This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Greg Scharf 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 19th. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
Meditation can be seen as the process of learning to recognize and trust a natural quality of awareness that is available to all of us in any moment, no matter what is happening in our experience.
This awareness allows us to open to and connect with the truth of each moment. As we gain confidence in the mind’s ability to recognize this natural awareness we begin to release the burden of trying to control, manipulate, or fix experience so that it meets our ideas of the way it should be, and relax into the truth of the way it actually is.
Clear seeing and wisdom arise naturally and we see directly for ourselves what leads to well-being and freedom and what leads to suffering, both in our own life and in the world around us. Through this process we begin to live our lives from a place of greater balance, integrity, confidence, and connection.
Our day together will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections, and time for group discussion. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and began teaching residential meditation retreats in 2007 both in the US and abroad. He is particularly interested in teaching longer, intensive retreats and has been teaching the Three-Month Retreat at Insight Meditation Society, and the month-long retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for many years. Greg’s teaching emphasizes the understanding that the meditative process is fundamentally an exploration of Nature and natural processes. In his teaching, he stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to meditation practice.
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.