Posted by Will on March 31st, 2010
Meditation Practice Day – Zen Peacemaker Circle for People With Extreme States / Experience of Psychosis – Everyone Welcome
Join Ed Daigu Knight and Will Hall for a day of sitting and walking meditation and contemplation practice — especially for people who have had extreme states of consciousness diagnosed as psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia, and other labels. Everyone is welcome.
How are “crazy” minds also part of the spiritual path? Is there wisdom in our madness? Meditation can show us the true nature of our minds. Join us as we embrace the depths of who we are and honor what we have been through as survivors of extreme states of consciousness.
The day will consist of sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks led by Ed Daigu Knight, and group reflection. Our location is the beautiful Grotto Retreat in Portland, a wonderful place to begin the spring. Chairs are available.
Be part of this historic event. No meditation practice day has ever been offered especially for people who have experienced psychosis. (Many retreats do not welcome people such as us.) So join us for this innovative opportunity to affirm our paths as meditators.
Saturday, April 10, 10 AM – 3 PM
$50 donation – deli lunch included (no one turned away for lack of funds)
The Grotto Conference Center 8840 NE Skidmore, Portland, Oregon 97294
Pre-registration is optional, but we recommend it to hold your place. Contact: Portland Hearing Voices – portlandhearingvoices(at)gmail.com, 413-210-2803, www.portlandhearingvoices.net
Ed Daigu Knight is dually labeled with “schizophrenia” and alcoholism, the Steward of The Healing Circle, a Zen Peacemaker Circle, and a Senior in the Buddhist Zen Peacemaker Sangha. A widely recognized researcher and teacher in “mental illness” recovery and mutual support, Ed is Vice President of Recovery, Rehabilitation and Mutual Support at ValueOptions, as well as a mentor in the Prison Dharma Network. More are Ed at www.professored.com
Will Hall is labeled with “schizophrenia” and his advocacy work includes Portland Hearing Voices, Mental Disability Rights International, The Icarus Project, and hosting Madness Radio, heard on KBOO FM. A longtime meditator and yoga practitioner, Will is currently studying Process Oriented Psychology. Will was featured in the Newsweek magazine article “Listening to Madness.” More about Will at www.willhall.net
About Portland Hearing Voices: Founded by schizophrenia survivor Will Hall, Portland Hearing Voices organizes support groups, educational events, holistic alternatives, training, and counseling resources for people who experience voices, extreme states, visions, and different realities often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. (Fiscally sponsored by Mental Health Association of Portland.) www.portlandhearingvoices.net.