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Compassion, Kindness, Joy and Balance: A Weekend Retreat in the Mountains
Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 7:00 PM – Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT
Join us June 16-18 for a weekend of fellowship, exploration, meditation and mindfulness. This retreat will explore bravery and courage through the realization of compassion and kindness. By exploring ways to live a wholehearted life, we can connect to our vulnerability gently and be our true selves.
The weekend takes place in Sweet Valley, PA, just two hours north of Philadelphia. We can carpool together on Friday evening and return Sunday afternoon. The retreat will include guided and silent meditations, live and recorded talks, exercises and practices as well as time to enjoy the 30-acre property and surrounding environment. The cost of the retreat includes sleeping accommodations and all programming. Meals are not included but will be organized by the participants to create a sense of community.
So how does this all work?
Who: 6-15 individuals of all experience levels who have an intention to explore how bravery and courage can be cultivated through meditative practices. Invitees have participated in local groups at Main Line Unitarian Church, Mindful Men Meeting and Penn Program for Mindfulness. The retreat will be led by Marc Balcer with support from experienced meditators.
When: Depart in carpools from Philadelphia-area around 5 pm on Friday, June 16. We will meet briefly on Friday evening. We will depart early Sunday afternoon at arrive in Philadelphia by 4 pm.
Where: The retreat will be held on a 30-acre property in Sweet Valley, PA, just down the street from Ricketts Glen State Park. Three homes provide a total of eight bedrooms.
Why: Each person comes to this practice with their own inspiration and motivation. What unites us is a sincere desire to be present for our experience and support others on this path. We are all very busy! This retreat will allow us to slow down and relax.
Registration: Pre-registration is required and can be completed through the link above with payment by credit card, paypal, or check. The cost of the retreat is $150 which includes programming and a place to sleep. Enter the discount code "EARLY" to receive a 25% discount when you register before October 15. A limited number of single, private rooms (shared bathroom) are available for an additional $50. Discounts available if resources are an issue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation: A 90% refund will be provided up to three weeks before the event. Between one and two weeks before the event, a 50% refund will be provided.
Format: The retreat will include silent and guided meditation, talks and discussions, opportunities for outdoor exploration and mindful practices. All practices will be accessible to beginner and advanced meditators alike. We will observe silence outside of retreat programs from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. A sample schedule is provided below:
7:30 - Breakfast in Silence
8:30 - Dharma Talk
9:15 - Discussion
10:00 - Guided Meditation
10:30 - Break
11:15 - Walking meditation or movement
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Deep Relaxation Body Scan
3:00 - Recreation/Hike, etc.
5:00 - Break & Dinner Prep
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Talk on Lovingkindness
8:15 - Guided Meditation
8:30 - Discussion
What to bring for the retreat: Chairs will be provided. Please bring any mats, cushions, blankets or supplies that will support your meditative practice. It can get a bit drafty so bring layers as well as outdoor gear including hiking shoes for recreation. You will be contacted prior to the retreat to coordinate food and meals. A full kitchen and refrigerator is available at all times.
Guides: Marc Balcer has been trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Management. He leads classes and workshops locally and has created offerings including Mindful Men Meeting, Meditation Sustaining Practice and Mindful Sports for Teens. Marc has led and co-led retreats on inquiry, self-compassion and mind-body connection. Joining Marc will be experienced meditators and teachers who will share their own practices.