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Got to Be Real

Taking Refuge in Our Innate Goodness

A Day Long Mindfulness Retreat with La Samiento
Saturday, January 20th from 10am-4pm

Hosted by Dharma Ranch

Suggested Donation is $35 though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please register at Dharma Ranch

As our country continues to get tangled in webs of greed, hatred, and delusion, join us for a day of taking refuge in our own innate goodness, in practices and teachings that alleviate suffering and cultivate true happiness, and in supportive community.

Through the practices of sitting, walking, and eating meditation, mindful movement, interactive exercises, and mindful discussions, La’s aspiration is for us to leave inspired and empowered as we compassionately “get real” with ourselves and find ways to keep our hearts open to the 10,000 joys and sorrows of this life.

Hope you can join us!


Seating is LIMITED and you must REGISTER TO ATTEND.

La Sarmiento has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998, is a teacher and senior retreat/event manager for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and has been the guiding teacher of the IMCW LGBTQ and People of Color Sanghas since 2006. A 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program, La also leads mindfulness retreats for teenagers with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and retreats for Young Adults at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. La has been a bodyworker in private practice since 1992 and a Reiki Teacher since 2004 in Washington, DC, where they reside with their life partner Wendy and their two Cairn Terriers, Annabel and MacGregor.