Day of Practice: Saturday, July 17

7-10am PDT / 10am-1pm EDT / 3-6pm BST / 4-7pm CEST

With Leslie Booker

Theme – Cultivating Intimacy with our Emotional Lives

Being present to the depth and breadth of our emotional life is needed for us to understand and feel into the fullness of this human form. And so often, we can feel ostracized and alone when we feel or express anything other than happiness and contentment; as if having an emotional life is a personal failing, or that we are broken.

In this Day of Practice, we will acknowledge and turn towards the strain on our mental health coming out of this past year and a half, as a collective. We’ll practice cultivating a more kind and loving relationship to ourselves by inviting embodied wisdom practices in, in order to liberate the heart and mind and live a life with more ease.

This retreat is open to folks at all levels, and will culminate with a sense of connection to ourselves and each other.

*Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move and sit in, and create an environment in your home that you can engage in this retreat with ease.

There will be an invitation to explore and embody the five precepts of ethical conduct to support this home practice-based day:

  • Protecting life
  • Generosity
  • Protecting the sexuality of self and others
  • Mindfulness of speech
  • Freeing ourselves of intoxicants that cloud the heart and mind

What is Day of Practice?

Sangha Live’s 3-hour, LIVE Day of Practice allows for you to drop in deeper, develop your meditation skills, and reset your intentions through sustained sitting.

Days of Practice includes longer periods of meditation, interspersed with wise teachings, an interactive Q&A with our teacher, and more.

How is Day of Practice different from Sangha Live’s Daily/Sunday classes?

Day Of Practice

Our shorter Daily Meditation (60 mins) and Sunday Sangha (90 mins) programs emphasize dharma teachings, while our longer Days of Practice (3 hours) emphasize development of meditation practice.

Daily practice is crucial for watering seeds of mindfulness, but extended periods of deep attention such as these, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, can be uniquely fruitful.

How do I prepare?

If you’ll be using an iPad or iPhone to join us, you’ll need to download the free Crowdcast app in advance. On any other device, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browsers for best functionality.

Keep an eye out for our “HOW TO JOIN” email, which includes your personal access link, sent the day prior to the event.

You will want to prepare a space to sit comfortably and quietly for the three-hour duration. During meditation, you will be encouraged to sit up straight or lie down flat for extended periods. Please make yourself comfortable with supportive props.

You may want to keep a glass of water or cup of tea nearby. There will be a break for bio needs.

I can’t attend live. Will I be able to watch the recording later?

Yes, everyone who registers will have indefinite access to the recording, via the same link you use to join.

Generosity

Day of Practice is offered on a sliding scale basis, with a suggested rate of $35, in order to cover Sangha Live administrative costs. There will be opportunity to provide dana/generosity during the event.

Your generosity supports the teacher and their transmission of the Dharma, as well as our meditators with fewer means.

Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or inquiries by emailing us at info@sangha.live.

About Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Liberation. She shares her expertise nationally on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care.

She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and contributed to Sharon Salzberg’s book ‘Happiness at Work’. In 2020 she was invited in as Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement. She is currently based in Philadelphia.

Booker continues to be inspired to hold folks along their journey to find a sense of freedom and liberation within a world that is burdened by greed, hatred, and delusion.

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