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ODC Summer Day Retreat on August 7, 2022

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Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022 Time: 9 AM to 4:30 PM Where: A large, beautiful, indoor retreat space located in the country near Fair Grove. We joyfully offer this retreat at no cost. Donations are welcome, of course.  This meditation retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners of any tradition, including secular and non-Buddhist. For those who have not experienced a group retreat or day-long sit, this will be a gentle yet potent introduction. This is a day-long retreat with scheduled group practice sessions and breaks in the shrine room. There will also be time for individual practice outdoors, either sitting or aimless wandering. It will be a silent retreat, to allow our minds to settle over the course of the day. This is an opportunity to set aside our everyday distractions, settle into a retreat container, and explore our meditation practice at a deeper level.  What to Bring:  Ozarks Dharma Community will provide cushions, mats, blankets and chairs for those who need them

Course: An Introduction to Social Meditation

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What: An Introduction to Social Meditation Course  When: Thursday evenings, 7 PM  Dates: July 7 to August 4, 2022  Where: National Avenue Christian Church, parlor  Over the five weeks of this course I will introduce some of the techniques of social meditation. Social meditation was originally created by Kenneth Folk as a more effective way to teach noting practice. It has been further developed by Kenneth Folk, Vincent Horn and other teachers working with Vincent into a robust and effective means of teaching and of sharing practice.  Social meditation acknowledges and takes advantage of the fact that we, as humans, are deeply social beings. When we gather together to meditate we are already using a type of social meditation. The difference is that in the formal technique of social meditation we meditate aloud in a structured manner. In the words of Vincent Horn we make what is implicit in group meditation explicit, using a word or phrase to share our meditation aloud.  Together we
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What:  Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course for women in midlife of all experience levels offered by Janet Rock, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher When: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022 Time: 6:30 to 7:30 AM CDT via Zoom Each class will include instruction on mindfulness meditation skills with a guided practice and chance to share and ask questions. Topics include breath and body meditation, mindfulness of emotion, cultivating compassion, joy, and equanimity, and bringing mindfulness into everyday life. Reserve your seat or reach out with any questions: Janet Rock tesolrocket@gmail.com All classes and materials are freely offered.

5/22/22 Spring Day Group Meditation Retreat

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When: Sunday, May 22. 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM CDT Where: A large, beautiful retreat space located on a country property 30 minutes north of Springfield. Directions to the property and more details will be given when you RSVP via this form . We joyfully offer this retreat at no cost. Donations are welcome, of course, but not required. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners. For those who haven’t experienced a group retreat, this is a gentle, yet potent introduction. There will be periods of group practice in the shrine room, and also space and time for individual practice and walking meditation outside. It will be a silent retreat, to allow our minds to settle deeper over the course of the day. Participants are expected to stay the entire time, since leaving early disrupts the retreat container. We recommend bringing your personal cushion and mat, since there will be several sessions of sitting. ODC will also provide cushions, mats, and blankets to use. Chairs are

Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Springfield

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The James River Basin Partnership will be hosting their annual Earth Day cleanup on Friday April 22, 2022, from 12:30-5:00 at Lake Springfield. Volunteers may come anytime in that time frame, or stay and help for all of it! This is a FREE event open to anyone who would like to get out and make a difference in their community. Our group will be doing shoreline cleanup. Pre-registration is required, as there is a required waiver, so please be sure to sign up by contacting Jean Parker at jeanlws@gmail.com by April 1st. Partners for this event include Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation , The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services , Bass Pro Shops , and the Missouri Department of Conservation . Event Detail Summary When:  Friday, April 22, 2022, 12:30 to 5 PM Where:   Lake Springfield Registration: Required in advance to sign wavier. To volunteer with ODC, please email Jean Parker at jeanlws@gmail.com Photo credit: Springfield CVB

5-Week Introduction to Somatic Meditation Course

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ODC invites you to join us in a free, 5-week introduction to somatic meditation Course Description Our body, or soma, offers direct access to our true nature, or higher self. The soma also holds our unresolved issues and traumas, which can block that access. These manifest as physical tension, emotional distress, and disease. Using the breath-work and visualization practices presented in this course, we develop an intimate and ever-deepening relationship with our soma, increasing our connection to our innate wisdom and creativity. This course is experiential in nature, using guided meditations. It is suitable for all levels of practitioners of any tradition, including secular and non-Buddhist. For novices, it provides a solid foundation on which to develop a meditation practice. Advanced practitioners will learn skillful methods to enhance their existing practice.  Participants are required to attend the first session. About the Facilitator Kevin McNerney has been exploring s