The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat
This retreat will explore the intersection between the Dharma (the ancient wisdom teachings of the Buddha) and mindfulness-based interventions (predominantly Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT).
Secular and Therapeutic Mindfulness have been referred to as a Trojan Horse, or stealth Buddhism, a characterization that brings a variety of reactions. This retreat will work with the Dharma, and Inquiry, a central component of mindfulness programs believed to assist in self exploration, emotion and attention regulation and an increased ability to manage difficulty.
MBCT also makes explicit the intent of various practices within this context. This will also be explored as it relates to the Dharma. Thus the retreat will combine long periods of silence and a variety of practices with periods of inquiry into the meditative experience of retreat participants. Silence will be maintained outside the meditation hall.
Participants Will Learn
- to deepen their practice through periods of silence and inquiry
- about the intersection between Buddhist Teachings and Mindfulness-Based interventions
- to increase their self-reflective capacity using the components of their experience
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in Buddhist Psychology and/or mindfulness-based interventions with an existing mindfulness practice. Ideal for practitioners of mindfulness meditation who would like to develop their skills of inquiry and knowledge of the Dharma. All professionals who are teaching mindfulness-based interventions would benefit greatly from this retreat as would MBSR/MBCT program graduates.
Timing: Four-day silent retreat
Early Bird Registration (before October 11, 2017): $675
Regular Registration: $725
Payment, cancellation and refund policies
Costs & Donation
The fee below covers the cost of room and board only. The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization. The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and invited to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood.
There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.
• yoga mat
• meditation cushion
• a shawl or blanket if needed
• comfortable clothing
• indoor, soft-soled shoes, sandals or slippers
The retreat location is a scent-free environment. Cell phones are prohibited in all but the main floor phone booth in the Guest House. Use of electronic devices and other distractions such as computers and books is strongly discouraged.