The Dharma of Grief & Joy: A Virtual Weekend Retreat w/ Lama Rod Owens

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Reclaiming our magic. Calling in our grief & joy because the world needs us to cast stronger spells of liberation right now.

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"Here is my what my grief sounds like right now:
Once again it has been proven dangerous to be Black or brown or queer or a woman in this world.
I forget what it is called being so tired and hurt that the tired and hurt feels much more comfortable than not being tired and hurt. I want to say how all this has been for me.
This year of quarantine, pandemic, uprisings and having the truth revealed in such stark ways to so many of us, has reminded me of loneliness and how my loneliness has been experienced as being misunderstood.
I am sure this is a familiar experience for many many others.
Sometimes, the experience of dwelling so deep inside of ourselves, means we come to see more than before, the complexity of people and the world we create and live in.
My loneliness has been not being able to articulate everything I see and understand because the world around me lacks the capacity to relate to its own complexity.
As I have grown older and found myself on this spiritual path, I have realized that much of my practice is to mourn, be in silence, to fast, and to pray and to celebrate and welcome in the magic of my joy.
This orientation is older than this life.
Come join me practice this magic together"
- Lama Rod


As the restrictions on our lives ease and as vaccines begin to flow, it can be easy to convince ourselves that vaccines will also take away our grief, and somehow take away the complex feelings we might have about “normality” creeping back into view.

Resiliency is such an important skill to develop right now.

Joy is a key aspect of resilience, and humor is also important as an expression of what’s happening in the moment—not as an attempt to hide or perform something, but to make people feel comfortable and to articulate in the moment.

Humor helps spark joy and disarms people to let a transmission come through, releasing others to be themselves.

Resiliency is also about how well we are able to meet the challenges of our lives with a sense of openness and curiosity that helps us to regain our balance.

Balance means understanding how to return back to a sense of being grounded in order to meet challenges directly. 

In order to experience true liberation, we must do the work to reclaim parts of ourselves that have been lost to the violence of systematic oppression. 

This includes finding ways to call in our grief and call in our joy, as a magic to the expression of who we are.

Especially if we occupy marginalised or oppressed identities.

In this context, magic means how we use our joy and grief to cultivate radical connections, to belong and how we use our joy to consume experiences of being erased or even how we remember our ancestors to deepen our sense of resiliency. 

Our magic is how we dance into a future free from the limitations of rigidity and control.



In this special retreat, we will practice reclaiming our magic and calling in our grief and joy, seeing into the dharma of both, because the world needs us to cast stronger spells of liberation.

This is a wonderful opportunity from the expanding Southsea Sangha community to come together in support and exploration of our inner capacity to mourn our losses and realise the authentic and free expression of our joy as resilience and and as an expression of the life living through us.

In this virtual retreat we will explore healing and resiliency through meditation, breath practices, gentle movement, visualizations, and group discussions.

In communion and in community we will explore and find a resilience and love that becomes a deep spring of resource for the days, weeks and years ahead of transition and resistance for justice and collective liberation.



This retreat will be conducted through Zoom. You can download zoom to your device for free Here

A registration link will be sent out to all participants when they book their place prior to the retreat beginning.


The cost of the retreat is priced to cover the basic costs of hosting. Lama Rod has not been paid for this retreat and is totally dependant on your dana and generosity.

Options for offering dana to the teacher will be made available during the retreat.

Tickes are priced on a sliding scale.


Ticket purchases operate on an honesty, self assessment basis.

Please read the ticket descriptions carefully before purchasing and support us in removing financial barriers to those wishing to benefit from these teachings.

Refunds can be issued up to 7 days before the event.


[with regular breaks]


7pm - 9.30pm: Opening and Orientation


* 10.30am - 11.30am - Practice

1pm - 2.30pm: Teaching + Practice

3.30pm - 4.30pm: Practice

5.30 - 6.30pm: Practice

7pm - 9:30pm: Dharma Talk + Q&A


* 10.30am - 11.30am - Practice

1pm - 2.30pm: Teachings + Practice

3.30pm - 4.30pm: Practice

6pm – 8:30pm: Teachings + Closing

* w/ Daniel sutton-Johanson

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Lama Rod Owens (He/Him) is a best selling author, Buddhist minister, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers.

He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community.

Lama Rod has been featured on Good Morning America, the BBC, and Sirius XM Radio's Urban View. Has also been featured in the Washington Post Magazine and published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin. He has offered talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.

A book for these times, Love & Rage: The Path to Liberation Through Anger was published in June 2020, to critical acclaim for it’s prophetic truth, timing and honesty and wisdom, in dealing with the multiplicity of challenges this generation is waking up to.


Daniel Sutton-Johanson is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a burgeoning dharma community on the island city of Portsmouth, U.K.

Daniel began dharma practice in 2004, encountering Vipassana at a time of addiction and depression and now practises as a Psychotherapist and mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a mentor for iBme UK. He identifies as a queer white cis male and uses he/him/they pronouns.

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