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End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat: A Journey Within (December 14-21,2024)

Dates: December 14-21 (Starts Saturday, December 14th, 3 pm - Ends Saturday, December 21st, 12pm)

Description:

As the year draws to a close, allow yourself the gift of profound self-discovery, inner peace, and mindfulness at our End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat. This residential retreat, taking place from December 14th to December 21st, 2024, offers a unique opportunity for extended immersion in the timeless practice of Vipassana meditation.

Key Aspects of the Residential Retreat:

  1. Vipassana Meditation: Dive deep into the ancient art of Vipassana meditation, a practice that invites you to observe the true nature of your mind and emotions. This technique can lead to profound insights, mental clarity, and inner tranquility.
  2. Silent Retreat: Experience the transformative power of silence as you engage in extended periods of contemplation and meditation. Disconnect from the external noise and distractions to connect with your inner self.
  3. Guided Meditation: Benefit from the guidance of experienced meditation instructors who will lead you through Vipassana meditation sessions. Their expertise will help you refine your practice and deepen your insights.
  4. Practical Mindfulness: Discover how to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life. Learn to bring heightened awareness to daily activities such as walking, eating, and communication, enabling you to live more mindfully.
  5. Noble Silence: Embrace the practice of Noble Silence, a powerful tool for self-reflection and heightened self-awareness. By reducing external distractions, you can connect with your inner world on a profound level.
  6. Nutritious Vegetarian Cuisine: Nourish your body and spirit with wholesome and delicious vegetarian meals. This dietary choice complements your meditation practice and supports your overall well-being.
  7. Supportive Community: Forge connections with a like-minded community of fellow retreatants. Share your experiences, insights, and challenges, and find encouragement on your path of self-discovery.
  8. Scenic Residential Setting: The retreat unfolds in a serene and picturesque residential environment. The tranquil surroundings provide an ideal backdrop for deepening your meditation practice and fostering a deeper connection with nature.

Join Us:

This End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat is your opportunity to close the year with a profound journey within. Take a break from the demands of daily life and explore the depths of your consciousness. Discover inner peace, wisdom, and the tranquility that resides within you.

Reserve your spot today and start the new year with a renewed sense of purpose, mindfulness, and self-awareness. The End-of-Year Vipassana Retreat promises a transformative experience that can guide you towards a more centered and harmonious life.

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: $750, which includes food and lodging. There is also a discounted rate of $700 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

Saturday

  • 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM: checking
  • 04:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Teaching
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Supper
  • 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Practice 

Sunday to Tuesday

  • 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 – 05:00 PM: Group sitting
  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Sitting Practice

Wednesday to Friday

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and independent practice
  • 08:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Morning teachings
  • 09:30 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 – 05:00 PM: Group sitting
  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Mindful motion with Yoga or Qigong
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Snack or dinner
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Guided discussion
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Sitting Practice

Closing Day

  • 06:00 AM – 07:00 AM: Mindful movements
  • 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and Independent Practice 
  • 08:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Teaching and Meditation 
  • 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM : Cleaning
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Closing
  • 12:00 PM Lunch

Logistics

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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