Open Heart Retreat
April 5–8, 2013
One could say that the point of spiritual practice is to open one’s heart. Yet this is so difficult for everyone. It is easier to study gentleness and courage than it is to practice them. During this program, we will examine what keeps our hearts closed – in relationships, towards life, and most of all, toward ourselves. Join Shambhala teacher and founder of the Open Heart Project, Susan Piver, for a weekend of meditation practices, journaling, small group dialogue and an exploration of ways we can bring our raw and tender hearts home to the world of family, politics, work, and love.
Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her latest book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation.
Piver has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2005.
She teaches workshops and speaks all over the world on meditation, spirituality, communication styles, relationships and creativity. She wrote the relationships column for body + soul magazine, and is a frequent guest on network television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and CNN. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Parade, Money, and others.
In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with more than 20,000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness and fearlessness to everyday life.
Financial aid is available for this program.