Just So Space is community-based and non-sectarian. Its aim is to make the benefits of meditation & contemplative creativity available to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to support honest conversations about life, its joys & difficulties, and the paths leading to ease, useless joy & contagious freedom. Meditation instruction is offered on a by-donation basis.
Just So Space is also aka Julie Püttgen Studio, a working and teaching artist's space offering group and private instruction in drawing and painting for people of all ages. Creative & contemplative practices meet, join, and dance together here. For more about Julie Püttgen Studio, please go to www.turtlenosedsnake.com.
Just So Space is located in downtown Lebanon, NH.
In 1995, Julie Püttgen began her studies of Vipassana meditation with Steve & Rosemary Weissman, then resident teachers at Wat Khao Tham, a small nunnery on an island in the south of Thailand. Having decided on the basis of that experience to explore monastic life for herself, she lived and trained at Plum Village, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn's monastery in the south of France, before joining the Thai-tradition English Forest Sangha as a resident laywoman and novice nun for three years, from 1996-1999.
Over the past 20 years, her training has extended into the Soto and Rinzai Zen schools, and most recently, into the embodied Tibetan-tradition Mahamudra practices taught by Lama Willa Miller, Lama John Makransky, Reggie Ray, and others.
Pursuing an interest in embodied compassion practice, Julie trained for nine months in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, with Rev. Frank Mächt as her Supervisor and Linda Piotrowski as her mentor in Palliative Care and Oncology Chaplaincy. She is currently entering training as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Goddard College in Vermont.
Julie Püttgen is the Founder & Facilitator of Just So Space, a non-sectarian Buddhist meditation community. Her independent practice as a contemplative studio artist includes the Inner Beauty Project, an ongoing exploration of embodied well-being; and the upcoming Home / Away From Home, which will invite New England communities to understand the global displaced persons crisis from the perspective of the local & the personal. A former full-time Professor of Art at Sewanee: The University of the South, she now teaches occasionally as a Lecturer in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College, and is a member of the faculty at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH.
Class & Event Schedule:
@ Just So Space (Lebanon):
Collaborative Meditation Workshop - Sunday afternoons, 4:30-6PM
Suggested donation: $10-20/session
This collaborative group meets for meditation & discussion. Participants take turns leading & shaping practice.
For more information: http://justsospace.com/collaborative_workshop.html
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