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What is the program cost?
The cost of the program is $1200. This includes twelve weekly 2-3 hour sessions.
Is it covered by insurance?
We do not take any insurance. However we are able to provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurer for possible reimbursement..
Is there anything else that I will be expected to do as part of the program?
This program is a powerful tool to make profound changes in our life. A commitment to daily practice is a prerequisite for acceptance into the program. You must use the practices, resources and skills that you will learn every day.
Where is the program located?
The base for your sessions is a cabin located on the grounds of the Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, Maine. While the program does not have any affiliation with Treetop, the center’s grounds provide a quiet and secluded setting, surrounded by beautiful woodlands that will be used for some eco-psychological and eco-spiritual activities.
Are there any physically rigorous aspects to the program?
This program is not physically demanding. Making profound connections with the natural world does not require stressful physical activity. It finst, it is quite the opposite; it requires that we move slowly, silently and at times practice physical stillness.
What is ecospirituality?
We define ecospirituality as the process of entering into a direct, intimate and reciprocal relationship with all of creation. We humans derive many benefits from having such a relationship. Having a sense of being more at home in the world, in addition to feeling less anxious and alienated, we also feel calmer and less stressed. The world itself also benefits, for as we become aware of how enormously valuable each molecule of being is, we will naturally be more inclined to minimize our destructive impacts and to engage actively in protection and preservation efforts. Many people relate their ecospiritual experiences as attributed to a “higher power” or divine force, such as God, the Goddess or Gaia.
What is spirituality?
For many of us, spirituality is the way in which we relate to the great creative force in the universe, regardless of the name that we use for that presence. Those who have a theistic belief may speak about God or the Goddess. Others may speak about Buddha Nature, or Essential Nature or the Tao. For some people it is nature itself, or Mother Nature. Regardless of how we each understand and speak about that vital force, spirituality emphasizes that we engage in a direct personal relationship with it. Unlike religion, were we can be passive participants in a formalized set of rituals, spirituality requires personal, intimate contact with the fundamental nature of the universe. Furthermore, in order to develop that relationship, most spiritual paths are based on regular practices of activities such as prayer and meditation.
What about 12-step recovery programs?
Many people find 12-step recovery programs to be extremely helpful in their recovery process. We encourage people in recovery to explore the 12-step programs for themselves. They should not only visit different programs (AA, NA, Refuge Recovery, etc.), but they should also participate in different meetings within the programs. Hopefully they will find a “home” where they will form positive, supportive relationships and receive sound guidance from those who have been successful in their recovery. However, they may not. If that is the case, that is not a failure; 12-step programs are not the only way to recover and are not a good fit for everyone.