Retreats

Ram Dass & Friends: The Spiritual Path of Relationship: Renew Your Love & Joy, October 5-10, 2011, Hana, Maui

Relationships are a path of spiritual and emotional growth, providing optimum opportunities to expand our capacity for love.

You and a Loved One are invited to renew your Love and Joy in the tropical paradise of “Heavenly Hana,” home to spectacular waterfalls, bamboo forests, miles of pristine shoreline, and picturesque beaches.

During this retreat, Ram Dass will share insights, wisdom, and contemplations on the yoga of relationships. Visit his home for ceremony, celebration, and pool-side teachings. Daily Meditation and Dharma talks with Therese Fitzgerald. Partner Yoga and Kirtan with Govindas & Radha.

Details: $2,500 per person; $5,000 per pair
Retreat Capacity: 8 pairs—Only a few spaces left!
Pairs = life partners, married couples, parent/grown child, dearest friends

For full registration information, see
www.regonline.com

Profound Present-Centered Living
A Mindfulness Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald
The Stone House, Mebane, North Carolina(near Chapel Hill)
Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16, 2011

Buddhist practice and teachings can help attune us to knowing ourselves and connecting deeply with our experience. During a retreat, conditions are particularly favorable for showing us this way of sanity and peace. Removed from the usual distractions and preoccupations, we have the best chance to notice what is going on within and around us.

Stopping or calming is the first function of meditation. Stopping forgetfulness. Stopping dwelling in the past or the future in ways that prevent us from centering profoundly in the present moment. The retreat will provide quiet and supportive practices and teachings that help us slow down, stop, look, and see our mind-hearts. Once we can focus and see things more clearly, we have a better chance of affecting and accepting reality, a better chance at meeting life with insight and understanding.

Talks by Dharma teacher Therese Fitzgerald will focus on the foundational base of the Threefold Trainings in Buddhism-training in discipline or moral conduct, concentration, and wisdom. Questions will be explored, such as these: “What are our guiding lights on the path of non-harming?” “How do I know when my intentions and actions are right and true?” “How do I focus in meditation practice and in my life?” “What are the conditions in my life that are favorable to the arising of insight and the cultivation of wisdom?” How are these three trainings interrelated?

Therese Fitzgerald received Dharmacharya ordination by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and Soto Zen priest ordination by Richard Baker-roshi in 1986. She is co-founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching and Vietnamese social work base in the United States. Together with Maxine Hong Kingston, Therese helped start the Veterans’ Writing Group. She now lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Co-director of Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat.

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Meditation Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald
October 20-23, 2011 
Aravaipa Canyon Ranch, Mammoth, Arizona

Buddhist practice & teachings can help attune us to knowing ourselves and connecting deeply with our experience. During a retreat, conditions are particularly favorable for showing us this way of sanity and peace. Removed from the usual distractions and preoccupations, we have the best chance to notice what is going on within and around us. This retreat will provide quiet and supportive practices and teachings that help us slow down, stop, look, and see our mind-hearts. Once we can focus and see things more clearly, we have a better chance of affecting and accepting reality, a better chance at meeting life with insight and understanding.

Dharma talks will focus on the Threefold Trainings in Buddhism—moral conduct, concentration, and wisdom. Questions will be explored, such as: “What are our guiding lights on the path of non-harming?” “How do I know when my intentions and actions are right and true?” “What are the conditions in my life that are favorable to the arising of insight and the cultivation of wisdom?” “How are these three trainings interrelated?”

The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and discussion groups. Noble Silence will be observed outside the dharma discussion. Private interviews will be available. The retreat is for both experienced practitioners and novices. There will be time to enjoy the peaceful grounds and hiking trails by Aravaipa State Park. Vegetarian meals with gluten-free and vegan options, indoor bedrooms, sleeping porch, a 2nd floor deck open to the stars, and tenting available. Check-in 3:30-5:00 Thursday. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday. Attendance for the full retreat is required.

Cost of the retreat: The registration fee ($215-$315) covers lodging for three nights and meals. We offer a sliding scale fee and some scholarship aid. See registration form for details. The registration fees also cover travel expenses, lodging, and meals for the teacher. Fees provide no direct payment for the teacher. Registration questions may be directed to Barbara Rose Gaynor at 520-881-7768 or brgaynor@cox.net.

Therese Fitzgerald received Dharmacharya ordination by Thich Nhat Hanh and Soto Zen priest ordination by Richard Baker-roshi. She is co-founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching and Vietnamese social work base in the United States. Together with Maxine Hong Kingston, Therese helped start the Veterans’ Writing Group. She now lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Co-Director of Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat.

Singing Bird Sangha was established in 1997 to practice mindful living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We meet regularly for meditation, including sitting, walking, and singing, and for teachings and dharma discussion. Additional opportunities for nurturing and support of our Buddhist practice are provided through retreats, mindful eating, tea ceremonies, and other social functions and practices. Visit: www.singingbirdsangha.org

 

Meditation Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald
October 26-30, 2011, Camp Mitchell, Morrilton, outside Little Rock, Arkansas

Discover an opportunity for peace and rejuvenation for five days and four nights on beautiful Petit Jean Mountain.

Buddhist practice and teachings can help attune us to knowing ourselves and connecting deeply with our experience. During a retreat, conditions are particularly favorable for showing us this way of sanity and peace. Removed from the usual distractions and preoccupations, we have the best chance to notice what is going on within and around us.

Stopping or calming is the first function of meditation. Stopping forgetfulness. Stopping dwelling in the past or the future in ways that prevent us from centering profoundly in the present moment. The retreat will provide quiet and sup- portive practices and teachings that help us slow down, stop, look, and see our mind-hearts. Once we can focus and see things more clearly, we have a better chance of affecting and accepting reality, a better chance at meeting life with in- sight and understanding.

Talks by Dharma teacher Therese Fitzgerald will focus on the foundational base of the Threefold Trainings in Buddhism—training in discipline or moral con- duct, concentration, and wisdom. Questions will be explored, such as these: “What are our guiding lights on the path of non-harming?” “How do I know when my intentions and actions are right and true?” “How do I focus in meditation prac- tice and in my life?” “What are the conditions in my life that are favorable to the arising of insight and the cultivation of wisdom?” How are these three trainings interrelated?

For more information, contact Rebecca Kilmer: 501-366-9995, rebkilmer@gmail.com.

Therese Fitzgerald received Dharmacharya ordination by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and Soto Zen priest ordination by Richard Baker-roshi in 1986. She is co-founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching and Vietnamese social work base in the United States. Together with Maxine Hong Kingston, Therese helped start the Veterans’ Writing Group. She now lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher, chaplain at the Maui Community Correctional Center, and Co-Director of Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat.

 

Weekend of Peace and Insight with Therese Fitzgerald
November 5-6, 2011, Meditation Mount, Ojai, California

A non-residential weekend retreat led by Dharma teacher Therese Fitzgerald, we will gather on top of Meditation Mount overlooking the sacred Ojai Valley where we will practice meditation—sitting, walking, and mindful eating—in an atmosphere of deep and reflective quiet. Therese will offer teachings on ways that living in mindfulness can nourish us and open the way to deeper understanding.

We will focus on the foundational base of the Threefold Trainings in Buddhism-training in discipline or moral conduct, concentration, and wisdom. Questions will be explored, such as these:  “What are our guiding lights on the path of non-harming?” “How do I know when my intentions and actions are right and true?” “How do I focus in meditation practice and in my life?” “What are the conditions in my life that are favorable to the arising of insight and the cultivation of wisdom?” How are these three trainings interrelated?

Buddhist practice and teachings can help attune us to knowing ourselves and connecting deeply with our experience. During a retreat, conditions are particularly favorable for showing us this way of sanity and peace. Removed from the usual distractions and preoccupations, we have the best chance to notice what is going on within and around us.

Therese Fitzgerald received Dharmacharya ordination by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and Soto Zen priest ordination by Richard Baker-Roshi in 1986. She is co-founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching and Vietnamese social work base in the United States. Together with Maxine Hong Kingston, Therese helped start the Veterans’ Writing Group. She now lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Co-director of Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat.

A wonderful vegetarian lunch will be served both days created famous by LA Chef Bryan Eu.

Weekend Cost $250.00

For more information, contact Marilyn Pranno, 415-892-2282, marilyn@nkbmedia.com.

 


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