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Daylong Retreat with Dawn Haney

  • June 08, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Durango Dharma Center


We wholeheartedly welcome students from all financial backgrounds. We invite you to pay at the highest level that you can afford so that the Dharma Center can continue to offer these teachings to all who seek them. If you would like to pay at a different level than is offered here, please contact Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084.
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Ally Your Heart

A Noble Path for Community, Intimacy, and Peace


Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

As the chaos of the world thickens—climate change, hate-inspired shootings, increased conflict—we make peace not by avoiding tension, but by turning toward our difficulties and strengthening our liberation practices. How do we show up with presence and compassion for everyone in our communities, including ourselves? How do we ally our hearts with people who have both similar and different experiences?

During this daylong retreat, we will explore mindfulness and the Buddha’s teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path through meditation, dharma reflections, and relational practices, such as small-group sharing. This daylong is suitable for both beginning meditators and those who have practiced for many years. 

During our time together, we will also explore how we can become mindful of our own conditioned responses in community. How do we foster intimacy by leaning into realness, vulnerability, and conflict? How do we recognize and repair historical traumas and build communities of belonging that offer reconciliation and refuge? The Buddha’s guidance on ethics, meditation, and wisdom can nourish our community practice for liberation. 

COST: The cost of the retreat is on a sliding scale of $25-$45. Scholarships are readily available. You may choose to pay $12 or $0 through our online system. If you wish to pay another amount, please contact Terry Leonard at 50tleonard@gmail.com or 970-799-0084. We invite you to pay at the highest level you can afford so that all who seek the teachings may participate. 

Registration fees support the Durango Dharma Center. This retreat is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. At the end of the retreat there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to Dawn Haney.

VENUE: Durango Dharma Center, 1800 East 3rd Avenue, Suite 109

REGISTER: Register online—please see upper left corner of this page. 

ABOUT DAWN HANEY: A former Durango resident, Dawn Haney is now the co-director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in the Bay Area. Since joining the BPF team in July 2011, Dawn has been the organization's architect for change, strengthening Buddhist-informed activism in social movements from Occupy to racial and environmental justice. 

During her previous tenure as executive director of Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango, her proudest achievements included reaching ambitious fundraising goals to expand services for survivors and build a new community organizing program focused on building power in immigrant communities to fight sexual violence. She has also brought her Masters in Public Health to work at Human Impact Partners, supporting their organizational shift to bring the power of public health to social movements.

After years of reading Buddhists like Pema Chödron and Thich Nhat Hanh, Dawn’s social justice work brought her to the meditation cushion with a desire to be stronger and more resilient in her work to heal trauma and oppression. Dawn is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders training program, and serves as a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California.


Durango Dharma Center • 1800 E. Third Ave. • P.O. Box 1631 • Durango, CO 81302