This event is the in-person version of a hybrid retreat which will take place both in-person and online. To register for the online version of this event click here.
Please join our Youngish/Middleish Adults Sangha (ages 20s to 40s) for a day of practice exploring the intersection of silence and connection for deepening a nourishing intimacy with ourselves and others.
Please pack a lunch and wear comfortable, breathable clothing and footwear. Limited parking is available so please carpool if possible
This event is based off of traditional Theravadan Buddhist retreat practice and is an invitation to deepen your practical understanding of mindfulness as well as Buddhist psychology and practice. You do not need to subscribe to any creed or belief to participate. Your curiosity, a wish to explore Buddhist practice and to know yourself more deeply to support inner freedom, while connecting with likeminded others, is all that is necessary. This event is not meant to have an overly rigid form and we offer the following (example) schedule as a basic structure to help aid practice development while supporting self-care.
10-10:10 Intro to the day and noble silence invitation
10-10:40 Group check-in
10:40-11:10 Guided mindfulness practice
11:10-11:15 Review of loving-kindness/metta
11:15-11:45 Guided loving-kindness/metta
11:45-11:55 Short break
12:00-12:15 Dharma talk
12:15-12:45 Sitting meditation (mostly silent)
12:45-12:50 Eating meditation instructions
12:50-1:35 Silent lunch
1:35-2:05 Sense and savor walk
2:05-2:30 “Choiceless awareness” meditation
2:30-2:45 Loving-kindness walking practice
2:45-3:00 Dharma talk
3:15 – 3:30 Silent practice
3:30-3:55 Breaking the silence, dyads about their experience, group share and question/response
3:55-4:00 Closing circle
Where is this event located?
This event will take place in person at the Santa Monica Meditation Center. Find directions, parking and accessibility information here.
COVID-19 Protocol: In keeping with the principles of the dharma that underlie our activities, primarily non-harming, we are requiring that all attendees be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person. Masks are optional as all attendees are fully vaccinated. Attendance is limited to allow for social distancing.
Suggested Donation: $85