This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Chas DiCapua in person at our Center in Cambridge. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 5th. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
“That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment.” – Pema Chodron
Human beings have been so successful at manipulating the outer world that we tend to think we have more control over our lives, and the world in general, than we actually do. Even if we might acknowledge the limits of our control intellectually, a close examination of how we feel, and act may reveal that we spend a considerable amount of our precious time trying to control what is outside our control.
We often bring this mistaken belief into our formal meditation practice in one way or another. This creates a dissonant and stressful experience because, in fact, we have very little control over what arises, inwardly or outwardly, in the present moment.
During our time together, we will explore where it is we tend to try and control in our formal practice and how this tendency can be worked with and let go of. Entering into the flow of life we come to enjoy the experience of allowing things to be just as they are.
This retreat will be supportive for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Our day together will include talks, discussion, sitting and walking meditation, and learning from one another. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
NOTE: At check-in, participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful service during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants.