Partners in Place

Inner Refuge Meditation Practice Group, Madison, WI

Connect with the home place in your heart and reduce stress as you experience the benefits that meditation can bring to your life as we explore the stillness of the body, silence of inner speech, and spaciouness of the natural mind.

·       Learn how to pause, release effort, and rest through guided sitting practices that help you discover the openness, awareness and warmth that can replace and heal any tendencies to disconnect or struggle.
·       Work with the breath and seated physical movements to release physical, emotional and mental patterns that restrict your life, inviting the expression of positive qualities.
·       Work with sound and silence as we sing seed syllables to illuminate the path from openness to action that benefits oneself and others. The vibration of the sound helps clear the mind’s chatter and provides entrance to the peace of deep silence.

The result is a fresh ability to rest in the space that opens – Inner Refuge – rather than remain attached to external problems or stories.

All are welcome.  Please contact Anne Forbes for the current schedule of practice, to arrange a brief phone conversation to orient you, or let’s meet at a coffee shop!

Anne Forbes of Partners in Place has practiced and taught meditation for many years and is currently a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Bön Buddhist meditation master. She completed a rigorous course of study through The 3 Doors Academy and The 3 Doors Presenter's Path, with senior teachers Gabriel Rocco and Marcy Vaughn and now offers these time-honored practices in a non-religious form, making them available to everyone. She leads Inner Refuge practice sessions in Madison WI and sponsors visits from senior teachers in The 3 Doors international organization. She is also a trained SoulCollage® facilitator.

The guided practices are fully explored in Awakening the Sacred Body; Tibetan Sound Healing; Awakening the Luminous Mind; and Spontaneous Creativity, Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and edited by Marcy Vaughn. These practies are offered to non-religious audiences through the generosity of Tenzin Wangyal in founding the nonprofit educational organization, The 3 Doors

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Spontaneous Creativity with Marcy Vaughn, Madison, WI February 16-17, 2019 

Marcy Vaughn is returning to Madison for a non-residential weekend retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery. The retreat will be based on the new book Spontaneous Creativity, Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and edited by Marcy who also recorded the audio meditaitons available with the book. 

We often associate meditation with the search for a sense of inner peace, a refuge from the hectic pace of daily life. In this retreat, we will explore how rest and renewal become the ideal condition to reflect on our challenges, see them with fresh eyes, and bring an open heart to difficult places. As we connect with the natural spaciousness of being, we can awaken our inspiration to meet life with openness and compassion. 

At this retreat, Marcy Vaughn will teach contemplative practices based in the Tibetan Bön tradition. Through simple, direct, and powerful guided meditations, we will explore both movement and stillness of body; sound and silence of voice; and contemplative reflection and spaciousness of mind. As limiting patterns loosen and release, wisdom and compassion awaken.
Join us for an exploration of the path that begins with what challenges us and leads us to the spontaneous expression of creativity available in any moment.
For more information, or to inquire about scholarships email Anne Forbes at:
This is a two-day non-residential retreat:
Feb 16 from 10AM-5PM and Feb 17 from 10AM-1PM
at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI
$160/2-day retreat

Pre-Retreat Practice Sessions*
In preparation for the retreat, you are warmly invited to join the Madison area Inner Refuge Meditation community for two practice sessions led by Anne Forbes, who will introduce the practices, play selected audio recordings by Marcy, and answer questions. Attendance is optional; you may attend the retreat without the practice sessions, and vice versa.
Saturdays, January 12 & January 26 from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
*practice sessions will be held at:
Threshold, 2717 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI

Complete Information and Registration for the Retreat and Pre-Retreat Practice sessions:

About Marcy Vaughn

Marcy is a senior teacher and director of study and practice with The 3 Doors, a contemplative program open to all, and Ligmincha International, dedicated to preserving Bön Buddhist wisdom in the world. A Buddhist practitioner for more than 45 years, she has worked closely with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, editing four of his books, including his most recent, Spontaneous Creativity, Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities.

Marcy was in the first graduating class of the master’s program in contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University. She is currently a therapist in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania where she offers meditation groups and retreats with her husband, Gabriel Rocco.

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