at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655)
True to Your Heart – Discovering Your Truth Daylong
As teacher Gil Fronsdal has said, without a commitment to truth, there is no spiritual path. This is so important that we can safely say, as a kind of absolute truth in practice, that deceiving oneself or others is never acceptable. Yet, so often, we tend to either ignore or suppress our own truth, or are fearful about expressing it.
During this daylong meditation retreat, we’ll explore the topic of truthfulness (sacca) and how courageously allowing and nurturing this quality of heart – as well as living in and acting from our truth - can help us to release more joy and freedom in our lives.
We’ll be gathering for our retreat on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m in the peaceful, spacious, modern blue sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA. The quiet church grounds include open spaces and beautiful walking trails in the woods.
The format will include both guided and silent meditation, a dharma talk, and walking meditation both inside the sanctuary, and outside on the beautiful grounds. The silence will end at 4 p.m., and we’ll finish with a half-hour dedicated to questions. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive more information and suggestions from Shell.
This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.
Retreat manager: Shell Fischer
IMCW Retreats and Workshops
IMCW retreats and workshops offer instruction in Buddhist meditation and talks on the awakening of our natural insight, love and wisdom. While the meditation practices derive from the Buddhist tradition, they are universal in orientation and address spiritual themes of concern to all contemplative traditions.
A workshop is not primarily silent (talking may be allowed during breaks and lunch) and may be focused on a special topic, such as applying meditation to relationships, emotional healing or physical well-being. Workshops may include a variety of formats, including different reflections and exercises and the sharing of experiences.
Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.
Fees: Base $75, Mid $85, Sponsor $95
The base offering covers direct expenses for this event, including support for the teacher. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).
Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the "Contact Us" button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.
IMCW Refund Policy: $35 of the registration fee is non-refundable. If you contact the retreat manager by clicking the "Contact Us" button below three weeks before the event, the balance of your registration will be refunded. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited.