Enlivening our Everyday Life: 1-day wholehearted activity retreat with Laura O’Loughlin, Oct 20


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

Wholehearted Activity Retreat: Enlivening our Everyday Life

Whether washing dishes, commuting, or sitting in meetings, unconscious karmic habits often drive the way we engage with the routine activities of our lives. Negative karmic conditioning driven by a sense of separation can result in feelings of alienation, tension, anxiety or boredom with what we are doing.

Through sitting, mindful activity and dialogue, we will study the habitual patterns we bring to activity and practice ways to support a more intimate, embodied, joyful connection with our moment to moment experience.

Retreat participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.


Retreat cost: Sustaining $80 / Base $65 / Members $40 (for at least 3 months)

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 October 18 at 11:59 pm. 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 October 15 at midnight.

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 (BZC), as well as its co-founder. Before she began training with Teah Strozer, Laura was a student of Darlene Cohen’s. She is also 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 and address developmental and societal trauma. 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. In her current work, Laura is interested in how trauma modalities can support our collective healing from histories of racist and patriarchal violence. Laura co-facilitates the undoing whiteness group at BZC and leads retreats exploring patriarchal trauma and affirming the sacred feminine.


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 info@brooklynzen.org.