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Alchemy of Movement & Mindfulness, IMC-Charlottesville, VA

March 22, 2018toMarch 25, 2018

Pat Coffey and I will offer a long-weekend retreat at Serenity Ridge, sponsored by Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, entitled:

Exploring the Alchemy of Movement & Mindfulness

This retreat combines poetic expression through body movement with the foundational practices of mindfulness. In our time together, alternating sitting and walking meditation, we move to music and sound to create energetic aliveness that interrupts mental defenses and supports greater harmony both internally and externally. The arc of this retreat is alchemy: an enlivened exploration of what it means to be human and to feel joyfully connected to all of creation. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and seasoned practitioners, as full practice instructions will be offered.

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Pat and I have taught several retreats together through Insight Meditation Community of Washington, the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, and I have taught the Mindful of Race training program to his leadership sangha team and throughout the Charlottesville community as a bridging separation initiative.

Pat Coffey, MEd, began his meditation practice over 30 years ago and has taught meditation since 1996. He studied with numerous Asian and Western teachers in the Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen traditions. Pat is founder of IMCC, co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, and co-founder of the Blue Ridge Prison Project. Pat was selected and trained as a meditation teacher in the joint teacher training program of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center under the tutelage of Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Down-to-earth, real-world, practical dharma is the hallmark of his teaching. The father of two children, owner of several businesses, and holder of several patents, he draws on his varied and rich life experience to articulate the dharma.