Year-End Retreat

In-Person/Zoom Year-End Retreat:
Keeping Practice Simple: Love and Letting Go
with Shelly Graf and Yong Oh
7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 26th – 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 31st

Dear Common Ground Friends,

Registration is now closed for our upcoming In-Person/Zoom Year-End Retreat, from 7:00pm Sunday, December 26th until noon on Friday, December 31st. You can choose to attend either online over Zoom or in person at Common Ground in Minneapolis. In-person retreatants go home every night for this non-residential retreat. Shelly will be teaching in-person (broadcast to Zoom participants), and Yong will be teaching remotely (broadcast to both Zoom and in-person participants). As a reminder, vaccination, masking, and social distancing are required for in-person programs.

About the teachers:

Shelly Graf has been practicing at Common Ground since 2003. In May 2021 they graduated from Insight Meditation Society’s four-year teacher training program and in October 2021 they were hired as Common Ground’s Co-Guiding Teacher. Currently they teach a variety of programs at the center including co-leading residential retreats with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke. Shelly’s administrative role involves developing and clarifying the center’s vision, policies, and priorities. In addition, they take the lead role in overseeing what programs are offered at the Minneapolis center. Professionally, Shelly has been a clinician and administrator in the Social Work and mental health fields since 2005. They have a special interest in waking up to whiteness as part of this total path of awakening. Whatever Shelly’s role may be, they will always be a grateful student of Buddhist Practice first.

Yong Oh’s initial doorway into the Dharma was through Soto Zen. His love for Vipassana began with his, then and now, primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara. He is a Dharma Council teacher at the Durango Dharma Center, teaches for the Chattanooga Insight Meditation group, and is currently on the Leadership Council for Thanissara and Kittisaro’s Sacred Mountain Sangha. Yong is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program, the recent Insight Meditation Society Retreat Teacher Training and the Sacred Mountain Sangha Dharmapala training. Yong is also an acupuncturist, loves the outdoors and bringing the practice of meditation into nature, devotional practice, and aspires to support practitioners of color in the Dharma.


Common Ground Staff