June 2020

11Jun(Jun 11)1:30 PM17(Jun 17)10:30 AMAwareness and Wisdom: An Insight Retreat in the Style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya -- Online Only1:30 PM - 10:30 AM (17) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Alexis Santos; Andrea Fella; Carol Wilson; Mark Nunberg; Franz Moeckl (movement); Neesha Patel (assistant) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, June 11 – Wednesday, June 17; 7 days (includes 2 partial days at either end). Daily schedule below.
Sliding Scale: $25 – $2200, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 360R20.

This retreat is currently full.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is now offered online only. 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 will be modified for an at-home schedule and experience.

Retreat Description:
This online retreat will be largely taught in the style of Sayadaw U Tejaniya. We’re excited to be offering this form of practice as it is particularly well suited to continuity of awareness in daily life as well as formal sitting and walking.

For the daily schedule, there will be two sessions per day: a morning instruction sitting, and an afternoon sitting with a Dharma reflection. In addition each retreatant will have 2 one-hour small practice group meetings during the course of the retreat; and Qigong/movement practice by pre-recorded sessions.

You will be have the opportunity to explore your own rhythms of sitting and walking during the retreat as you discover new ways to bring awareness practice into your home life.

We look forward to being together in virtual community and supporting your practice during these uncertain times.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya will not be present on this retreat.

Note: By signing up for this retreat, students commit to attend two large group practice meetings each day and a small group every-other-day.

Daily Large Group Practice Periods with Teachers
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Main Instruction Period
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sitting with Reflection

Small Group Meetings with Teachers
Each student will meet with a teacher in small groups for one hour at two different times during the retreat. Timing for the practice meetings are yet to be determined. Students will have a choice of times and teachers.

We will offer pre-recorded QiGong sessions from Franz Moeckl. You’re invited to weave these into your practice day as it works for you.

Individual Practice Periods – on own, away from Zoom
The retreat schedule was developed with a deep sense of home integration in mind. In addition to the group online experiences, the teachers will suggest that practitioners sit and walk in your own rhythms throughout the course of the retreat and will offer instructions on how to best do that within the framework of home practice.

Retreat Dates: Thursday, June 11 – Wednesday, June 17
PLEASE NOTE: All times shown are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Bolded sessions indicate all are encouraged to attend

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Opening Day

  • 1:30 p.m. – Meditation Hall opens for Open House Technical Zoom Testing
    (for retreatants needing Zoom support)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Break – Main Hall Closed
  • 3:15 p.m. – Meditation Hall Opens / Arrive and Settle
  • 3:30 p.m. – Formal Opening Session
  • 5:30 p.m. – End of Day

Friday, June 12 — Tuesday, June 16

  • 8:15 a.m. – Arrive and Settle
  • 8:30 a.m. – Instruction Period
  • 9:30 a.m. – Open Practice Time
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Practice Meetings (Saturday-Tuesday)
    or Open Practice Time (if not scheduled for a Practice Meeting)
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. – Open Practice Time *No RCs hosting during this time
  • 1:30 p.m. – Sitting Meditation OR Affinity Group Sits
    – POC Sits: Friday, Sunday, Tuesday
    – LGBTQI Sits: Saturday, Monday
  • 2:15 p.m. – Open Practice Time or Qigong (recording available on demand)
  • 3:45 p.m. – Arrive and Settle
  • 4:00 p.m. – Sit and Reflections
  • 5:00 p.m. – End of Day

Wednesday, June 17 – Closing Day

  • 8:15 a.m. – Arrive and Settle
  • 8:30 a.m. – Closing Session
  • 10:30 p.m. – End of Retreat

General Information

Please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat.


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