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  • What to Expect on a Retreat

    Shell Fischer posted on Dec 05 2013
    What to Expect on a Retreat
    Making the decision to enter an extended period of silence with others doing the same—whether it’s for one day, three, or longer—is a powerful commitment to yourself, your practice, and your life. In order to make the most of this precious time, it can be useful (especially if it&r... Read more
  • The Tradition of Dana

    posted on Aug 15 2013
    The Tradition of Dana
      What is dana? Considered priceless, these teachings have been given freely since the time of the Buddha. That 2500-year tradition is being continued to this day. The cost of retreat registration covers only room and board plus administrative overhead. None of the registration fee goes t... Read more
  • About the Pearlstone Retreat Center

    Editor posted on Jun 28 2013
    About the Pearlstone Retreat Center
    The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center is a beautiful Jewish retreat center and farm nestled on 160 rural acres just outside of Baltimore, MD. We've found the staff to be warm and welcoming, the accommodations to be very comfortable and the grounds to be peaceful... Read more
  • Traveling to Pearlstone Retreat Center

    posted on Jun 27 2013
    Traveling to Pearlstone Retreat Center
    Location The address and Mapit can be found at the top of the information page of every IMCW event held at Pearlstone: 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD  (410) 429-4400  ‬(www.pearlstonecenter.org) Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?cid=8266312373179018668   Freque... Read more
  • Maintaining a Fragrance-Free Retreat

    posted on Jun 26 2013
    Though this issue may be unfamiliar to you, there are a growing number of people who are sensitive to commonly used items. This condition or disability is known as multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and involves people who have developed an acute sensitivity to various chemicals in the environm... Read more
  • What to Bring on Retreat

    posted on Jun 26 2013
    What to Bring on Retreat
    There are several items you can bring that will help you create a comfortable retreat for yourself and others. Loose, comfortable, casual, layered clothing Walking shoes/indoor shoes that can easily be slipped off and on, and/or shoes for walking the trails and grounds if available Frag... Read more
  • Residential Retreats: Guidelines to Living Mindfully

    posted on Jun 26 2013
    Residential Retreats: Guidelines to Living Mindfully
    Etiquette & Noble Silence Meditation Hall Etiquette Retreat schedules will be posted everywhere, and bells will be rung prior to a formal sit or dharma talk. Being on time to sits and attending the Morning Instructions & Dharma Talks is very important. Both the morning instructions and eve... Read more
  • Someone Once a Stranger: A Retreat Experience

    Vicki Goodman posted on Jan 18 2011
    Someone Once a Stranger: A Retreat Experience

    The truth about a meditation retreat is that you really don’t know what will happen. Try as you might to predict and you will undoubtedly be surprised. But no matter what, something will happen that will help you to open your eyes, to “wake up,” out of the habitual ways you think and behave. 

    What are most Insight Meditation (Vipassana) retreats really like here in the States? Here’s what you can count on: You will be assigned a room with or without a roommate you might or might not know...

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