Learning the art of living: my experience with the 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


  1. Luckie

    Oh Miyuki! This is so beautiful. The introspection. The honesty. The CHI. The Buddhist teaching encourages us to always question what’s being taught… to weigh it against what we know & intuit. Sounds to me like you got exactly what you needed. And do send me the Retreat details please… sounds like what I need too!:)

    • Thank you Luckie 😀 Your voice is always appreciated. The link to their page is dhamma.org and you can find a place closest to you that has the retreats. I’m pretty sure they have one in GA if not several. It’s free/donation only and you can only donate after you’ve completed at least one course.

  2. I love your thoughts… and your way of presenting them here.

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