Practicing Non-Judgment: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

September 20th

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    *This class is now full. If you'd like to be on the waiting list in case someone drops out, send an email to [email protected].
    Practicing Non-Judgment: A Meditation and Writing Retreat
    Date: Friday, September 20
    Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Shambhala Meditation Center of White River Junction (158 S Main Street)  
    Hosts: Jeffrey Slayton and Joni Cole
    Cost: No charge. Suggested donation of $20.
    As humans, part of our mind's natural capacity is to analyze and try to make sense of our experience. When this process is unconscious we can have a tendency for our analysis to turn into habitual judgment of others and ourselves. While our amazing capacity to make sense of our experience can positively inform our relationships, harboring harsh, perhaps old, and unfounded judgments--whether directed outward or inward--can take a toll on our happiness and health. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to practice ways of letting go of blame and judgment; to shift our minds into a more open, appreciative, and peaceful space. During this retreat we will practice sitting and walking meditation. We also will write from a “prompt,” as a means of inspiring a freedom of expression and rich creative flow. Absolutely no meditation or writing experience is required to attend this retreat. Please join us!

    Joni B. Cole is the author of the recent release Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier, listed as one of the "Best Books for Writers" by Poets & Writers magazine. Joni teaches creative writing at various MFA programs, conferences, and social service programs, and is the founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont. For more info, visit


    Jeffrey Slayton is a longtime member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of White River. He currently holds the position of Director of Practice & Education, the purpose of which is to inspire learning in all areas, and to inspire enlightened society. Jeffrey is an ardent meditator, an inspired novice karateka, and an experienced father of five. He lives with his wife and family in Norwich, VT.