Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness in our Time

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

June 9–11, 2017

Tuition $215 + 2 nights

We live in fearful times. Since the violent events of 9/11, we have seen the arising of the culture and politics of fear. This retreat will explore four distinct kinds of fear that are common to everyone’s experience and uncover a corresponding bravery in action. Through the practices of meditation, compassion and dialog we will find the deep source of courage within ourselves that allows us to see our own inherent goodness and the goodness of others and our communities. We will learn a step-by-step approach to engaging fear as a direct path of transformation with the aim of wise and joyful living, in deep harmony with others and the natural world.

  •  We will explore four types of fear – fear of ourselves, fear of others, fear of space, and fear of manifesting creatively – and the corresponding bravery that arises.
  • By engaging in meditative practices, we will experience the bravery of feeling our own vulnerability as human beings and cultivate fearlessness.
  • Extending ourselves to others– those like and unlike ourselves– involves daring, being brave enough to feel the fundamental goodness of others.
  • Through practices of embodied presence, compassion, and dialogue, we will discover the courage to manifest and catalyze the wisdom inherent in any group, organization, and community,

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is Core Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria. He is the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening (2016), and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He has led group retreats in mindfulness-awareness meditation for 40 years. He is an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. His essay “Buddhism and The Politics of Race” appeared in the collection Mindful Politics. His article “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in the series The Best Buddhist Writing.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.