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.
In this silent retreat we will explore complementary practices that cultivate both “wings” of wisdom and compassion. We’ll spend each day practicing mindfulness, developing sustained awareness of our moment-to-moment experience. Once our minds settle, we can start to see more clearly into ourselves which helps us access our own inner wisdom. Simultaneously, throughout this retreat we will learn specific practices that deliberately cultivate the warmth of kindness and compassion for ourselves and the world. As these two “wings” mature, we see more clearly, love more fully, and so much goodness unfolds. This short retreat will combine sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and opportunities to meet with a teacher.
An excellent opportunity for those new to retreat practice, and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to do a short retreat.
8 CE's 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.
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. More information on Mount Calvary can be found on the Residential Retreats page.
Check in between 3:00 – 5:30 PM on Thursday followed by and a light supper. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday after lunch. No late arrivals or early departures. Rooms & Meals: Towels and bed linens are provided. Tasty and nutritious meals are served at breakfast, lunch and supper with a vegetarian option at each meal. Special dietary needs cannot be accommodated.
COST: $500 p/p, $630 Single Room, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Your $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space. Final balance is due on/before February 12, 2018.
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 managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.
Scholarships: There are a limited amount of scholarships available for this retreat. After you register and pay your deposit, please submit you Scholarship Application for consideration.
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.