Retreat Teachers


Justin Ward Weber

Justin Ward Weber (they/them) is a Black trans/non-binary composer, pianist, music director and mystic based in Brooklyn who practices at Fire Lotus Temple. Justin has a rich and diverse musical background, but what brings them the most joy is working with those who’ve not yet given their voice a chance to shine. They believe that anyone can enjoy making music and singing if given the space to express themselves.

Events with Justin Ward Weber

A Ringing from Within – Arising Heart Rhythm
June 16 - August 4, 2024

A drum is a voice, alive and feeling as with any voice. When it speaks then we must listen and honor the message with our best and noblest selves, for it is a voice with great power and it is a voice that is a gift to us from a great being. If we do this, then our lives will be full and happy. — Louis W. Ballard, Quapaw-Cherokee What would it mean to recognize that when we touch the ground of our being, we touch the very essence of our voice, our living itself, our inner rhythm? Rhythm is present in every aspect of each moment, powering the warmth of our hearts, pumping our blood, driving our brains, pushing us up at sunrise, bringing us down at sunset. It is not just the voice that flows from this wellspring, but also rhythm! In a way, we are already our own drum, vibrating with each beat out into space, just like the drone of crashing ocean waves, or hastened rustle of trees in the wind. Our relationship with our depths of being is a relationship with the very movement of life itself, which is pulse, drumming ever forward. Just as…