Bright and Dark Blessings!
The Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor http://www.zenbuddhisttemple.org/index.html shall be holding a "1 Day Meditation Retreat" on Saturday November 2, 2103 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The temple is located at 1214 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI.
The retreat will entail a day's worth of activities that the participant can engage. You do not have to be a member of the Temple in order to participate, however, one should have a rudimentary knowledge and ability to sit still for at least a twenty five minute period of time. It is beneficial to have engaged in some sort of meditation practice before jumping into this one as participants will be doing
"sitting and walking meditation, simple manual work, a delicious vegetarian lunch, and rest – an interval of deepening, of slowing down, silence, and mindfulness"
Meditation, as most pagans know, is one of the fundamental tools for development of control and mindfulness in many traditions. Indeed, the ability to alter one's state of consciousness is vital to the execution of works of Magick and of communion with deity. Prayer can be the question, and through meditation, through being still, answers may often be found.
An excellent article on the importance of this was written by Christopher Penzak appeared in The Llewellyn Journal http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/467. Christopher Penzak http://christopherpenczak.com/ is the founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and a prolific writer. He has released several CDs with guided meditations.
What age should attend? The answer this author received was that they have seen six year old children who were fine and fifty year old adults who were "squirmy", all in good humor. As a long time associate has pointed out, nothing can really substitute for "time on the cushion".
To contact them, please call 734-761-6520, or email them at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to stay a bit closer to the city of Detroit, seek out the Detroit Zen Center http://www.detroitzencenter.org/ in Hamtramck, a fixture of the area since 1990. Their Intro to Zen class is held each Sunday, 4:30 PM-6 :00 PM, and include "meditation instruction, zen philosophy, and a dharma talk by a monk or training monk". You can register by phone at : 313-366-7738, and a suggested donation of $15.00 is the only fee.
Their Peace Garden is absolutley beautiful, and is open year round to the community. The pear tree has expended its fruit for the year, yet the pebbles and pools offer stillness and peace that are fruitful in their own right. It is truly a place of peace.
During this time of transition as the Wheel turns, it is a good time to find inner peace as the Veil thins. One does not have to be Buddhist to benefit from the lessons available, only open.