This program will be held online via Zoom. Please see the full retreat schedule below. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
This retreat begins just before the U.S. Election and ends the day after. It is impossible to think it will not be a tumultuous time. What better way to move through the difficulties than to be together in community and to explore ways of encountering painful emotions from a practice perspective? What better way to steady ourselves in the midst of things as they are? It seems imperative that we are not isolated during this time, that we engage in dharma practices as a collective. We sincerely invite you to participate!
During this five-day retreat, we will engage the methods of shamatha vipassana (calm and insight) to develop inner balance in the midst of difficult emotions. We will learn how to safely turn towards the very emotions that scare us, such as fear, anger, grief, loneliness and self-doubt. Fully feeling whatever arises exactly as it is, we practice releasing our identification with our emotional atmosphere.
Sitting with ourselves and not fleeing, we have the opportunity to discover our capacity to befriend and understand the true nature of emotions. We will practice turning problems into wisdom as we cultivate a more joyful and compassionate way to live.
We start with a weekend, emphasizing the practices of sitting and walking meditation. For the subsequent three days, we will meet in the evenings only. Participants will be given a meditation exercise to practice with during the day, an exercise directly concerned with daily life. Coming together again at the end of the day we will sit, walk and share our experiences of working with the exercises.
The format of this five-day retreat invites each of us to intentionally combine formal meditation and daily life as dharma practice. Undertaking an online retreat in our home environment encourages us to integrate these teachings into our lives more directly, even as we cultivate a sense of connection with others through our shared experiences.
Group interviews will be offered to all participants. Éowyn Ahlstrom will teach Mindful Movement on Saturday.
- Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
- Monday-Wednesday: 6:00-8:00pm
- Group interviews: Saturday and Sunday from 5:15-6:45pm and Monday-Wednesday from 4:00-5:30pm
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Participants must attend both Saturday and Sunday and are strongly encouraged to attend all five days. For those unable to attend any of the weekdays, we offer weekend-only registration.