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The Art of Sacred Living

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A retreat and community gathering with Daniel Whiteside, Carol Van der Meulen, and Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D.

About this Event

A retreat is an opportunity to step back from our day-to-day demands and activities for an extended period of concentrated discussion, dialogue, and strategic thinking. With that in mind I have designed this virtual retreat to bring together a community to hunker down for a day and focus on a few important areas of growth. The three pillars of sacred living that can completely transform our ordinary experience are:

  • Wisdom - acting skillfully at every moment; with training, the mind is capable of transforming ordinary experience into a sacred reality. Making new connections, discover underlying patterns, and learn how to make your mind your biggest ally.
  • Equanimity - letting our lives unfold naturally; when we let experience happen without resistance we tap into a deep source of peace, insight, and spontaneous creativity.
  • Compassion - Understanding the underlying interconnection among all life; out of compassion arises the spontaneous desire to give and serve consciously.

This retreat will be an opportunity and container for bringing sacred living into your own life. This retreat will be co-created with the participants, so you have an influence on how this will turn out!

The purpose of this retreat is to set up a situation for you that fosters massive growth in all three pillars of sacred living. I am absolutely certain that if you participate wholeheartedly in The Art of Sacred Living, it will be impossible not to grow into a better version of yourself.

The teachers and class sessions being offered in The Art of Sacred Living have been carefully selected for this purpose and there is nothing being offered here as fluff or time-filler - the entire day will be packed with valuable lessons, insights, and inspiration that have helped many high performing people just like you reduce ordinary suffering, live maximally meaningful lives, and reach their full creative potential.

In The Art of Sacred Living, you'll learn "high leverage" skills to strengthen those three pillars - wisdom, equanimity, and compassion. High leverage skills are skills that can be applied across a variety of situations and contexts, like a tool that can serve multiple functions.

The Retreat Experience

So what will it be like if you attend, and how do you deliberately grow in wisdom, equanimity, and compassion? A retreat might seem a little daunting if you've never been to one but it's actually a really cool opportunity to get done what might be called "deep work." When you really dive into work involving your core growth principles, you can enter powerful flow states (periods of relaxed, alert focus) that activate your innate creative forces and the wisdom function.

Every person has an innate creative spirit capable of limitless possibilities. Each person also has a wisdom function which, when active, can allow the person deeper insight into their own lives and see the ways that they are stuck in cyclic, reactive suffering. When you set aside our daily routine and submerge yourself in a retreat setting, whether at home or some remote mountain hut, you can tap into our creative spirit and wisdom function without distraction. We can listen to our intuition, our gut, our instincts, which are rich sources of information about our own lives - this can lead to new business or creative ideas, increased productivity, enhanced emotional attunement, and deeper connections to the people we care most about.

This retreat is fully online and you can participate from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else you like!), which I think takes away some of the fear around submitting oneself to a full day retreat. This retreat is designed intentionally to be flexible enough for anyone to feel comfortable while still having an immersive experience.

The Art of Sacred Living will include several different ways of interacting with the material and other participants, to make accessing this workshop as easy as possible. I want to make this available to anyone who feels they could benefit from this content. In addition to the live sessions, recordings will be available to all participants for download and keep forever. Scholarships are also available for those who cannot afford the full cost. You'll also be able to register for the entire retreat, or just a single workshop, making it even more flexible to attend.

The Layout

The retreat will be structured around four live classes/workshops with three impactful teachers and growth leaders.

Session One - 8:30am-10:00am: Introduction - How to Home Retreat/Mindfulness Practice in Daily Life (Daniel, Melinda, Carol)

  • Learn the three basic skills of mindfulness: concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity
  • Learn how to implement mindfulness skills in daily life to upgrade your "mental operating system"
  • Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing productivity and creativity using mindful awareness

Session Two - 10:10am-12:00pm: "The Work" with Carol Van Der Meulen

  • Identify and clarify false and limiting beliefs that cause us suffering
  • question thoughts, befriend your mind and free your of chronic despair and anger
  • Learn a specific set of techniques, we just call "The Work" to see that these limiting beliefs are empty constructions of mind.

Lunch Break - 12:00-1:30pm

Open discussion/free time

Mindful eating

Session Three - 1:30-3:10pm: Mindfulness and Creativity Workshop with Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D

  • Learn specific techniques backed by research to increase productivity and creativity at work and home
  • Get over writers block, pressure from deadlines, and other creativity killers
  • Learn how to generate income from your creative work

Session Four - 3:20-4:30pm Teacher Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • How to integrate these teachings and use them in your daily life
  • Ask specific questions about your own practice, creativity, or anything else covered in the retreat that hasn't been answered

Multiple Virtual Retreat Rooms

All of the scheduled workshops will take place in the main Zoom room. Additionally, two more "rooms" will be open throughout the retreat to function as spaces for "water cooler conversation" and quiet meditation or work. As a participant you will be welcome to join these other rooms during any of the scheduled sessions or break times (and they'll even be open before and after the scheduled classes) so you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet and greet the other participants. The three rooms available throughout this retreat will be as follows:

  • Main Room (open 8:30am-4:30pm): where all the scheduled classes will take place, the primary meeting room.
  • Coffee Station (open 8:00am-9:00pm): a conference room that will be left open for anyone to access at any time for open conversation with teachers and other participants. Connect, share, and enjoy the company of other participants.
  • Meditation Hall: (open 8:00am-9:00pm) a quiet room where you can tune in at any time. This room will be mostly silent with occasional guided meditations or background music. Meditate, do a moving practice such as yoga, work quietly, or get into your flow in any other way.

All Workshops Recorded and Saved

Want to replay your favorite session or can't attend at the scheduled time? All the workshops on the schedule will be recorded and made available for download to all participants in The Art of Sacred Living. After the retreat has ended and once I have time to process all the videos, links will be sent out to all participants to download the recorded videos of each of the workshops.

Should I Register for The Art of Sacred Living?

How do you know if you'll be a good match for The Art of Sacred Living virtual retreat? If you're reading this now and feel that you want to be part of a process deliberately designed for huge growth in the areas of wisdom, equanimity, and compassion, then this retreat is for you. If you're ready to deeply question and let go of false beliefs that are holding you back from the next level of growth and creativity - this retreat is for you. If you're not totally sure, you can book a free Q&A call here, no strings attached.


The Art of Sacred Living Retreat - $100

Individual Workshops - $30

Can't pay or want to donate a different amount? No problem - email Daniel at maha-citta@protonmail.com.

More information available at www.danieljwhiteside.com/the-art-of-sacred-living

About the Teachers

Daniel Whiteside

Daniel is a meditation teacher, mathematics educator, and small business owner in Austin, Texas. His teaching style is integral, combining the best contemplative practices available across traditions with influences from educational psychology, neuroscience and adult development. Daniel is a Level 2 Unified Mindfulness coach, has been to retreats in the Zen and Mahamudra styles of meditation, and completed training programs with several leading contemplative teachers in the United States. Daniel also serves as a board member and technology director of the Jung Society of Austin. Of particular interest to Daniel is the integration of modern science and the contemplative wisdom imported from the East: finding that perfect balance of matter and mind.

Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D.

Melinda is a professional creativity, leadership, and career coach, consultant, educator, and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. She is a long time meditation practitioner and mindfulness educator, and leads contemplative arts and photography workshops and retreats both in the US and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies from Saybrook University, as well as Master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies.

Carol Van der Meulen

Carol is the Asisstant Director of Clarity Coaching Institute in Salt Lake City and facilitates "The Work" of Byron Katie to individual clients and groups. A note from Carol:

"My experience is simple yet profound; I was mesmerized by the destructive power of my own thoughts and as a result I was angry, depressed and insecure. Self-inquiry enabled me to question my thoughts, befriend my mind and free myself of the chronic despair and anger. Life has become one of increasing joy and peace. As a highly trained and accomplished coach and facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, and long-term student of Vipassana meditation, I offer the practical tools that guided me through my own life-changing transformation."

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