Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice, Jan 28 & Feb 4

Event Details

This event finished on 04 February 2018

Reconnecting to Our Bodies, Reconnecting to Nature: Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice

Sunday, January 28th, & Sunday, February 4th, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

A two daylong retreat for practitioners who identify or are identified as female. This event 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.

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.

Join us for these two daylong retreat at BZC where 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.

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

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 to this retreat are now closed. If you are selected to attend this offering, you will receive an email invitation to register by January 7th.

Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. If you are selected to attend this offering and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please use this link. Scholarship applications are due by January 15th at 11:59 p.m.

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

A vegetarian lunch will be served.

CHILDCARE: The program space will be open to infants, toddlers and their caregivers attending the daylongs. 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 

Laura O’Loughlin is co-founder and lay dharma teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center. 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 

Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher and transformational coach. She began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago as an undergrad at McGill University where she received a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. Sebene is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL4) program at Spirit Rock and is training as a retreat teacher with Thanissara and Kittisaro. She is the former Executive Director of New York Insight Meditation Center and serves on the board of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and on the Leadership Council of the Sacred Mountain Sangha. Sebene is passionate about making the dharma accessible and relevant for our times and teaches regularly in New York City and nationally.


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. 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