Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Insight Community of the Desert Meditation Center 
1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Bldg. C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Stephen Pickard 
Insight Community of the Desert 

Cultivating Joy as a Practice: A Daylong Retreat for LGBTQI and Gender Fluid 

Neurologists, psychologists and even medical doctors now acknowledge that the energies of appreciation, joy and gratitude are key elements for sustaining good health and happiness. Buddhism has many practices that contribute to this well being and in particular is the cultivation of joy and appreciation. We don't have to be any different than we are, nor improve ourselves to appreciate what is already living inside of us. This day will be dedicated to five of the eleven traditional practices of cultivating appreciation and joy.

There will be guided mindfulness and joy meditations, time for group inquiry and a dharma talk. This day welcomes beginners and senior practioners from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex,  and Gender Fluid community. 

About Arinna Weisman

 Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great teacher U Bha Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism; American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.

Her dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community.  She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

To learn more about Arinna's work, you can visit her website at:  www.arinnaweisman.org