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Retreat: Dealing with Depression and Loneliness

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December 9th to 12th, 2021 (Thursday 6:00 PM to Sunday 3:00 PM)
Registration Due Date: Friday, November 12th, 2021
Teacher: Bhante Sathi
Retreat Format: Hybrid (online and in-person)
Fee: In-person ($350), Online ($200)
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Depression comes in many forms. For some, depression can mean a constant feeling of loneliness, sadness, or dread. For others, it can mean a constant state of numbness or hopelessness. Contrary to what some believe, depression does not care how much money you have, what you do for a living, who you are married to, or what social group you associate yourself with. Depression can be strong, but we can help you be stronger. While depression, like any other mental illness, is not always cured through mental exercises alone, we can help you strengthen your mental wellbeing so you can overcome life’s challenges one day at a time. During this retreat, we will give you the mental techniques to recognize what depression is and how to overcome it with the help of mindfulness.

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

Retreat is limited to 20 guests please. Click here to register so you can reserve your spot!

Fee: For Online $200
For room and retreat $350
*fee only for the retreat expenses. most participants make additional donations for food and teacher.

Food: Vegetarian 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 same gender. If you have any preference of 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:

  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Opening Night Welcome & Introduction (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM: Group Discussion (group in-person & zoom)

Friday & Saturday Schedule:

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Optional sit led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:00 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM: Morning Teachings (group in-person & zoom)
  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Group Practice (group in-person & zoom)
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Lunch and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Q&A (group in-person & zoom)
  • 03:15 PM – 04:00 PM: Group Sitting (group in-person & zoom)
  • 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Mindful Motion with Yoga/Qigong (group in-person & zoom)
  • 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Walking/Movement Practice/Meal/Independent Practice (individual)
  • 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Teachings /Talk (group in-person & zoom)
  • 08:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Walking/Movement Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 PM – 09:00 PM: Chanting and Sitting (group in-person & zoom)

Sunday Closing Day:

  • 06:30 AM – 07:15 AM: Optional sit led by a volunteer practice leader (group in-person & zoom)
  • 07:15 AM – 08:30 AM: Meal and Independent Practice (individual)
  • 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Teaching and Meditation (group in-person & zoom)
  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM: Closing practice (group in-person & zoom)