retreat? more like attack

After training at University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in April, I’m now a qualified MBSR teacher. I’ve had the great good fortune to spend time since then on silent retreat, allowing me space and time to reflect and absorb.

I attended Insight Meditation Community of Washington‘s week-long Intimacy with Life retreat with Tara Brach, La Sarmiento, Kate Johnson and Jonathan Foust. When we broke silence at the end of the week, one of the participants shared that the week had felt more like an attack than a retreat. Silence can really feel like that, total attack. It can also be a space for bliss, for anything. Spaciousness can hold everything.

I’m only home for another week or so before I’m off to Barre, Massachusetts for the PoC Retreat at Insight Meditation Center. I’m VERY EXCITED about this opportunity to sit a whole retreat in community with friends and family. Less attack maybe, more retreat.

QTPOC Meditation 4/26

Awaken into spring!

On Friday April 26th from 7-9 pm at the Interdependence Project, 28 West 27th Street #704 Ashleigh Eubanks & I will be guiding a meditation and mindful movement practice for QTPOC. Join us!

This event is hosted collaboratively by NYCPOC Healing Circle and Rest for Resistance. The space is wheelchair-accessible, but the bathrooms are not.

your guides, Betsy & Ashleigh

Community Care Day 1/18/19

Audre Lorde

Join me at The Audre Lorde Project’s Community Care Day at The People’s Forum 320 W. 37th St, New York, NY 10018 this Friday January 18th from 6-9 pm.

Event info from ALP:

Community Care Day is an evening event where we are inviting folks to join us in deepening our collective community care. We will build together by sharing food, getting to know each other and sharing care and healing strategies. 

Join the 3rd Space Program! We will be offering workshops that will teach you different ways to care for yourself and others, get some healing from our body and energy work practitioners and get some grub, community, laughter and love! 

Sharing space is healing, holding space for each other and having a place to go to where you can be your full self and uplifted is what we are creating – join us at Community Care Day – resilience happens through collective action, recognition and love. Come learn and share skills and resources, eat some food, make some art, and generate joy.

This is a time to be still, be loving, be cared for and caring. Resilience requires community Come to ALP’s Community Care Day! This event is by and for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming folks who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. 

The 3rd Space Program is made up of community members who identify and are invested in sustainable care for our people that is centered in a deep, loving and radical sense of community, that moves away from the isolation and disposability that medical institutions and capitalism impose on us and instead uplifts and creates the strategies within us and from our lineage that have kept us thriving and resilient as black and indigenous, people of color, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folx.

The Sanctuary Caravan

The New Sanctuary Coalition is offering intensive trainings tomorrow, December 1, both in person in New York City and via livestream to support the Sanctuary Caravan.

From the Sanctuary Caravan,
“We regard this Exodus and the Caravan we are building to meet the Exodus as an act of nonviolent resistance against morally abhorrent laws which infringe upon the rights of human beings to better the lives of their children and families.

We believe the imprisonment, deportation and mistreatment of people, because of where they were born, to be the greatest moral crisis of our time.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence of Mexican and U.S. authorities waged and threatened against this movement of people engaged in self-liberation.

The violence they are fleeing has been inherited from U.S. imperialism, and the political pressure the U.S. places upon Mexico to treat the Exodus with violence constitutes colonialism.

Restrictions on migration have ruined and ended too many lives.

Borders are used as weapons of mass destruction. Their brutality escalates, not only because brutal force control the law, but because not enough good people resist them.”

Join us, even if you’re not able to travel to the border.  For details and to RSVP, visit: https://www.sanctuarycaravan.org/upcoming_events.

instinct for cooperation

I’m so excited to see the library immortalized in The Instinct for Cooperation: A graphic novel conversation with Noam Chomsky & Jeffrey Wilson, just out from Seven Stories Press. Illustrated by Eliseu Gouveia.

Jamie & Zachary are featured in one of the chapters about the library – they were heroes to me before, but now, illustrated, even more so!

“Incidentally the power structures were very worried about the library.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

half-day meditation retreat 5/6/18

Leslie Joren Wagner & I will be co-leading a Half-day Meditation Retreat at The Interdependence Project on Sunday May 6th from 9 am – 1 pm.

Designed for new meditators, people who want to sit for a longer period of time without attending a full retreat, and more experienced meditators who want an opportunity to cultivate their practice, the day will alternate between periods of sitting and walking meditation. All are welcome.

The Interdependence Project is located at 28 W. 27th Street, Suite 704, New York City.
The venue is accessible by elevator, but the bathrooms are not accessible by wheelchair.

Details and registration available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/05/06/half-day-meditation-retreat

so much love

I’m so grateful for everyone who came out on Friday to create such an amazing space of healing and community.

There was a lot of excitement about future offerings. We’ll be sending information directly to everyone who signed up for our list, you can also follow NYC POC Healing Circle on Instagram @nycpochealingcircle and on Facebook.

Deepest thanks to the anonymous benefactor who generously offered us use of such a beautiful space.

POC meditation: venue change

The venue for our 4/20 POC meditation & mindful movement practice has been changed.

Please join us in this intentional space of healing for people of color from 7-9 pm at Shambhala Hall 118 W. 22nd Street #6A, NYC.

$5-10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Bring your own yoga mat.

facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/160900077889522

POC meditation

Join facilitators Maui Villapando, Ashleigh Eubanks & Betsy Fagin April 20th from 7-9 pm at
28 W. 27th Street Suite 704 NYC
for an evening of meditation and mindful movement.

Attending directly to the experiences of People of Color (POC) who daily inhabit the intersections of multiple oppressions, this will be a POC-only space.

Our practice involves periods of seated meditation, walking meditation and a gentle yoga sequence with modifications. Bring your own yoga mat.

The space has elevator access, but bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

Suggested donation $5-$10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.