$200 – $350

January 2018 - Weekend Circling Interpersonal Meditation Retreat

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The Monastic Academy

751 Page Road

Lowell, VT 05847

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Weekend Meditation & Circling Retreat

Join the eleven full-time trainees at the Monastic Academy and a small group of guests as we synthesize formal meditation and circling (interpersonal meditation) for our second weekend retreat.


Circling is a matrix of interpersonal practices, principles, and distinctions that allow people to relate with each other far below the content of words. It brings people into direct contact with the dynamics that underlie relationships and invites them to use this rich interpersonal field as a place from which to glean understanding and healing. Often by dropping views and slipping deeper into the immediate experience of relationships a doorway to a world beyond words opens, offering a taste of transcendence.


This provocative, and alternately unnerving and deeply calming practice of circling will be complemented by a foray into traditional practices of mindfulness of breathing and the body. The skills that we learn in working directly with our own minds in turn support working with others and vice versa. A rich synergy between personal and group practice emerges. Most of the weekend time will be dedicated towards circling practice with others.


The weekend introduces people to the basics of circling including group exercises, guided meditations, and and circling sessions. It’s is open to anyone interested in meditation and circling. The weekend schedule will also include traditional meditation including chanting, silent sitting practice, walking meditation, and more. The schedule is rich and full, but you may adapt it to your needs. The retreat is designed to fit anyone from complete beginner to experienced practitioners. Please send any questions to info@monasticacademy.com.


The Monastic Academy, known for its commitment to training formal meditation, serves as an excellent base for exploring the emerging field of interpersonal meditation. We are the only retreat center (maybe only residential community) in the world that regularly practices circling on a weekly basis and have been doing so for over two years.


Testimonials from October Circling Retreat:

"The retreat was amazing, eye and heart opening for me! I returned from it changed! It is so healing to be fully received and loved unconditionally with presence for who you truly are." - Catherine

"I felt safe going to challenging places within myself and was glad to support others in the same. And the food, accommodations, and beautiful setting were all amazing!" - Anonymous

"Full of curiosity and interest, I jumped in without many expectations or knowledge of where I was going...I felt at ease to express my feelings and thoughts, but also my needs. I felt like I was offered a safe, loving, and welcoming container, to explore my experience, whatever it might be." - Stécie

"Wow! What a uniquely special retreat where we can more deeply connect on an authentic level with ourselves and others in a safe environment. I highly recommend this for anyone remotely interested in either meditation or circling!" - Anonymous


Price:

Single and shared bedrooms available with Early Bird Registration until December 15th.


There are limited volunteer openings for discount and financial aid if you cannot pay the full amount. To apply, please email info@monasticacademy.com with subject line, "January Circling Scholarship" with your name and request. We want to fill all the spaces so feel welcome to reach out.

All funds will go towards continuing the training of the monastic residents and guests. The success of this program allows for these retreats to continue. There will be a dana talk (donation workshop) at the end of the retreat. All donations at the end of the retreat are 501(c)(3) tax deductible.

Car ride sharing and further information will be sent out in mid-late December.


Refund Policy:

Refunds will be given minus a $60 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds will be given after December 22nd.

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Lowell, VT 05847

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