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Qi Gong in the Park with Bhante Kovida
Learning Chi Gong in Chaska, MN

Get your chi flowing!

This 3-day seminar will allow you to:

  • Learn Chi Gong, an active meditation technique.
  • Focus your mind with walking meditation.
  • Practice and experience mindful eating.
  • Learn about and experience the chi (energy) in your body.
  • Learn the benefits of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
  • Experience a healthy and peaceful lifestyle that includes loving yourself.
  • Meet one-on-one with the teacher.

Bhante Kovida will teach you to become more focused and mindful of your inner self. This will help you to:

  • Overcome dissatisfaction, and discontentment.
  • Overcome mental and emotional suffering.
  • Gain an appreciation of what is happening in the present moment and the sacredness of silence and nature.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the human condition and one-self, so there is less confusion, frustration, fear, and anxiety.
  • Increase your mental stability, patience, and empathy in daily life.
  • Become more confident in dealing with emotions and moods and compulsive thinking.
  • Learn how to deal with challenging situations and people.

By practicing mindfulness you gain control.
As you become more mindful, you become more responsible for your speech and actions responding with greater calmness, acceptance, and patience. Instead of reacting abruptly and being a slave to cravings, frustrations, anxieties, and fears you will learn how to observe and deal with things with clarity and calm.

When:
Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 9th.
The retreat begins at 6 pm on Friday and ends at 3 pm on Sunday.

Where:
Metta Meditation Center
3864 420th Avenue
Janesville, MN 56048

Cost: 
This retreat abides by the spirit of Dana, The Practice of Giving.

Suggested donation for 3-day retreat, meals, and a private room $325.
Donation for 3-day retreat, meals, sharing a room $300. (Rooms can be shared by people of the same gender or own family member.)

This donation covers expenses for lodgings, food, travel expenses for guest instructors and the use of the Center.  This donation does not include any donation for the teachers which can be provided with your initial donation, or at any time during the retreat. Checks, cash, or credit cards are accepted.

Scholarships for this retreat may be available contact Bhante Sathi for more information.

Often people double their donation to cover the cost of scholarships others who want to attend the retreat but cannot afford the cost.

Please be generous in your support and include a gift for the monks and supporting the Center.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Registration: 
Please register before May 5, 2019.
This seminar is limited to 40 people.

Register for the retreat here. (Yes, get your chi flowing!)

Retreat Details

Meals:
A complete breakfast and lunch will be provided with lighter options in the evening. All meals are vegan. You are welcome to bring any snacks to share although refrigeration space is limited.

If for any medical reason you need to take meals, you may bring your own food items in a container with your name clearly marked on it.

Special meal requirements can be noted on the registration form.

Accommodation:
You will be assigned a room when register. The accommodations are not luxurious, but quite adequate for the purpose of the retreat. There is a scenic view of the lake and the meditation hall is quiet and spacious. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you may have a roommate.

If you have any preference for a roommate or prefer a single room, please let us know in advance.

Please bring either a sleeping bag or bed linens. If you have a favorite pillow, bring it along.

Accessibility:
Rooms and meeting areas are accessible although the dining area and kitchen are on the second floor. Accommodations can be made for meals. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs.

Attendance:
Retreat participants are strongly encouraged to attend the entire retreat. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing:

  • Clothing worn during the retreat should cover the entire body. For example, long pants are preferred over shorts.
  • Short sleeve shirts are acceptable though sleeveless shirts should be avoided.
  • Pack comfortable clothing and dress in layers. Sweat pants and other comfy clothes are popular.
  • Please avoid heavily scented perfumes/products. Members of the community are sensitive to certain scents.
  • Here is a checklist that will help you pack.

Additional Ways You Can Support the Retreat:

We believe these teachings are extremely valuable, thus assigning a value to these teachings is an impossible task. You can extend your generosity by:

  • Support the Teacher - At any time during the retreat, make a donation to support the teacher, or to help cover the costs of the Center. If there is a guest teacher, their travel expenses must be covered.
  • Scholarship Donations - Include a scholarship donation to allow other people to attend.
  • Offer a Meal - It is an ancient Buddhist tradition for the community to joyfully support, nourish, and feed people, especially monks and whoever engages in the intensive spiritual practice, thereby practicing good effort. Therefore, we present you with the opportunity to practice your good effort (dana), by sponsoring a meal or meals for monks, retreat participants or for all parties during the retreat. A fully equipped kitchen is available.
  • Monetary Donations - Can be presented in-person at the Monks Residence, by mail, or via the internet. Please send your donations by mail to 212 N Chestnut St, Chaska, MN 55318. Please make checks payable to Triple Gem Of The North.

Retreat Agenda

Thursday
4:30 pm Registration
5:15 pm Instruction and Dynamic Mindfulness
6:00 pm Sitting Meditation and Loving Kindness Meditation
7:00 pm Tea and snack
8:00 pm Guided Discussion and mindful chanting
9:30 pm End of the day Friday and Saturday,

Each full day of the retreat
6:00 am Chi gong movements
6:30 am Group meditation
7:00 am Breakfast and cleaning
8:30 am Walking and nature meditation
9:00 am Teaching
10:00 am Group meditation (walking and sitting)
11:15 am Lunch
12:00 pm Personal time
2:00 pm Teaching
3:00 pm Group meditation (walking/sitting/interviews)
4:00 pm Chi gong movements
5:00 pm Group meditation
6:00 pm Dharma talk
7:00 pm Tea and snack
8:00 pm Guided discussion and mindful chanting
9:30 pm End of day.

Sunday  (After Lunch)
1:00 pm Clean up
2:00 pm Teaching Q&A - Sitting Meditation - Interviews
3:00 pm End

Reserve your spot at this retreat by registering today.

About the Teacher

Bhante Kovida

Bhante Kovida is of Chinese descent. He grew up on the tropical island of Jamaica, West Indies and immigrated to Canada where he did some scientific studies. He traveled overland from Europe to India and Nepal, via Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan and began the study of Indian history and culture, hatha yoga and meditation, and Buddhism.

After doing some social development work in Sri Lanka, Bhante Kovida took ordination with Venerable Balangoda Anandamaitreya, a noted scholar, teacher, and meditation practitioner.

Since then he has been traveling and sharing the Dhamma (Buddha's teachings) in several countries, including Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe, and throughout Canada.

He is visiting the Metta Meditation Center from Canada to teach this seminar.


Video of the Qi Gong class Bhante Kovida taught at Triple Gem in Chaska, Minnesota, 2018.


Reserve your spot at this retreat by registering today.