May 2020

04May(May 4)2:00 PM10(May 10)11:30 AMEquanimity Retreat -- Online Only2:00 PM - 11:30 AM (10) Online Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; Sharda Rogell; Anthony 'T' Maes (qigong); bruni dávila (assistant); Shelly Graf (assistant) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday, May 4, 2:00pm – Sunday, May 10, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $240-$1700; Code 350R20.
Registration is now closed; it closed midnight on Sunday, May 3rd.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is now offered online only, on a sliding scale basis from $240-$1700. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

This retreat is designed for an at-home schedule and experience.


Retreat Description:
During this time of great personal and global uncertainty and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need wisdom, mindfulness, and balance more than ever. These are the qualities that allow us to respond to the needs of the world around us and within us. And yet, often we may feel out of balance. Because of fear, frustration, and anger towards our immediate experiences, we might yearn for what we don’t have and feel shut down and overwhelmed by the size of our challenges.

This at-home residential retreat allows us to integrate the teachings with our everyday life. We will gather together online to explore the wisdom and practices that strengthen warm Equanimity and explore how it balances the other beautiful qualities of the heart. And as a support, we will engage in the embodiment practice of Qi Gong. Like tuning a many stringed guitar, when the heart is well balanced and each string is tuned, beautiful music can be played by a skilled musician. The power of true Equanimity is our refuge that allows us to stand in the middle of what is true, and from this middle point, we can move into skillful actions to care for ourselves and others.

Daily Schedule (Pacific Time)
Monday, May 4:
12:00 p.m. Meditation Hall opens for Open House Technical Testing (if needed)
1:30 p.m.   Break
1:45 p.m.   Meditation Hall Opens / Arrive and Settle
2:00 p.m.   Formal Opening / Welcoming Talk
3:30 p.m.    Break
3:40 p.m.    Sitting Meditation
4:15 p.m.    Instructions for Walking Meditation / Walking Meditation
4:50 p.m.   Closing Talk and Dedication
5:15 p.m.    Ending

Tuesday, May 5 — Saturday, May 9:
7:00-8:00 a.m. – Personal early practice – Sitting / Walking / Qigong (on your own or using posted qigong videos)
9:00 a.m.    Arrive and Settle
9:15 a.m.    Morning Teaching / Sitting / Discussion
10:30 a.m.   Walking Meditation
11:15 a.m.   Community Sit with Practice Leader; Practice Discussion Meetings (if assigned); POC Affinity Group
12:00 p.m.   Lunch Break
1:50 p.m.    Arrive and Settle
2:00 p.m.    Dharma Talk / Q&A
3:00 p.m.    Walking Meditation
3:45 p.m.    Community Sit with Practice Leader; Practice Discussion Meetings (if assigned); LGBTQI Affinity Group
4:30 p.m.    Qigong or Walking Meditation
5:00 p.m.    Community Gathering / Q&A / Closing Metta
5:30 p.m.    Ending

Sunday, May 10:  Closing Day
10:00 a.m.   Closing session
11:30 a.m.    End of Retreat

Bolded sessions indicate all are encouraged to attend.

General Information

Cancellation Policy:
$100 – Up to 2 days prior to your retreat.
No refunds as of 2 days before.

Teacher(s)

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