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11/12/21 - 11/14/21
12:00 am


The focus of this retreat is to engage wisdom poetry as spiritual guidance. It is therefore important that you have real experience of a sustained meditation/ contemplative practice to serve as a resource for the discussion and activities that will be shared by Zenju Osho.

The activities and conversations will be drawing from your source of insight through meditation practice, not just from your experience with writing or reading and enjoying poetry, it is very important that that is the case.

There will be no breakout rooms or affinity groups. But there will be exercises on mining wisdom/spiritual poetry. Examples of such poetry and prose is The Deepest Peace: Contemplations From A Season of Stillness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Dharma of Poetry: How Poems Can Deepen Your Spiritual Practice and Open You to Joy by John Brehm, plus any books by Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, Audre Lorde, Joy Harjo, Rumi, Rilke, Hafiz, Wendell Berry, David Whyte, John O’Donohue.

Please bring a poem that teaches liberation from within but without instructions.

Before you continue with your registration, please reflect and ensure that the following criteria reflect your interest and experience to participate in this retreat:

  • You have a current spiritual or meditation practice (this may include a daily or regular contemplative practice, attending meditation retreats, or working with a spiritual teacher.)

  • You understand that this retreat is not designed as a training or instruction in mindfulness practice and Zenju Osho will not be able to provide practice discussions for participants at this retreat. Visit  to see what other practice opportunities with Zenju Osho may be accessible to you.