Mindfulness & Compassion Meditation Retreat December 4 - 9, 2018
with Radhule Weininger, Gary Hill & Michael Kearney
We want to ensure that all of the Facilitator Training students have experience in the kind of SILENT retreat that is grounded in the practices that you will be teaching. This silent form of retreat builds a depth of concentration and mindfulness that can be particularly powerful and transformative.
In this type of retreat students first learn to quiet the mind with an anchor like the breath, and then expand their practice with a systematic training in mindful attention that includes breath, body, emotions, thoughts, and awareness. This retreat will also include heart meditations—lovingkindness, forgiveness, compassion—that are very much part of this training. The silent retreat also includes individual and small group guidance which gives students a chance to be personally led and supported in developing their meditation practice. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our lives, to listen deeply to our body, heart, and mind. A retreat provides an opportunity and a caring container deepening our meditation practice. The mindfulness practice on retreat is accompanied with training in Compassion and Mindful Nature Connection meditations.
Most of the retreat is held in silence, with periods of sitting and walking meditation There are teaching talks, guided meditations, time for questions and answers and meetings with a teacher. Retreatants are encouraged to practice mindfulness in a continuous way, staying with their own present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. By cultivating awareness, clarity and kindness, we discover our path to inner freedom and a peaceful heart that is deeper, for the benefit or our relationship to our selves, our community and our wider world.
The teacher offer instructions, dharma talks and regularly scheduled practice meetings to provide guidance throughout the retreat. This retreat is at Mount Calvary Monastery & Guest House in Santa Barbara, CA.
RETREAT SCHEDULE: The daily rhythm of this retreat involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Meditation tradition.
COST: $740.00 for students of the Facilitator Training Program includes food and accommodation $230.00 additional for a Guaranteed Single Room with shared bath. There are a limited number of single rooms available so please reserve as soon as possible so that we can accommodate you on this retreat.
The cost of this retreat is alrteady discounted for students of the Facilitator Training Program. We will not be offereing scholarshiops for the retreat.
Registration is OPEN - register early as this retreat is open to the public, we cannot guarantee space if you register late.
Non-refundable Deposit: $200.00 due by October 13