Classes and Workshops
Here are some examples of classes Marilyn Myo-O teaches. Check back for new listings.
With Myo-O Habermas-Scher
When we make a
commitment to Buddhist practice our primary vow is to fulfill the deepest
callings of our hearts. This is called The Way of the Bodhisattva. What
is a bodhisattva? What are these commitments, and what supports us in
living them in our lives? How do they fit into our lives as mothers,
fathers, students, gardeners, dishwashers, and friends? Using meditation,
listening circles, experiential exercises and chanting we will begin
to discover the life of the bodhisattva.
Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute for Performers, Directors, and Coaches.
The Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theatre Institute in unlike any
other professional development program in the country. The institute builds upon the basic skills of singing, acting,
and moving, and unifies these essential musical and theatrical components
into integrated performances. The outstanding staff creates a stimulating
and challenging environment, providing respectful observation, support
and instruction. The emphasis is on individual growth rather than on
competition or comparison. The institute has had a profound effect upon
hundreds of participants who have applied its concepts to all styles
of performance, ranging from opera to Broadway musicals to experimental
Life: A Meditation & Life Planning Retreat for Women
At this workshop you will:
• Resource your body’s vitality, and learn to sustain it
• Learn to bring the benefits of meditation into your daily life
• Learn to listen in a whole new way to self and others
• Revisit your values and purpose
• Write a livable LifePlan for your personal and professional
• Develop relationships with women who will support you midst
of making plans and accomplishing important tasks. After the workshop
ends you will, with the encouragement of a group of new friends be able
to practice what you have learned. You have what is necessary, you do
what you value, and you be how you want to be. You set out to master
The Dynamic Life anew.
Picture this: A small group of amazing women like you, two experienced
facilitators like us, in a vast hilltop retreat just north of the Twin
Cities. You are eating wonderful food. You are investigating how you
are nourished in life. You are resting.
Here you are: Practicing the joys of connecting to your own being, to
others, to all of life. Experiencing the ease of stillness, mindfulness,
and Powerful Listening. Reclaiming the vitality of your body. Revisioning
your purpose. Writing a concrete, livable LifePlan for the coming years.
And in the retreat’s fluid integration of meditation and activity
you are training yourself - training to remember to BE - right now,
in the midst of making plans and accomplishing important tasks.
After: With the encouragement of a group of new friends, you set out
to practice. You have what is necessary, you do what you value, and
you be how you want to be. You set out to master The Dynamic Life anew.
the Wild Mind; Living in Joy
A five week class investigating Sila, the ethical foundation of practice
In order to live and act in this world of change in a way that we ourselves
find stabilizing and renewing, what is it that we need to understand?
What is it that we already understand and are using day by day? What
is there in Buddha's teachings that are really alive for us and how
does the unfolding of realization come about and create the foundation
for a life that brings life rather than harm to the world?
will include meditation, lectures, readings and reflections, experiential
exercises, small group discussions, and singing. ,
Using Buddha's teaching
and the template of our own life and wisdom we will study and share
our hearts' aspirations together.
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In Meditation and Buddhist Practice
Myo-O offers classes on various aspects of Buddhist practice including:
Basic meditation instruction
Foundational Buddhist Teachings
The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Dependent Co-Arising, The
Bodhisattva Path, and The Sublime Abidings: loving kindness, sympathetic
joy, compassion and equanimity.
Chant as practice
Buddhist Precepts and the Full Moon Precept Recitation Ceremony:
Burning the Old and Vowing the New
A year long class studying the meaning of the precepts in our
lives and how we practice with them day to day as well as a classic
full moon ceremony. This class also includes disclosure/repentence sharing
A class series on the practices of lovingkindness, compassion, joy and
equanimity that include chanting.
The Structure of Joy
A study and practice class on the Six Perfections: Giving, Patience,
Ethical Living, Energy, Meditation, and Wisdom.
Myo-O occasionally offers classes at various meditation centers in the
Twin Cities. Check calendar for specific classes. If your organization
would like Myo-O to design a class to meet your needs, please contact
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A class series exploring the use of intention and voiced vibration to
provide spaciousness and healing.
A class series teaching the skills of attention and kinesthetic awareness
as keys to unlock the power of the body to release and support the voice.
Five Months in Your Voice
A five month long course which includes somatic awareness, improvisation,
vocal technique, spacial awareness, concentration practices and hands-on
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