- November 21, 2020
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Online (Check-In Begins at 9:45AM US Pacific Time)
At some point in many of our lives, we pass through a “dark night of the soul,” or an extended encounter with the darkness. In this time, it may feel as though we have utterly lost ourselves, and our lives have been drained of joy and hope. This may manifest as depression, anxiety, or a breakdown, affecting our ability to function in the world and baffling ourselves and our loved ones. In the western world, we have little framework for these kinds of experiences, and they are often hidden and regarded with shame. But in many other cultures, dark times are viewed as key to the evolution of an individual’s psyche. When we are open to their gifts, these experiences can be times of powerful transformation and purification, leaving us altogether changed for the better.
Join meditation teachers Marisa Handler and Donald Rothberg for a supportive experiential workshop exploring the dark night of the soul phenomenon both collectively and personally. Marisa and Donald offer a map of this terrain and of the dark night as a component of the awakening process. They share perspectives and practices that help participants move through these challenging periods and become more open to a greater framework. This workshop offers periods of both silent and guided meditation, reflective writing, as well as small and large group sharing.
We live in challenging times, and many are going through individual periods of darkness. When we are prepared as individuals to navigate these experiences, we can then provide space for others to grow and heal, and ultimately support us all passing through the dark night.
Understand the role such experiences play in the awakening process and discover an array of tools for navigating through these times.
Please note that this workshop will be hosted live online. Instructions on how to join will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email email@example.com.
Marisa Handler—writer, singer-songwriter, teacher, and coach—is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky, which won a Nautilus Gold Award for world-changing books. She has practiced Insight Meditation in retreats and daily life since 2002 and is a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and a committed practitioner of Authentic Movement and Somatic Experiencing. Marisa has taught widely on creativity, transformation, and meditation, including at Esalen, Stanford, Spirit Rock, and the California Institute for Integral Studies. She teaches writing as a tool for deepening our experience of awakening and has published on her own multi-year journey through the Dark Night. Marisa earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She is currently completing a novel. Learn more about Marisa at www.marisahandler.com.
Donald Rothberg, PhD, a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock in West Marin and a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, teaches retreats and groups on concentration and insight meditation practice, lovingkindness practice, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He has practiced insight meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen, body-based psychotherapy, and trauma work. He has helped guide many six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith, and is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World, and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue.
CIIS students, staff, and faculty receive discounts on all events. CIIS Public Programs Members receive a 20% discount on all events. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.