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2012 Fall Retreat with Anushka Fernandopulle

Insight Chicago Meditation Community

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee
Single Residential Ended $360.00 $20.79
Double Residential Ended $300.00 $17.49
Non-residential Ended $218.00 $12.98
Scholarship Deposit
Please select the highest rate you can reasonably afford. This allows us to better meet the growing number of requests for financial aid. Scholarship awardees may be assigned either a single or double depending on availability, or may request to attend as non-residential.
Ended $50.00 $3.74

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2012 Fall Retreat

September 27th to September 30th.

With Anushka Fernandopulle

Sponsored by Insight Chicago

Dates: 11:00am Thursday, September 27th, until 12:00 noon Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center
513 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614-5999


Located four blocks from Lake Michigan in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center provides a quiet atmosphere that is ideal for a meditation retreats. It has a courtyard which can be used for walking meditation if weather permits. The Cenacle has a friendly and helpful staff and is a comfortable and peaceful environment to conduct a retreat.

Retreat Description: Insight Chicago’s Fall Retreat will be held in Noble Silence. Retreatants will practice mindfulness meditation, which involves moment-to-moment observation of the body/mind process through calm and focused awareness. We shall use the Buddha’s principle instruction on meditation, the teaching on the four foundations of mindfulness, as our guide. This retreat is suitable for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. The teacher will provide instruction and discussion, dharma talks, and group meetings throughout the retreat.

Our teacher for this retreat is Anushka Fernandopulle. We are happy to welcome her to Chicago. Anushka has trained in mindfulness meditation and Buddhist practice for over 20 years, practicing in Theravada Buddhist monasteries in Asia and urban centers in the United States. She has spent about five years in intensive silent retreat over the course of her life.

Anushka Fernadapulle

She was invited to teach dharma in 1998 and has been formally teaching since 2006.Anushka has trained with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock and Joseph Goldstein atInsight Meditation Society in Barre Massachussetts.

Currently, Anushka is on the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the teaching team at San Francisco Insight Meditation Community,and is the main teacher for anLGBT meditation group in San Francisco as well as teaching frequently atEast Bay Meditation Centerin Oakland. She teaches and speaks at companies, organizations, and conferences around the US about the benefits of mindfulness and compassion.

Anushka was born and raised on the U.S. east coast and moved to San Francisco as an adult. Her family immigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka just before she was born. She enjoys music, dance, film and other creative arts. Though an urban dweller, she has spent considerable time in nature as a source of wisdom and fun. Anushka is interested in local politics and serves as a mayoral appointee to the San Francisco Citizen’s Committee on Community Development, a commission that advises the city on community development policy. She is also involved in movements for social justice and equality.

Cost: Costs include three meals a day and all expenses pertaining to your stay at the Cenacle. All meals will be vegan with other vegetarian food (eggs and cheese) available. If you have any dietary restrictions please contact Joe Gaziano retreat manager (at or call 708-488-9484) before the retreat.

The cost per person for the retreat is as follows:

  Until August 27th 2012 After August27th 20012
Single $360 $395
Double $300 $335
Non Residential $218 $253

Dona: The teachings are offered freely but there will be an opportunity to make a donation (dana) to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

Registration: Space is limited (15 singles 4 doubles and 5 non-residential) so early registration is highly recommended. Confirmation will be made on a first come basis. If registration becomes full, there will be a waiting list for those who are still interested in attending. To register,select a Single Room, Double Room or Non-Residential ticket, click Order Now for credit cards or other payment type for check, and fill out the registration information. You should receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite after you register. A week or two before the retreat you will receive information on the Cenacle and what to expect and bring to the retreat.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations before August 27 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after August 27 until September 10th will receive a refund less $50. No refunds after September 10th.

Questions? Contact Joe Gaziano via email at or call 708-488-9484.


Have questions about 2012 Fall Retreat with Anushka Fernandopulle? Contact Insight Chicago Meditation Community

When & Where

513 W. Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, 60614-5999

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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