Berkeley Law Meditation Retreat
October 12 at Deer Run Zendo
Corte Madera, CA
We invite members of the Berkeley Law community to join us for a day-long retreat at Deer Run Zendo, a beautiful retreat facility that is secluded and serene, yet located a short drive from Berkeley in Marin County. Our goal is to create a supportive space where students, faculty, staff, and their families can step away from the busyness of the law school life to and spend a day in meditative presence. Whether you are new to meditation or a "regular," we hope you will join us!
Thanks to the generosity of Gordon Johnson, owner of Deer Run Zendo and a Berkeley Law alum, the retreat is offered at no cost. The program runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is followed by an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant. Registration for the retreat will open in early September.
Some logistical details:
Retreat program: The retreat will include periods of silence and mindful discussion. The program consists of a mix of walking, sitting and moving meditation exercises, with brief periods of mindful discussion and breaks for lunch. The exercises are drawn from a few different meditation traditions, and are presented in a secular, non-sectarian way. It is not necessary to have any prior meditation experience to participate, and we encourage experienced meditators to approach the weekend with a "beginner's mind." The primary moving practice we do is Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese energy practice. For an example of Qi Gong, please see this video.
Schedule: We ask that participants arrive at Deer Run Zendo between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. We will conclude the day promptly at 5 p.m.
Meals and accommodations: Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.
Teachers: The retreat will be led by Charlie Halpern, Director of the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law. Charlie has taught meditation and Qi Gong for more than 10 years. He teachers the popular seminar Effective and Sustainable Law Practice: The Meditative Practice at Berkeley Law, as well as an Introduction to Mindfulness in Law for 1Ls. He presents seminars and workshops on mindfulness in law throughout the year.
Cost & registration: The retreat is free, however registration is required and space is limited. Priority will be given to students, faculty and staff. We also welcome family members and significant others. To register, please click here.
Location & transportation: The address for Deer Run Zendo is 35 Deer Run, Corte Madera 94925. We will arrange carsharing for those who wish to carpool. The drive from Berkeley usually takes about 40-45 minutes.