$200 – $395

Winter Sun: A Zen Retreat in Madison

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Holy Wisdom Monastery

4200 County Highway M

Middleton, WI 53562

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We can make do with so little, just the hint
of warmth, the slanted light.

—from "Winter Sun" by Molly Fisk

As the seasons converge, enter an extended weekend of quiet repose. Join Karen Maezen Miller in a silent Zen meditation retreat for all levels of practitioners: includes seated meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), chanting, and Dharma talks. You'll have the opportunity to work privately with a teacher amid the warmth and encouragement of a sangha, or practice group. Three nights, all meals included.

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We gather on the late-winter prairie of Holy Wisdom Monastery less than 10 miles outside of Madison, WI. This ecumenical retreat center is surrounded by acres of environmentally restored fields and an ancient glacial kettle lake.

Overnight accommodations are limited to 12 single rooms with a private bath and four double-occupancy rooms with a private bath. If you plan to share a room with a friend or partner, you will have an opportunity to name your preferred roommate during registration. Please register at the same time as your roommate, as we cannot guarantee the space without registration.

There is also an option to participate full time as a commuter including all meals, without housing.

Bring your own zafu (cushion) or meditation bench as well as a zabuton (mat) or folded blanket to put under you while you sit. Chairs are provided. Wear traditional Zen practice attire or dark, loose-fitting and comfortable clothing suitable for sitting on the floor.

Instructions will be given in all practices. Beginners are especially encouraged to dive in. Experienced sitters are invited to begin again.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring your own zafu (cushion) or meditation bench as well as a zabuton (mat) or folded blanket to put under you while you sit; loose, comfortable, and dark-colored practice clothing; toiletries; and suitable shoes and outerwear for outdoor walks. Please leave unnecessary electronics at home.

Are there vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan meal options?

All meals will be vegetarian. You will have the opportunity to request gluten-free and/or vegan meals during registration.

What is the refund policy?

Reservations are fully refundable with two month's advance notice. After that time, refunds can only be made if the space is taken by someone else. Please delay your registration until you are certain that you can commit.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

By email: karenmiller@earthlink.net


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