$140 – $260

The Freedom of Impermanence: A Weekend Meditation Retreat

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Chicago Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center

513 West Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

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A Weekend Thaypassana Meditation Retreat with David Haskin and Janice Sheppard.

“THE PRACTICE AND UNDERSTANDING OF IMPERMANENCE
IS NOT JUST ANOTHER DESCRIPTION OF REALITY. IT IS A
TOOL THAT HELPS US IN OUR TRANSFORMATION, HEALING
AND EMANCIPATION.”
— THICH NHAT HANH

In this world, impermanence, change, and uncertainty are always present, yet so often we resist, ignore, or overlook this truth. To be convinced of the certainty of this truth we need only to look to each breath as it arises, is present, and ceases. Embracing the truth of change and softening our resistance to it opens the way to joyfully accepting life as it is.

At this silent retreat we’ll explore the nature of impermanence and how to embody the truth of uncertainty so it leads to greater ease and freedom in every moment.

The retreat format draws from the mindfulness teachings of both Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Naht Hanh and the Theravada tradition of tranquility and insight meditation. You need not be familiar with either tradition to get the most out of the retreat. This retreat is appropriate for those newer to mindfulness meditation and for experienced practitioners.





David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been a student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1993. He was ordained into that teacher’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing, in 2006. David has been particularly moved and motivated by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaging our practice of Mindfulness as we interact with others and with the world at large. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to prison inmates, men’s groups, combat veterans and those in recovery from addictions.

Janice Cittasubha Sheppard has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation since 2002. She received training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader program and from the abbots of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Lay Buddhist Minister in the Thera­vada Thai Forest lineage. She teaches introduc­tory and continuing classes on meditation and leads a weekly meditation group for the Madison Insight Meditation Group. She leads Buddhist practice groups in Wisconsin prisons, and offers a year-long intensive program, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism for individuals seeking deeper understanding of the Buddha’s discourses and meditation practice.




FAQs

What do the fees cover?

Fees cover all meals Saturday through lunch on Sunday, lodging, shared baths, towels and the meeting room. Coffee/tea room and snacks available throughout the weekend. All meals will be vegetarian. Fees cover retreat costs but do NOT include compensation for the teachers.

Following an ancient tradition, David and Janice offer teachings freely and will gratefully accept dana, or a free-will offering, at the end of the retreat if you are able and if you find the teachings helpful.


What are the parking/transportation options?

The Cenacle has a parking lot that will accommodate residential and commuting participants at no cost. NOTE—the lot is limited and will be administered on a first come, first served basis. Parkers are required to register their vehicle at the front desk in the lobby of the Cenacle. Street parking on Fullerton is permit and meter free (though very scarce) and there is a public parking garage on Lincoln, just north of Deming across from the old Children’s Memorial Hospital campus.

The Chicago Cenacle and Retreat & Conference Center is readily accessible by public transportation. Use the Red Line Fullerton stop and walk east. Use the 22 Clark Street bus, get off at Fullerton and walk west.



What is the schedule?


September 15
3PM - Check-in begins (dinner on your own)
Please plan to arrive in time to settle into your rooms so we can start the retreat at 7PM.
7PM - Opening Session
9PM - End of Session

September 16
7:45AM - Breakfast
8:45AM - Opening Session
9PM - End of Session

September 17
7:45AM - Breakfast
8:45AM - Opening Session
3PM - End of Session




Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation. Please note — during this retreat participants will be in Noble Silence.





Are scholarships available?

A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are interested in obtaining one, please contact the organizers, Mark or Steve, via the information provided in the Organizer Description.



What's the refund policy?

Because of our obligation to pay rent to Chicago Cenacle Retreat & Conference Center, we must have
the following policy regarding cancellations.

  • Full refunds will be given for requests received by July 15, 2017.
  • Between July 15 and August 15, half the registration fee will be refunded.
  • No refunds will be issued after August 15.


How do I request a refund?

To request a refund, follow these instructions or contact the registrar, Mitchell Kittlaus, at chicagowsm-registrar@yahoo.com. You will receive a response to your request within 2-3 business days.


Once issued, when will I receive my refund?

Once processed, please allow 7 business days for the refund to be credited to your account.



Who can I contact for questions about registration?

For questions about registration, please contact Mitchell Kittlaus at chicagowsm-registrar@yahoo.com.


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