Let's Get Real: A Daylong Retreat on Four Ways of Paying Attention
with Julie Püttgen
@ AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 9AM-5PM



About the facilitator:
In 1995, Julie Püttgen began her studies of Vipassana meditation with Steve & Rosemary Weissman, then resident teachers at Wat Khao Tham, a small nunnery on an island in the south of Thailand. Having decided on the basis of that experience to explore monastic life for herself, she lived and trained at Plum Village, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn's monastery in the south of France, before joining the Thai-tradition English Forest Sangha as a resident laywoman and novice nun for three years, from 1996-1999.

Over the past 20 years, her training has extended into the Soto and Rinzai Zen schools, and most recently, into the embodied Tibetan-tradition Mahamudra practices taught by Lama Willa Miller, Lama John Makransky, Reggie Ray, and others. She has led meditation practice, taught Dharma, and facilitated retreats through Valley Insight Meditation Society, Red Clay Sangha, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and as an itinerant teacher visiting schools, community centers, and universities. In her home town of Lebanon, NH, she is the Founder & Facilitator of Just So Space, a non-sectarian Buddhist meditation community.

Pursuing an interest in embodied compassion practice, Julie trained for nine months in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, specializing in Palliative Care and Oncology Chaplaincy. She is currently in training as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Goddard College in Vermont.

Her independent practice as a contemplative studio artist includes the Inner Beauty Project, an ongoing exploration of embodied well-being; and the upcoming Home / Away From Home, which will invite New England communities to understand the global displaced persons crisis from the perspective of the local & the personal. A former full-time Professor of Art at Sewanee: The University of the South, she now teaches occasionally as a Lecturer in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College, and is a member of the faculty at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH.