Collaborative Meditation Workshop with Julie Püttgen
@ Just So Space, Lebanon, NH
Sunday afternoons 4:30-6PM
This ongoing group offers instruction in foundations of meditation through sitting, standing, walking, and dialogue practices. In time, participants take turns offering practices and reflections they find useful in their own daily lives.
We focus on the following questions:
- What are some basic building blocks of meditation practice?
- How can I use these, and my own life-experiences, to develop contemplative practices that are of benefit to myself and others?
This is a co-creative group. I take responsibility for offering a space for practice, some teachings, and ongoing encouragement for participants to maintain & develop meditation practice in their lives. As interest arises, individual participants are invited to offer practices and reflections they themselves have found beneficial in their lives.
No previous meditation experience is required, and participants of all spiritual/religious/atheist backgrounds are welcome.
About the facilitator:
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 embodied Tibetan-tradition Mahamudra practices, as 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 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 Home / Away From Home, which invites 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.
- Time: 4:30-6PM, Sunday evenings
- Location: Just So Space, Lebanon, NH
- Suggested donation: $10-20/session. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
- Drop-ins welcome. For any questions, please contact Julie Püttgen: mustaphaputtgen [at] gmail [dot] com