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Self-Awakening: A Journey of the Seven Factors (September 26-29, 2024)

September 26th-29th, 2024 (Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)

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Join us for a profound exploration of self-awakening in our upcoming retreat, where we will delve into the transformative power of the Seven Factors of Awakening. These seven factors, rooted in ancient Buddhist wisdom, provide a roadmap to inner growth and self-realization. Our retreat, scheduled from September 26 to 29, will guide you on a path to self-discovery and mindfulness.

Key Elements of the Retreat:

Seven Factors of Awakening: During this retreat, we will deeply immerse ourselves in the understanding and practice of the Seven Factors of Awakening:

  • Mindfulness (Sati)
  • Keen investigation of the Dhamma (Dhammavicaya)
  • Energy (Viriya)
  • Rapture or Happiness (Piti)
  • Calm (Passaddhi)
  • Concentration (Samadhi)
  • Equanimity (Upekkha)
  1. In-Depth Study: Our experienced instructors will guide you in a comprehensive exploration of each of the seven factors. Through guided meditation, insightful discussions, and practical exercises, you will gain a profound understanding of these principles.
  2. Integration into Daily Life: We understand the importance of applying these teachings in your everyday life. You will learn how to seamlessly integrate the Seven Factors of Awakening into your daily routines, fostering personal growth and lasting change.
  3. Personal Transformation: Experience a personal transformation as you navigate your way through the seven factors. Develop skills to cultivate mindfulness, find joy in the present moment, and maintain equanimity even in challenging circumstances.
  4. Community and Support: Connect with a supportive and like-minded community, sharing your journey of self-awakening and learning from the experiences of others.
  5. Beautiful Natural Setting: Our retreat takes place in a serene and natural environment, allowing you to harmonize with nature while embarking on your path of self-awakening.

Join us on September 26-29 for the Self-Awakening Retreat, an opportunity to explore the profound wisdom of the Seven Factors of Awakening, awaken your true potential, and uncover a sense of inner peace and clarity. Whether you are new to these concepts or wish to deepen your practice, this retreat offers a transformative experience that will enrich your spiritual journey. Discover the path to self-awakening and inner harmony within yourself.

Teacher: Bhante Sathi, Sathi has been practicing meditation for more than 35 years and teaching for 25 years. Sathi has traveled all over the United States and Europe to lead meditation retreats and workshops. Sathi is the founder and leading teacher at the Metta meditation center.

Retreat Format: In-person only

Fee: $420, which includes food and lodging. Additionally, there is a discounted rate of $370 for sponsors of the Triplegem. (Sponsors are individuals who generously contribute through monthly donations surpassing $100 or more.)

Dāna (Pali, Generosity): Please note that the retreat fee covers the Center’s expenses of hosting participants. It is customary to make additional donations for the teacher and meals.

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Food: Vegan breakfast and lunch will be provided. dinner will be a light snack.

Accommodation: This retreat is at the Metta Meditation Center. Your allocated room will be given at the time of registration. You will find 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. Bedrooms are conveniently accessible. There are separate quarters for male and female participants. Most rooms have two beds so you will likely have a roommate. Rooms will be assigned based on the same gender. If you have any preference for a roommate or a single room, please let us know in advance.

Attendance: Retreat participants are asked and strongly encouraged to start and end the retreat with the entire group. Any exceptions to this are only made by the teacher with special permission granted.

Clothing and Other Details: 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. Clothing should be comfortable. Also, heavily scented perfumes/products should be avoided. There are members of the community who are sensitive to certain scents.

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Retreat Itinerary

Thursday Night Schedule

  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening night - Welcome & Introduction
  • 07:00 PM – 07:45 PM: Sitting Meditation
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion 

Friday & Saturday Schedule

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A
  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM: Group sitting
  • 04:30 PM – 05:30 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Guided discussion

Sunday Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Morning teachings
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Walking and sitting practice
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Mindful moments
  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Lunch and independent practice 
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Cleaning
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Closing practice


If attending the retreat in person:

  • Location: Google Maps has been known to take our guests to the main house rather than the center. When you arrive, you’ll pull into a gravel road on the highway, simply keep driving until you see a large yellow building on your left-hand side next to a large white cross. That is where the Center is.
  • Accommodations: The registration fee is inclusive of a room and meals. Rooms are dorm-style with shared bathrooms.
  • Clothing: Try to bring comfortable clothing as you will be spending a lot of time conducting various types of meditation and mindfulness practices.
  • Toiletries: Try to avoid bringing heavily scented items and some individuals are sensitive to such products.
  • Food: We provide food for you. If you need to bring your own food for whatever reason, we encourage you to put your name on the food and place it in the fridge located on the main floor. We can show you where that is when you check in.
  • Towels and sheets: Please keep in mind that we do not provide linens for your stay as we only have a few extra. We recommend bringing a set of twin sheets and some towels. If you forget these items, we can help you out by letting you borrow some of our extras.

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