Make Yourself a Raft
A PZI Zen Online Group Facilitation Series
Master Mazu once said,
To advance from where you can no longer advance,
and to do what can no longer be done,
you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for others.
When we lead a group in the PZI tradition, we offer ourselves to something larger. Our small identity falls away to reveal a vessel that can ferry all beings deeper into the mystery of this life we share.
This is no easy task. Out on the open water, we are vulnerable to vicious pirates, unpredictable weather, and whatever shadowy behemoths lurk through the deep. It can be helpful (and enjoyable) to have a community with whom we can share our adventures, compare notes, and learn new skills.
Therefore, I'm pleased to offer an online 6-part training and support series for group facilitators. In the interest of maintaining focus, this series will be limited to those who are actively facilitating koan salons and cohort groups, or who plan to do so imminently.
We'll have a monthly group session with a piece of curriculum, useful facilitation tips and tricks, discussion and experiential exercises, and time for sharing and receiving support from one another. There will also be opportunities to meet individually with me outside the larger group to work through specific difficulties if desired.
6-Part Series Details:
Here are our group meeting dates, all held on Saturdays:
Sessions meet from 10 am – 12 pm PDT.
Part 1: July 30th
Part 2: August 27th
Part 3: September 24th
Part 4: October 22nd
Part 5: November 19th
Part 6: December 17th
And here are some of the topics we'll be exploring:
- Creating a vessel for awakening using time, space, ritual, group guidelines, and your own practice
- Group dynamics and managing the flow of energy
- Ways of responding in group
- Questions to take the group deeper
- Utilizing power and authority
- Techniques for fending off pirates and avoiding mutiny
- Working with difficult emotions (yours and theirs)
- Listening deeply
- Trusting the group
- Knowing your personal facilitation style (including strengths and stumbling blocks) and stretching your capacities.
- Working with the shadow
One of PZI's greatest treasures is its robust network of practice groups and the bold skippers who lead them. We're grateful for the deep and interesting work our group leaders do, so we're happy to be offering this series at a nominal fee. I'm very excited for the opportunity to support what you do.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Looking forward to it!
Jesse (Noble Weasel) Roshi
Series Fee: $200 Members
PZI Leaders: If you want to attend and are in need, please don't hesitate to request financial aid through a PZI Member Scholarship for a reduced fee that you can comfortably pay.
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