Please note this retreat meets the requirements for participants in Jack Kornfield + Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program through Sounds True. Gullu and Tere are mentors in the current MMTCP cohort. Please read the Criteria for MMTCP Retreat Attendance Requirements.
The ancient Buddhist word Sati, often translated as mindfulness, has the notion of remembering at its root. During this retreat, we’ll practice remembering to come home to the body in the present moment to allow the mind and heart to settle. We’ll practice remembering the wholeness that exists within us even when we may feel fragmented, and we’ll practice remembering the innate capacity of the heart, to connect with a sense of freedom, joy, ease and well-being – a capacity important to remember – and which resources us – when times are difficult.
We aim to simplify life for a few days, putting aside the usual responsibilities and distractions as much as is feasible and to turn inward. We will alternate periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation, mindful eating, dharma talks, and rest. There will be daily instruction and guidance, periods where participants should be on camera, and periods of self-practice where a virtual meditation hall will be available.
To deepen your practice, there may be one optional Group Meeting session in Spanish and one in French (if there is sufficient demand). This retreat will be entirely in English with the exception of these two optional Group Meeting sessions.
I held such resistance to the idea of online retreats, and I didn’t believe it would bring same kind of benefits as I would expect from in-person retreats. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I was so, very grateful and glad that I decided to try. Yes, there are some cons, but it became clear to me that pros out weighed significantly soon after the retreat started. Thank you for the opportunity.
Being part of a retreat where all teachers were POC was a balm for my heart and soul. Dawn offering the Dharma through social justice lenses was re-affirming and powerful. So grateful for the container offered for all of us, participants, to show up with our full whole, self. Gracias!
I’ve been meditating on and off for 10 years, and it wasn’t until this retreat that some of the learnings from my past years of practice “clicked”. I have never had such an intimate, intense, joyful, humorous, devastating, supportive experience with myself and 102 virtual strangers. I don’t quite have the words to express all that I feel I gained from this experience except to say it was one of the “best” uses of my time, attention, energy and funds. Thank you to you all for sharing.
This retreat has brought me to a deeper understanding of this mind and body that I live within. I realized that my true connection with this life that I have been given, the knowledge that I have been seeking and the ways that I thought I was broken have brought me to this retreat. There have been so many moments throughout the past 7 days where I could see within myself every answer i was seeking for through books has always been inside me. I just needed the teachings of the Dharma to guide me there.
Dana/Generosity: There will also be an opportunity to offer Dana for the teachers and center at the end of the retreat. Thank you for your support!