Friday, October 21, 6pmto Sunday, October 23, 4pm
Zazen Retreat Center, Mendocino Highlands
Coming Home is about coming home to ourselves, without waiting for the picture-perfect life, the never-ending to-do-list all checked off, all our foibles and wounded places to evaporate. It’s about choosing and stepping into love now, exhaling, resting, as we are – without waiting another moment.
When we come home to ourselves, we take back every last piece of ourselves we have shamed into the closet. We become our own allies and best friends – imperfect and lovable as we are. We dare to trust our voice – vulnerable, clear, and courageous – to guide us in our relationships, and to speak our truth with heart, even when it’s scary. We dare to let ourselves matter – starting here, starting within.
When we come home to ourselves, a new world arises, within and without.
At Coming Home, you will learn to:
<3 Stand as your own best friend. Come home to yourself – identifying the habitual patterns of thought and action that keep you from standing by your own side, in the times that you need it the most.
<3 Speak up with honesty and kindness. Come home inside your relationships – find the courage and the skills to speak your truth alongside your kindness, your honesty alongside your vulnerability.
<3 Fall in love with the whole dang world, starting within. Come home within our broken world – clearing the barriers to us stepping into our roles as the fierce-lovers-of-life and catalysts of social change and collective healing that our essential, undefended selves call for.
$447-597, sliding scale, includes lodging and three delicious, healthy, organic meals served daily.
Payment plans available if needed.
Zazen Retreat Center is located in the Mendocino Highlands, near to Orr Hot Springs and Montgomery State Redwood Forest, about 2 hours north of San Francisco by car.
For more info, visit www.zazensfretreat.com
The retreat will draw largely upon practices from Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and offer a workshop format - brief teaching pieces followed by participatory exercises to learn and integrate. At times we'll be in the large group, other times in small groups, and other times with just one other person. You are always at choice as to whether and in what to participate.
We will gather for dinner on Friday evening, followed by an opening circle and introductory session. Saturday, we will meet from 10am-1pm, and 3-6pm. In the evening, participants will have the opportunity to offer and participate in student-led teachings/practices/games of their choosing, visit and soak at Orr Hot Springs, just 20 minutes down the road, or otherwise enjoy some down time.
Sunday, we will gather again from 10am-1pm, and have our closing circle from 2-4pm.
All meals will be served on site.
About the Facilitator
Marina Smerling is a counselor and communication trainer who is deeply committed to our evolution through the composting of shame into radical self-love. A former attorney, Marina draws upon a decade of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), nondual spiritual practice, and the Hakomi Method to counsel women in not just surviving, but thriving in their lives and relationships. Marina supports women in choosing love now, without waiting for the perfect relationship, career, or end of the mile-long to-do list... granting themselves permission to breathe and relax and to be treated with kindness just as they are, gloriously human and imperfect. Her work supports women in mustering the courage -- and the skills -- to foster healthy, alive, honest relationships.
Contact Marina at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-855-EMPATHY.
All self-identified women are welcome, queer or straight, cisgender or trans alike.