In this weekend retreat, we will use mindfulness meditation, awareness and deep compassion practices to enter the "silent landIn this weekend retreat we will use mindfulness meditation, awareness, and deep compassion practices to enter the "silent land". Moment to moment and field awareness as well as connecting to our heart can be a gateway to psycho-spiritual connection so we can replenish and bring ourselves back into service. Retreat will allow us to find an inner refuge so we can engage with our world again.
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 meditation 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.
8 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.
Cost: Includes Tuition and your room, bed linen and towels, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities. Sorry, we cannot offer space for commuters for this retreat.
Deposit and Payment: Your deposit of $300.00 covers the cost of Tuition and a deposit towards your accommodation. Full payment is due on or before February 15, 2019.
On or before February 15th we will refund your deposit less a $100.00 fee. February 16 - March 13 we will refund your deposit less $150.00 Fee. March 14th 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 the cancellation fee of $150.00.
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 your Scholarship Application for consideration.
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.
Arrival: Check-in between 3:30 – 5:30 PM 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. Many guests in the past have brought some personal food to supplement the food provided (I.e. gluten free, dairy free) to meet their personal dietary needs and found it no problem.
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.