple organizations.   

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA

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In this 5-day workshop, former monk Caverly Morgan uses meditation, guided imagery, experiential exercises, journaling, and group discussion to illuminate the happiness that can only come from within.

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 their 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 their 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.

Retreat Teacher


Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, social activist, and the founder and executive director of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening.

Caverly’s meditation practice began in 1995 with eight years in a silent monastery. She began teaching in 2001-her practice and instruction blend the original spirit of Zen with a modern, nondual approach.

She is the founder, executive director, and guiding lead teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion, warmth, and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages and experience levels.

Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and classes around the United States, and speaks publicly at conferences on topics including contemplative practice, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education. She has been featured in publications such as Mindful magazine and the New York Times.

Dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love, and embodying the truth of interconnection, Caverly invites you to join her in realizing an awakened world.

Learn more about the Bridge to Happiness retreat at 1440 in this informational video with Caverly Morgan.


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Save-The-Date: Fall Urban Retreat - Portland, OR.

Save-The-Date: Fall Urban Retreat - Portland, OR.

Stay tuned for finalized details and plan to join Caverly Morgan a fall for a non-residential urban retreat in Portland, OR.

The weekend will include meditations and self-reflective explorations, relational mindfulness exercises, and conscious, compassionate communication skills. We’ll also be exploring mindful movement. 

Sample schedule:

  • Friday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • No experience required. All welcome.

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

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

Awakening to the New Year: A Five-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 28-January 2 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.


Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. Caverly trained in a silent Zen monastery for eight years, and has been teaching meditation since 2001. She leads meditation retreats, workshops, and classes around the United States and is dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love and embodying the truth of interconnection. 


No experience required. All are welcome.

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.