Please note that Retreatants can attend one or both of the following retreats:
Introduction to Meditation Practice Weekend @ Susurumba, Juliasdale
6 pm, Fri 2 – 12 am, Sun 4 November, 2018
“The basic practice is to be present, right here. We are willing to be honest and realistic. It is simply the creation of a space in our minds, in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. We provide space through the simple discipline of doing nothing. Actually, doing nothing is very difficult.
Meditation practice brings all our neuroses to the surface rather than hiding them at the bottom of our minds. It enables us to relate to our lives as something workable
We acknowledge what we are, rather than trying to hide from our problems and fears and irritations.
We appreciate the joyful aspect of life along with the painful aspect. Relating to emotions ceases to be a big deal.
Through regular and sustained meditation practice we begin to realize that we are okay. Actually there’s nothing wrong with us.”
Extracted from “The Myth of Freedom” by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Facilitator: Dave Sheehan
Timings: 6pm Friday 2 to 12 am Sun 4 November
Single Accommodation – $125
Shared accommodation – $100
Camping – $75
Participants will be guided from the very beginning as to why and how we meditate, plus simple guided meditation practice instructions. Together we explore how the mind is the creator of all our joys and our difficulties.
We come to understand that it is possible to beneficially change our mind’s habitual patterns.
Regard Everything as a Dream @ Susurumba Retreat Centre
Facilitators: Dave Sheehan and Pippa Douie
Timings: 6pm Sunday 4 to 11 am Sun 11 November
Single accommodation : Full Retreat – $400
Camping: Full Retreat: – $300 or (please bring all camping equipment, including mattress and pillow).
NOTE: For an additional $50, we can supply and set up prior to your arrival a tent, mattress and pillow.
( Please note : lack of finances should not be a limiting factor – contact Dave)
This retreat will focus on using the practice of Tonglen ( Sending and Taking ) plus Slogans from the Seven Points of Mind Training, to give us increased understanding, clarity and stability in this life
“Whatever you experience in your life—pain, pleasure, heat, cold or anything else—is like something happening in a dream. Although you might think things are very solid, they are like passing memory. You can experience this open, unfixated quality in sitting meditation; all that arises in your mind—hate love and all the rest—is not solid. Although the experience can get extremely vivid, it is just a product of your mind. Nothing solid is really happening” | Pema Chodron
“We take ourselves and our world so seriously. Things seem so real, so intense and colorful, even overwhelming, but at the same time, everything we try to hold onto slips away. Nothing is all that substantial. It is amazing that there is anything at all! At the same time, nothing seems to be there in the way we would want.
So the starting point of working with the slogans is to face up to our desire to make everything solid. When we lighten up on that particular scheme even momentarily, our mind opens up a bit and relaxes. And the more openness there is, the more slogan practice becomes gentle and natural rather than heavy handed or moralistic”.
For more information please contact Pam Sheehan on firstname.lastname@example.org whatsapp/phone 0772-404129