Have you ever been curious about mindfulness meditation? Or curious to sit in silence for an extended period of time? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.
Deepen your practice in beautiful Santa Barbara...
Join MHP's founding teacher Radhule Weininger for this intimate weekend retreat at the beautiful and serene Mount Calvary Monastery and Guest House. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life, to listen deeply to our body, heart and mind. A retreat provides an opportunity and a caring container deepening our mediation practice. The mindfulness practice on retreats is often accompanied and complemented by training in loving-kindness meditation.
Most of the retreat is held in silence, with periods of sitting and walking meditation There are teaching talks, guided meditations, time for questions and answers and meetings with a teacher. Retreatants are encouraged to practice mindfulness in a continuous way, staying with their own present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. By cultivating the power of awareness, clarity and kindness, we discover our path to inner freedom and a peaceful heart deeper, for the benefit or our relationship to ourselves, our community and our wider world.
The teacher offers instructions, dharma talks and practice meetings to provide guidance throughout the retreat.
The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teacher offers continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind.
"True Refuge" refuge in awareness, refuge in the truth of the way things are, and refuge in caring, kind relationship are. Through the practice of mindfulness and compassion we will explore ways to let go of fear and reactive habit patterns so that we can find refuge here and now. Class will include guided meditation instruction, teachings, and class discussion. The retreat is ideal for your first retreat or for the student who has already attended a residential retreat and who wishes to deepen their mindfulness meditation practice.
Retreat will be held in the traditional three refuges; Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha can be understood as refuge in compassionate awareness, refuge in the truth of the way things are, and refuge in caring, kind relationship. Through the practice of mindfulness and compassion we will explore ways to let go of fear and reactive habit patterns so that we can find refuge here and now. Class will include guided meditation instruction, teachings, and class discussion.
The price of the retreat includes accommodation and all meals for the duration of the retreat. Your non-refundable deposit off $100 will hold you space for you. Full payment is due on or before February 14, 2019.
Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat staff in continuing to make the teachings available to all. There will be an opportunity to contribute at the end of the retreat to the teachers.
Towels and bed linens are provided. Held at the beautiful Mount Calvary Monastery Guest House, set in the hills of Santa Barbara, the grounds offer a large terrace overlooking Mission Canyon and landscaped grounds including a labyrinth. The accommodation is mostly in double rooms with shared baths for a maximum of 24 guests. There is a sizable meeting room, and a smaller library and a hospitality area stocked with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and supplies for making coffee or tea and where the Monks will provide morning coffee. For more information about Mount Calvary Monastery - CLICK HERE.
Tasty and nutritious meals are served at breakfast, lunch and supper with a vegetarian option at each meal. Special dietary needs cannot be accommodated.
Continuing Education hours are provided for psychologists, registered nurses, MFT’s and LCSW’s. The cost is $50.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent sitting or walking meditation, meals, yoga, breaks, or work periods.
We’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.
We want to provide everyone with opportunities to participate in our programs. Thanks to the generosity of others, we can offer you Scholarship funds when you need support. Apply early as Scholarships are limited for this retreat. After you register and pay your deposit, please submit you Scholarship Application for consideration.
Cancellation Fee Policy:
On or before February 14th: $100, February 15th - March 1st: $150, March 2nd - March 13th: $250 cancellation fee
March 13th or later: No Refunds or Credit. Fees are not transferable but if we can find someone to take your space we will refund all except $100.
Sitting Meditation: Sitting meditation is at the heart of silent retreats. In sitting practice silence and stillness develop, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. We come in to presence and learn to find freedom in the midst of life that as it truly is.
Walking Meditation: Walking gracefully and wisely on the earth is also a way to practice meditation. On retreat, periods of walking meditation alternate with periods of sitting meditation. Through walking practice we learn to sustain meditative awareness through movement. In walking meditation, we become aware in the midst of activity. Throughout the retreat we learn to cultivate a mindful awareness in all postures, sitting walking and lying dwon.
Eating Meditation: An awareness of food, and the mindful understanding of the entire process of nourishment and eating is included in the practice at retreats. Retreatants are encouraged to bring the same calm, focused attention to eating as is brought to sitting and walking. Mindful eating is a wonderful context for the arising of insights. Every bite of food we eat contains, rain, sun, earth and the work of many, many beings.
Dharma Talks and guided meditations: Each day, the teachers present a different set of teachings that are central to practicing mindfulness and compassion. These teaching can be applied to our own experience. Sometimes the talks focus on retreat practice, and sometimes they offer teachings for wise living in the world.
Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California. She is mentored by Jack Kornfield in her teaching and by Joanna Macy in her interest in Engaged Buddhism. Radhule has a strong interest in the direct experience of the sacred and how this can inspire our service to others. Her book "Heartwork: The Path of Self-compassion", with a forward by Jack Kornfield published by Shambala Publications.