Weekend Retreat: Mindfulness with Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco & Kimberly Brown

Set an Intention to Meditate in the New Year!


Fri, 1/18/2013, 10:00am - Sun, 1/20/2013, 1:30pm


Check "YES" if you are enrolled in the Secular Buddhist Studies Program


January 18, 19, 20

Friday 7-9 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm, Sunday 10-1:30 pm

“In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

IDP Weekend retreats are a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the practices and teachings of the Buddhist tradition in the support of a group environment.  The focus for this retreat is the Buddha's original teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and will include:

  • Dharma talks and practice instruction
  • In-depth meditation
  • Short yoga breaks 
  • Discussion

This practice-based retreat will take place Friday evening 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-1:30pm, leaving students with ample time to relax and integrate the practice on Sunday afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to attend the entire weekend, you may enroll for portions of it.  Contact Kim@theidproject.org for registration details.

Yoga will be led by IDP instructor, Kim Stetz.  These brief stretch breaks are approximately 10-15 minutes long, and are designed to provide support for sitting meditation practice. No prior knowledge of yoga is required.   

There will be lunch breaks on Saturday and Sunday, but lunch will not be provided. Participants should bring a bag lunch or take advantage of the diverse eateries available in the neighborhood.


Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco

Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco (Do'an Dharma) is a fully ordained monk in the Vietnamese Zen tradition of Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An. He is also an authorized Zen teacher in the Korean Zen tradition as represented by the Five Mountain Zen Order. In addition, Lawrence received authorization as a dharma teacher from the Interdependence Project, and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He writes for Sweeping Zen, The Interdependence Project blog, and Open Sky Zen, and works with individuals and couples as a life coach and wedding officiant. Lawrence is the Founding Director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group which meets regularly in Manhattan and the facilitator of Queer Sangha which meets at the Interdependence Project in Manhattan. For more information about Lawrence, please visit www.lawrencegrecco.com.


Kimberly Brown

Kimberly is both a student and a teacher at The Interdependence Project.  She's a graduate of the first IDP Yearlong Training Immersion Program, is a Tibetan Buddhist, trains with Sokuzan Bob Brown, and practices Kriya Yoga with Alan Finger.  Kimberly has degrees in physics and literature, and spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  She teaches dharma classes and meditation at IDP and privately, and is filled with tremendous gratitude for The Interdependence Project community and its founder, Ethan Nichtern. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Kim Stetz is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), meditation teacher, and a Certified Health Coach. Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food.  From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled. Kim has yoga certifications from OM Yoga NYC, Yoga For Two, The Barnes Method, Relax and Renew, Judith Hansen Lasater, and Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers with Jason R. Brown. Kim is also a graduate of The Interdependence Project's Yearlong Immersion Training program.




$120 - Non-Members
$90 - Full Members
$60 - Sustaining Members
$30 - Endowing Members

(Click here for more information on Membership and how much your support helps IDP.)

(Note: IDP Weekend Retreats are very popular and often sell out.  A $40 deposit is required to reserve your seat for this retreat.)

IDP is commited to accommodating students experiencing financial hardship.   If you'd like to attend this retreat but are unable to afford it, please inquire about our work-study options by emailing  marisa@theidproject.org

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Where is the location of this weekend retreat?

Thanks, Lori


Hi Lori,

302 Bowery in the East Village, NYC.

Best, Kim


Thank you, Kim, for adding me to the roster. What a great weekend we have planned!

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