Zen Meditation ~ A silent virtual retreat led by Michael J. Shea, PhD., August 8th, 2020

Zen Meditation for Self-Compassion and Fear Reduction
A silent virtual retreat led by Michael J. Shea, PhD


Saturday August 8, 12-3PM EST 


This retreat will focus on giving participants the skills necessary to decrease fear and anxiety in light of the increased suffering on the planet right now. Each day will involve a three hour practice session with instruction on three types of meditation practice to reduce fear and increase self-compassion. 

First, the basic practice of zazen or Zen sitting meditation will be the core of the practice that is taught. “Sit like a mountain, breath like a river.”
Second, there will be instruction on walking meditation, one step one breath. Third, there will be Instruction and practice with the Tibetan compassion meditation call Tonglen. Self-compassion is the core of the practice.
This is a silent retreat and each day at the end there will be time for questions and answers. Saturday’s practice and instruction will be repeated on Sunday.

This retreat will be held at the Native Yoga studio in Juno Beach with only eight participants allowed in the room because of the current hygiene regulations. If you wish to do the practice in the Native Yoga studio, please indicate that upon registration. For those eight people practicing in the studio, you will need to bring your own chair or meditation cushion as no cushions or chairs will be provided because of hygiene regulations. All others will be doing the practice via zoom. For those practicing at home via zoom, find a quiet space and turn off your cell phones. (zoom participants will receive a link the day before the event via email)

The cost of the program is $30 for one day or $50 for both days. Since the program will be repeated on Sunday, you can choose to participate in either day. Both days are recommended to deepen your practice. Handouts will be sent via email before the retreat. 

Michael J. Shea, PhD is enrolled in the Zen Buddhist chaplaincy program at the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been a practicing Buddhist for the past 40 years. He has an MA in Buddhist Psychology from the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a PhD in Somatic Psychology from the Union Institute. He is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida since 1976 and the author of a five volume set of books on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy published by North Atlantic Books.


(Visit Michael's website here)