Dharma Talk with Karen Waconda-Lewis - 6-19-2024

In presence with the Unseen

with Karen Waconda-Lewis

Wednesday, June 19, 2024; 7:00-8:30pm

Suggested donation: $7-25*

via Zoom

Teachings from an Indigenous perspective in relation to our environment and ourselves.

Practice together with other sangha members in a relaxed atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk (7:35).

Karen Waconda-Lewis is a native from Isleta/Laguna Pueblo.  After initiation into the Native Medicine, she brought the native medicine into an urban American Indian health clinic in Albuquerque, NM and continues to expand the program to local hospitals, Indian Health Service, VA Hospital and surrounding organizations. She joins Western Medicine with Native healing in preventive health, mental health and overall well-being. She is the founder and director of Center for Native American Integrative Healing, LLC located in Albuquerque, where other indigenous healers practice their traditional medicine and extends out to the community.  She also is the founder of Wa’Kanda Retreat & Spa which brings in holistic, chemical free, healing for those in chronic need.

She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and regularly provides dharma teachings with integration of native teachings throughout NM, nationally and at Insight Meditation Society-staff and teacher training.  She has interconnected the native teachings with Vipassana teachings into ceremonies, sweat lodges and into her community at Laguna Pueblo.  At Laguna Pueblo, the ancestral teaching of mindfulness compliment the Buddhist teachings at the Detention center at Laguna pueblo giving insight and wellness to the inmates and families.  She is co-founder of the Annual Indigenous and Native Healer’s Silent Retreats and Albuquerque POC and Allies Sangha.

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