Loving Awareness: Opening the Heart Through Practice

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Loving Awareness: Opening the Heart Through Practice

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Lama Liz Monson
July 28, 2023 - August 3, 2023

Please check back for information about residential and online components, schedule, pricing, and the opening of registration. Other teachers may also be announced.


Join us at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge for Natural Dharma Fellowship’s core summer retreat, Loving Awareness. In this week-long silent meditation retreat, we will focus on coming home to our deepest sense of being – that which lies beneath all of our self-conceptions and judgments.

When we connect to this deepest sense of being, a greater kind of love becomes possible, including compassion for the more challenging parts of ourselves and others.

This retreat takes us through four ways to know ourselves more deeply: “The Way of Allowing,” “The Way of Metaphor,” “The Way of Recognition” and “The Way of Love.” We will discover these ways of being through daily sitting meditation, movement, meditation journaling, small group inquiry, and Dharma reflection.

Practicing the four ways helps us to see beyond the thinking mind, to the one who witnesses. We will come to understand that this witness is not a “self” in a conventional sense; it is an innate awareness. It is a vivid receptivity. It is a loving gaze on all of experience, capable of melting a sense of separation into a sense of oneness.


July 28–August 3, 2023. Both residential and online components will be offered.

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About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Lama Liz Monson

Lama, Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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