Who We Are:

 Cloud Refuge is a Buddhist community in the Western Insight tradition (www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org),  located in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.   For the foreseeable future, we are meeting online each Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m.  The teachers are Joyce Kornblatt and Christopher Ash.  Please email Joyce (at the email address below for Zoom I.D. and password.

How We Practice:

We meditate for 40 minutes.  Then we have a shared inquiry facilitated by Joyce or Christopher, who is now teaching once a month.  (Bios below) .

 On the first Thursday of the month, Christopher will offer us an experiential practice grounded in the felt-sense knowing of the body.

 On the second Thursday each month, Joyce facilitates Year to Live practice, based on the book of that name by the late teacher, Stephen Levine:  what wants our attention and surrender, if we had a year to live?  

Other weekly gatherings will include contemplative writing practice, Council passing-the-virtual-stone practice, and other ways of deepening into the teachings of the Dharma. 

All our inquiries engage deep listening to our own bodies and to one another.  Each time we speak, we are practicing mindful speech. 

The Teachers:

Joyce Kornblatt is a teacher in the Western Insight tradition, a Hakomi-trained psychotherapist, and a novelist/essayist/writing teacher (joycekornblatt.net).  She is particularly interested in the integration of Buddhist teachings with Western psychotherapy and creativity practice.   

Christopher Ash is a teacher in the Insight tradition, a psychotherapist (retired) and teacher of Focusing—philosopher Eugene Gendlin’s work of contacting the healing intelligence of the body’s felt sense.  Christopher blogs often on these aspects of human unfolding.

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