Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice, Feb 2 & 3

Event Details

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Saturday, February 2, & Sunday, February 3, 10am – 6pm

Audre Lorde described a deep knowing that touches into a “feminine plane” within each of us that she called the erotic. It is rooted in the senses and has a vital connection to the earth body and our individual and collective human bodies, regardless of gender. This way of knowing has been dismissed and even vilified in dominant culture, and women and gender nonconforming people in particular, have been devalued and oppressed for their connections to this wisdom.

In this two-day retreat we will use silent and relational practices in stillness and in movement to explore the impact of patriarchy on our bodies, minds and hearts and what it means to reclaim the feminine in our practice and in our sanghas.

This offering is for practitioners who identify or are identified as female. It is open to those who identify any number of gender identities and we will be exploring the traditionally feminized roles, identities, and forms within the history of the dharma. Please contact with more specific inquiries and we will connect you with the teachers.

You may apply to this event if you have attended the last Sacred Feminine retreat but priority will be given to those who have not yet participated.

The retreat is Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, beginning with Saturday morning practice, open to the public from 10am to 12:30pm, including a Dharma Talk at 11am. Unless you have a conflict and cannot attend the Saturday morning practice, please consider it to be a part of the retreat. There will not be a separate dharma talk offered Saturday.

COST: Sustaining: $250 Base: $200 Member: $150

Full attendance only for BOTH days; partial/split attendance is not permitted.

BZC offers retreats on a sliding scale basis to allow participants to pay according to individual means. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate, which directly supports inclusive community attendance on this retreat.

The registration for this offering is a two-step process: application, followed by an invitation to register. This application process is an intentional effort to establish and nourish a diverse participant group based on an equitable review process and not based on a typical first-to-register-and-pay process.

Applications for this offering are now closed.

Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. Scholarship applications for this offering are no longer being accepted.

A vegetarian lunch will be served on both days of the retreat.

CHILDCARE: The program space will be open to infants, toddlers and their caregivers attending the retreat. Separate childcare and space will be available for older children. Please see the application form and provide additional information if you require childcare for children 4 years old and older. Please note that pre–registration is required for childcare; please see the application form.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.

About Laura O’Loughlin

Laura O’Loughlin is a dharma teacher and senior lay practitioner at Brooklyn Zen Center, as well as its co-founder. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is currently a psychotherapist, affiliated with the Buddhist Psychotherapy Collective, with her own practice in Manhattan. As a clinician, Laura uses mindfulness and body-oriented practices to support healing and transformation. Before co-founding Brooklyn Zen Center, Laura had trained and lived in various Buddhist communities since 1997, including Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and San Francisco Zen Center. Laura was also Director of Austin Zen Center, where among other things she studied the interface between eastern and western psychologies. Laura received lay dharma entrustment from Teah Strozer in 2017.


About Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher, writer, coach and consultant. She began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large social justice and social change programs. Her work has taken her everywhere from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to East Harlem, NY, to refugee camps in Guinea. She is the former Executive Director of New York Insight Meditation Center and currently serves on the boards of both the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Sacred Mountain Sangha. Sebene is passionate about making the dharma accessible and relevant for our times and teaches regularly online, in New York City, and nationally. Sebene is a 3-time cancer survivor.

Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of around 20 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email in advance if you need access to the ramp. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at