The Whole of Life is What We Do, 1-day retreat with Laura O’Loughlin, Sep 16

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The retreat will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Please note that meditation instruction still occurs at 9 a.m., but there will be no public program after that. 

Wholehearted Activity: The Whole of Life is What We Do

During this one-day retreat we will be practicing and sitting with allowing the whole of life to manifest as what we do. In our lives we can so easily fall into the tasks of our day with a rushed and fragmented mind cut off from deeply lived being. Leaping forward to the next thing, we too often lose touch with the very bodies actively engaging this moment. This can leave us at day’s end with a mind feeling splintered, burned up and lacking any connection to the sacred vitality at the base of all knowing.

Being the whole of the body is being the whole of the mind. Not living this withers us, while living this is Buddha in every moment, free of suffering and harm. Please join us for this day of manifesting the Buddhadharma in sangha together.

During this retreat, we will alternate sitting meditation with times for reflection and wholehearted activity as a way to support resting in each moment of this unfolding life.

Retreat cost: Sustaining $90 / Base $75 / Members $45

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.

Registration closes September 11 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to register.

Partial scholarships are available for retreats such as this one. To apply for a scholarship, please use this link and wait for approval before registration. Scholarship applications are due by September 8 at 11.59 p.m.

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 co-founder and lay 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.

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