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Mindfulness and Liberation – Meditation Retreat (November 14-17,2024)

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Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and inner peace with our 4-Day Buddhist Retreat: Mindfulness and Liberation. Rooted in the timeless wisdom of Buddhist teachings, this immersive retreat offers a profound opportunity to explore the depths of your mind, cultivate mindfulness, and experience the liberation that comes from understanding the nature of your own consciousness.

Highlights:

  1. Guided Meditation: Throughout the retreat, you'll engage in daily guided meditation sessions led by experienced meditation instructors. These sessions will help you develop mindfulness, enhance your concentration, and discover the power of a tranquil mind.
  2. Dharma Talks: Learn from seasoned Buddhist teachers as they share their insights on the core principles of Buddhism, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the concept of impermanence. Gain a deeper understanding of how these teachings can be applied to your daily life.
  3. Mindful Activities: Explore mindfulness in action through various activities, such as mindful walking, mindful eating, and mindful breathing exercises. These practical experiences will help you integrate mindfulness into your everyday routine.
  4. Silent Contemplation: Embrace the power of silence as you partake in periods of silent contemplation. Silence provides a space for self-reflection, inner exploration, and a deeper connection to your own inner wisdom.
  5. Noble Silence: Experience the profound practice of Noble Silence during specific segments of the retreat, allowing you to disconnect from the distractions of the outside world and truly focus on your inner journey.
  6. Yoga and Mindful Movement: Complement your meditation practice with gentle yoga and mindful movement sessions. These practices promote physical and mental well-being, enhancing your overall sense of balance and tranquility.
  7. Liberation Through Insight: Discover the path to liberation as you delve into the practice of Vipassana meditation. Learn to observe your thoughts, emotions, and sensations with equanimity, leading to a deeper sense of freedom and self-realization.
  8. Vegetarian Meals: Savor nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals that are not only healthy for the body but also in line with the principles of compassion and mindfulness.
  9. Community and Support: Connect with like-minded individuals who are on their own journey of self-discovery. Share your experiences, insights, and challenges in a supportive and compassionate community.
  10. Breathtaking Natural Setting: Immerse yourself in the serene and natural surroundings of our retreat center, providing the ideal backdrop for deepening your mindfulness practice.

This 4-Day Buddhist Retreat: Mindfulness and Liberation is a unique opportunity to unplug from the chaos of daily life, explore the depths of your consciousness, and cultivate a greater sense of peace, compassion, and inner freedom. Whether you are new to Buddhism or seeking to deepen your practice, this retreat offers a transformative and enriching experience that can lead to a more meaningful and harmonious life.

Join us on this transformative journey to find the path to mindfulness and liberation 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

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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