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Dharma & Direct Action Training comes to Michigan in September


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The Environmentalist Group of the Zen Buddhist Temple, Ann Arbor is hosting this two-day workshop to develop inspiring responses to injustice guided by spiritual wisdom and political awareness. We invite you to join us for this unique workshop weekend, to be held Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th at the Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor.

The Dharma and Direct Action Workshop will be led by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an Oakland, California-based organization started in 1978 to promote a Buddhist approach to social and environmental justice. The trainers will be Dawn Haney, Co-Director of the BPF and Kate Johnson, a teacher of mindful yoga in NYC public schools and Buddhist meditation at The Interdependence Project.

The workshop will combine conversation, reflection, and practical training in such areas as:

  • Political-Spiritual Messaging
  • Compassionate Confrontation
  • Building Nonviolent Direct Action, from planning to completion

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen strategic actions and build coalitions between groups of spiritual activists in Southeast Michigan, where economic inequality, racial discrimination, and environmental injustice do everything from cutting funding for much-needed public programs to poisoning our water.

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Creating a Base of Spiritual Activist Power in Southeast Michigan

Mindful of the interconnectedness of all beings, we know that power comes from solidarity and coalition-building. Therefore, we are seeking applicants across a range of backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and religious affiliation, or lack thereof.

Workshop tuition, which covers Dawn and Kate’s travel costs, is on a sliding scale. Participants who submit their applications before June 20th will get a special early-bird discount at the sliding scale rates of $35, $100 (full tuition), or $200. After June 20th, the sliding scale cost will be $50, $165 (full tuition), or $290. There may be scholarship funds available to help participants with travel and childcare costs. Please inquire.

Important: Attendance to this event is by application only. Space is very limited, so we suggest applying as soon as possible. To apply, go to

The Ann Arbor Zen Temple will provide meals and overnight accommodations for participants from out of town. The workshop is held in an accessible, fragrance-free location, and overnight accommodations will include safe space for trans* and gender-non-conforming participants.

For more information about the workshop agenda, accommodations, or tuition, please email or


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