Are you a woman practicing in an organized contemplative spiritual tradition? Are you interested in meeting other contemplatives from across faith groups and exchanging over experiences as women on a spiritual path?
The #metoo movement has spurred conversations across the world about gender and agency in workplaces, schools, and spiritual communities. Past experiences are revisited with new perspectives, and it feels possible to shift long-standing cultural norms towards better access and relations, and better understanding overall of human dignity and potential.
We would like to invite you to join together for an evening hosted by Shambhala Utrecht to explore our experiences as practicing women contemplatives at this particular moment in time.
We will practice quiet sitting, followed by a facilitated discussion about our experiences within and without our practice institutions and how we see ourselves and our paths in relation to these structures and the teachings they hold.
Women and female-identified from any spiritual tradition are welcomed and encouraged. We aspire to collaboratively create a safe space for exploration and fellowship.
Guided in English, with some limited ability to facilitate het Nederlands taal vertalen.
Price: pay what you can. Suggested amount is €5 to support our space rental. No one will be turned away for financial limitations.
About your hosts:
Susan Jenkins has been a meditation practitioner since 1997 and Shambhala meditation instructor/teacher since 2007. She grew up in an Episcopal (Anglican) and Quaker family. She lives and works in Utrecht as an artist and hails from New York and Philadelphia.
Milene Francisca is Coordinator of the Shambhala Meditation Group Utrecht and the mother of two beautiful daughters. She volunteers weekly with the elderly and is an ambassador for her Dichterswijk neighborhood.
Shambhala was founded in the west by the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa in the early 1970’s. Today, the global Shambhala network brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our own minds, transforming our experience, and awakening the potential for enlightened society.
Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.