• Leslie Booker
    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma + Embodied Wisdom + Activism. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, Mindfulness in America, and Omega Institute’s Mindfulness in Education conferences, along with other pioneers in the mindfulness field such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Linda Lantieri, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Booker has been a featured speaker and facilitator at the Fetzer Institute, Vassar and Pitzer Colleges, as well as with the Peace Corps and Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia.

    She began sharing practice with vulnerable populations in 2005, and was a senior teacher and Director of Teacher Trainings with Lineage Project, where she worked with incarcerated and vulnerable youth for ten years. During this time, she also facilitated a mindfulness and cognitive-based therapy intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009-2011, a partnership between New York University and the National Institute of Health.

    She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg’s book Happiness at Work. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s four year Retreat Teacher Training in 2020.

Hosting Institution

Copper Beech Institute
West Hartford, Connecticut

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Jan 08 2021 - Jan 10 2021


Eastern Time
5:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Finding Your Ground

This offering will be held Online

Finding Your Ground: A Weekend Vipassana and Embodied Wisdom Retreat

Location: Copper Beech Institute 303 Tunxis Road West Hartford, CT, 06107  -> Map

Starts: January 08, 2021 05:00 PM

Ends: January 10, 2021 01:00 PM

In the midst of grief and loss, how do we find a sense of steadiness, balance, and hope? In this weekend retreat, we’ll explore ways to find our ground again through wisdom and heart practices, and embodied wisdom practices to root the nervous system and discover stillness. Each day will include periods of gentle guided yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying-down meditation instruction and practice, and dharma reflections and discussion.

We will learn and explore the practice Vipassana meditation through the four postures of sitting, standing, walking, and lying down. We will move towards cultivating a more kind and loving relationship to our bodies through embodied wisdom practices that are rooted in trauma-informed and accessibility practices. We’ll explore regulating the nervous system through using all of the sense doors that are accessible to us. We’ll develop how to have an understanding of how to liberate the heart and mind, to live a life with more ease. We will leave this retreat with an understanding of how, to carry these practices into our daily lives.

This retreat will be held in noble silence during the morning practice periods, opening up into relational practices in the afternoons. Noble silence and the five precepts for ethical conduct (protecting life, generosity, mindful of speech, protecting the sexuality of self and others, and freeing ourselves of intoxicants that cloud the heart and mind), will be observed to support this practice-based weekend. This retreat is open to folks at all levels and will culminate with a sense of connection to ourselves and each other. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move and sit in.