External, Internal, and Eternal: Being Nature, Together
Held in noble silence, in this retreat we will bring loving curiosity to the direct experience of the external/internal relationship to sounds, sites, smells, textures and tastes of the natural world. Meditation halls have their benefits, but what if we turned a mountainside, a prairie, or riverbank into our meditation hall? Most of this retreat will be held outdoors. We will practice opening the senses to what’s right in front of us and all around us, developing tranquility and insight through an exploration of our own nature and our place in the nature of things. This retreat is a qualifying retreat for anyone pursuing MBSR teacher training.
”Every effort is made to support a deep and fruitful retreat, and noble silence is a valuable part of the process. With exceptions for dharma talks and other modes of support, and special discussions and exercises in the afternoons of the first week, we will be in silence.On Noble Silence~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Approximate Daily Schedule
We awaken at first light, hot water and coffee are available, and we meditate outside. Then breakfast is put out, and everyone eats and then packs their lunch. Daily activities include being out on the land doing sitting, walking, and hiking meditation, including meditation instruction, with teacher support including individual and small group practice discussions. After dinner there is an evening meditation, followed by a dharma talk around the campfire, and then bedtime or optional practice when it gets dark.