Wholehearted: A Men's Meditation Retreat

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240 Bethel Hill Rd

Sweet Valley, PA 18656

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Wholehearted: A Men's Meditation Retreat, in the Mountains near Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 12-14.

Join us October 12-14 for a weekend of fellowship, exploration, meditation and mindfulness in the company of other men. 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 will 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 included but may require your help with light prepration and clean-up.

So how does this all work?

Who: A dozen men of all experience levels who have an intention to explore how wholeheartedness can be cultivated through meditative practices. New participants in our programs must complete a brief informational survey before attending. The retreat will be led by Marc Balcer.

When: Depart in carpools from Philadelphia-area around 5 pm on Friday, October 12. We will meet briefly on Friday evening. We will depart early Sunday afternoon at arrive in Philadelphia by 3 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 $230 which includes programming, meals and a place to sleep. A limited number of single, private rooms (shared bathroom) are available for an additional $50. Contact marc@center4selfcare.com if you’d like to attend but cost is an issue.

Cancellation: A 90% refund will be provided up to two 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. A sample schedule is provided below:


7:30 - Breakfast in Silence

8:30 - Talk on Compassion and Bravery

9:15 - Discussion

10:00 - Guided Meditation

10:30 - Break

11:15 - Walking meditation or movement

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Recreation/Hike, etc.

3:30 - Deep Relaxation Body Scan

4:15 - Break & Dinner Prep

5:30 - Dinner

7:00 - Talk on Lovingkindness and Courage

7:45 - 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 warm clothing and outdoor gear for recreation. While meals are included, a full kitchen and refrigerator is available at all times.

Your Guide: 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 and Men Sitting By A Fire.

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