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Paula Hirschboeck Weekend: Re-Volution and "The Great Turning"

Paula Hirschboeck weekend September 9-10, 2022

We are alive at the tipping point of an Earth emergency—and an Earth emergence. A “Great Turning” into a wiser, kinder human species is urgent. It is also already happening.  The magnificent, creative energies of the Universe are already and always moving through us.

In this retreat, you will discover ten energies (or “powers,” according to cosmologist Brian Swimme) of the Universe within yourself. Practicing these ten energies of the Universe—such as “emergence,” “allurement” and “synergy”—empowers us to pivot into our awakening. We can embody each of these simple practices using meditation, journaling, dialogue, time in nature, and imagination. 

The foundation of these evolutionary practices is the Circle or “Via” of awakening of two 13th century teachers, Zen ancestor Eihei Dogen and Dominican Meister Eckhart. Their vision for the “Great Turning” is also seen in the work of contemporary author and wisdom elder, Joanna Macy.

Pivoting toward a viable future cannot be determined by world leaders. Creative energies for awakening gain momentum from the personal choices we make now. Join the Re-volution!

Friday, September 9, to Saturday, September 10, 2022. The retreat begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and concludes at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Cost of $195 includes a nonrefundable $75 deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to "Siena Retreat Center". Payment must be received to complete registration.

Please register by Monday, August 29. By registering early, you assist us in providing quality organization and administration of our retreats and programs. We want to be fully prepared for your arrival with adequate staffing, supplies, room arrangements, and meals. We make every effort to avoid canceling retreats and programs. However, most of these events require a minimum enrollment to move forward. Registering early can help assure that the retreats and programming you look forward to participating in can happen.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

Paula Hirschboeck is the founder and guiding teacher of Sophia Zen Women's Sangha in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a retired Professor of Philosophy at Edgewood College in Madison and co-founded the College’s Environmental Studies Program and a Madison interfaith spirituality center called “Wisdom’s Well.” In the mid-1990s, she began formal Zen Buddhist training with Sojun Diane Martin, founder of Udumbara Zen Center. Paula was ordained in 2010 and received Dharma transmission in 2016. Paula is the author of Turning and Being Turned: A Zen Circle of Practice Realization and teaches Soto Zen Buddhism in the context of cosmology described by Brian Swimme.

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