Healing our Broken Hearts - An Online Retreat with Terry Ray
Time & Location
About the Event
Deep within us all, there resides an unchangeable core that is pure love. For many, this place gets covered up with layers of life’s challenge and losses. It feels “broken,” but it isn’t. In this retreat we will focus on reconnecting with that core, already inside each one of us, and available no matter what our life circumstance.
A remarkable number of people, many of whom are on the spiritual path, are longing for more love in their lives. Our hearts are naturally open, tender and vulnerable; yet over the course of our lifetime they close down – in response to pain: physical pain, change, loss, and grief.
In this vipassana meditation retreat we will focus on reconnecting with a place, already in each one of us, that is completely pure and full of love. This place remains intact, even when it is covered up or hidden by life’s challenges (when it feels “broken”). This pure, loving heart doesn’t have anything to do with the story of our lives or what is happening; it is far beyond our story and even beyond words. It is available whatever our circumstances happen to be.
This weekend, offered to beginners as well as more advanced practitioners, will guide us to open to this love – the love that we are all longing for that is here just waiting for us to open to it.
Terry Ray is a licensed psychotherapist certified in EMDR, TFT and EFT and is in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Terry began practicing Vipassana Meditation at Naropa Institute in 1974, with Joseph Goldstein. She has been practicing and teaching meditation and yoga since the 1970s. She completed the Community Dharma Leader's program at Spirit Rock in 1998. Terry is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado, and has served as a member of their Board for more than 15 years.
She has also studied intensively with Charlotte Selver in Sensory Awareness since 1975 and was certified by Charlotte to lead the work of Sensory Awareness, a body-centered mindfulness practice. She has served two terms as President of the Sensory Awareness Leader’s Guild, and has been a member of the Sensory Awareness Foundation Board of Directors. (Sensory awareness practices will be included in this retreat.)
Terry leads residential, non-residential and backpacking retreats throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including annual teaching engagements at Flowering Lotus, where she is one of our most popular and beloved teachers. She is the author of Embodied Presence, A Spiritual Memoir. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the retreat.
Terry’s method is gentle yet powerful and focuses on waking up to one’s innate wisdom through simple mindfulness practice. Her deep respect for the integrity of the individual offers a safe and nurturing environment for healing and growth.
Website & Links
Terry’s article on Sensory Awareness, “What Touched Me First”:
Because each of our personal situations is unique, our ability to participate in an online retreat from home will vary. For someone who is employed outside the home and has children and family at home, it might not be possible to participate in every session of the weekend’s schedule. A detailed retreat schedule is available below so that you can schedule your participation in the way that best accommodates your availability.
Repairing our Broken Hearts
An On-Line Retreat with Terry Ray
February 12 – 14, 2001
(All times are Central Time Zone)
Friday February 12
6:30 – 7:15 pm Opening
7:15 – 8:30 pm Meditation Instruction and Practice
8:30 – 9:00 pm Guided Metta Meditation
Saturday February 13
9:30 – 10:15 am Instruction and Sitting Meditation
10:15 – 11:00 am Walking Meditation
11:00 – 11:30 am Sitting Meditation
11:30 – 12:00 n Sensory Awareness
12:00 – 12:30 pm Questions/Discussion
12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch and Rest
2:00 – 2:30 pm Sitting Meditation
2:30 - 3:00 pm Walking Meditation
3:00 – 4:00 pm Dharma Talk
4:00 – 4:30 pm Walking Meditation
4:30 – 5:00 pm Writing / Reflecting
5:00 – 5:30 pm Optional Breakout Groups
5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner and Personal Time
7:00 – 7:30 pm Questions
7:30 - 8:30 pm Sitting Meditation and Metta
Sunday February 14
9:30 – 10:15 am Instruction and Sitting Meditation
10:15 – 10:45 am Metta Meditation
10:45 – 12:00 n Closing Session
If you have questions or need additional information about this retreat or other Flowering Lotus program offerings, please contact:
Beth Herzig, Retreat Director
We ask that you support Flowering Lotus and those whose needs are greater by registering at the highest level ($75, $50, $25) with which you’re comfortable.
All are welcome to participate, regardless of ability to pay. If you are unable to pay the minimum $25 registration, select “Scholarship”, and no payment will be required.
There will be an opportunity to make a dana* contribution in any amount, to Flowering Lotus and the teachers at the online event. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teacher; but also the Sangha (Flowering Lotus); the larger Dharma community; and, most importantly, your own practice.
Dana contributions to the teacher can best be made through her website: terryray.org/donations
If you prefer, you may donate via Zelle with the ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Dana is a Pali word that is generally translated “generosity.” We are taught to practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for services rendered – it is given from the heart. Dana is the first theme in the Buddha’s system of gradual training and the first of the three grounds for meritorious action.
- Terry Ray, February 2021$75$750$0
- Terry Ray, February 2021$50$500$0
- Terry Ray, February 2021$25$250$0