Nature as Practice

with Rachel DeMotts

May 11th -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $50 Program Price
  • $75 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford (enter amount in registration)
How might a Buddhist view help deepen our relationship with the natural world? In a time of environmental degradation, how can we ground ourselves with a sense of place and not lose heart? This day together will offer the chance to experiment and explore what it means to think about, and practice with, nature through a Buddhist lens. 
We will sit and meditate a little. We'll contemplate a little. We'll talk a little. We'll explore a bit of poetry and sutra and writing about Buddhist ideas of nature. And we'll get outside, gray or shine, at least a little. The day will use different ways to engage both the idea and experience of nature as a way to connect to our surrounding environment and nurture its, and our our own, wisdom in the current moment. This time is a chance to play and to think and to consider both what we know, and what we forget, about our environment and our deep connections within it.
Open to all, no prior courses or meditation experience necessary.
About the teacher: 

Rachel DeMotts teaches in and directs the environmental policy program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Her courses consider climate change, national parks, endangered species, sacred ecology, gender and natural resource management, and related subjects. When conducting research, she works with rural communities in southern Africa in and near protected areas, conducting collaborative research on local livelihoods, conflicts with wildlife, women's use of forest resources, and impacts of tourism. 
Light breakfast will be offered at 8:30am. Lunch is on your own.  

Prerequisites: This program is open to everyone, and no previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price". Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us. For further details, see our Program Policies and FAQs page.

Questions? Please contact Sydney at [email protected].