It feels like spring has taken forever to land in eastern Canada. But now the snow has (finally) melted, the grass is slowly turning green, and nature is starting to bloom.
There will be more than just buds and blossoms blooming in Toronto in a few weeks: mindfulness teacher Frank Jude Boccio will offer a special day-long urban retreat, Love in Full Bloom on May 24. This workshop is a fundraiser for New Leaf Yoga Foundation, who are committed to bringing yoga to at-risk youth in the Toronto area.
New Leaf and IAYB have teamed up to give away ONE spot in the workshop (valued at $80; does not include transportation to Toronto or accommodation). To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question: What inside you is blooming this spring?
Comment before 5pm, Monday, May 12 to enter. One name will be drawn at random and notified by email. All email entries will be added to the IAYB and New Leaf mailing lists (if you’d rather not be added, simply write OPT OUT at the end of your comment).
Although there is just one grand prize, in this giveaway everybody wins! New Leaf are also offering a discount for beloved IAYB readers. Guess what the code is? IAYB (of course!). Use this code when you make your purchase on the Eventbrite page and save $10.
More details about the workshop:
May 24, 2014
10am – 5pm
Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury St C2, Toronto, ON M6J 0A8
And what’s going to happen:
Our Day of Mindfulness is a kind of “mindfulness urban retreat” where we take the opportunity to set aside a full day in order to nourish and nurture ourselves and each other through mindful discussion, meditation practice, deep relaxation and sharing a meal together in noble silence.
The Four Immeasurables, what the buddha called “the liberation of the heart,” offer teachings and practices that can encourage and cultivate unconditional love and regard for all beings. Also known as the four brahma-viharas, the four qualities of friendliness (metta), compassion (karuna), joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha) are the qualities of true, authentic, and unconditional love. There is nothing sentimental about unconditional love; it can be a fiercely strong and courageous refusal to self-isolate through our conditioned reactivity and fear. The Four Immeasurables is the love of the bodhisattva-warrior. Such a love will demand of us that we go beyond all that limits our expression of love, compassion and joy in the midst of the “full catastrophe” of life.
And who is this Frank Jude Boccio guy:
Frank Jude Boccio is a certified yoga teacher and a teacher of Zen Buddhism. His eclectic approach is influenced by his study of a variety of yoga approaches and many years of dharma practice. His book, Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind is the first to apply the Buddha’s mindfulness meditation teachings to asana (physical yoga) practice. He recently contributed to a publication of essays on modern yoga practice, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. Based in Tucson, Arizona, he travels worldwide, leading workshops and retreats.