Memorial Gathering for Thich Nhat Hanh (Lotus Institute)

with Sister Peace, Ava Avalos, Joe Reilly, Peggy Rowe-Ward and Brian Kimmel

Friday, January 28th via Zoom (link is here)

9am US Pacific Time / 12pm US Eastern Time / 7pm Central Africa Time

all are welcome

Please join us online as we honor our beloved teacher. We will share songs, movement, readings and an open space for stories.

Meet our teachers

Sister Peace, Ava Avalos, Joe Reilly, Peggy Rowe-Ward and Brian Kimmel

Sister An Nghiem (Sister Peace) is a nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and has dedicated her life to bringing the practice of mindfulness to people around the world – from educators and young adults to artists and politicians. Most recently, her practice has been with the children in the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center – a jail for children in Memphis, TN.

Ava is a dancer and a doctor – practicing as an HIV Specialist in Gabonne, Botswana. She is Latinx from Southern California and integrates her Mexican roots with those of Africa, where she has lived for the last 20 years. She is a devoted student of Yoga Masters Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman and brings her love of the body, dance and yoga to her practice of Zen.

Joe is a singer, songwriter, social worker and educator from Michigan who writes songs from the heart. Joe uses his music to bring people together and to build community across lines of race, class, gender and ethnicity He is Italian, Irish and Native American (Cherokee).

Peggy has her EdD in Adult Education and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She co-authored Making Friends with Time and Love’s Garden. She is also certified to teach Gentle Yoga and she likes to combine art, music, movement and yoga in her practice. Peggy and her husband, Dr. Larry Ward, are longtime practitioners in the Plum Village tradition.

Brian (BK) is a bridge-building artist, counselor, and Plum Village Tradition Dharma Teacher, True Lotus Concentration (Pronouns: They/Them and anything with respect). They work as a trauma and relationship counselor and are a registered dance/movement therapist in the Seattle area, the unceded lands of the Coast Salish, Duwamish and Suquamish peoples, and they have several published works of writing and music.

photo by Brad Wiscons

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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