New Year, New Beginnings Weekend

Claymont Society, Great Barn Shell Fischer

Shell Fischer

12/28/2018 4:00 PM - 12/30/2018 3:00 PM  at  Claymont Society, Great Barn, (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

Greet your New Year with a sense of “beginner’s mind” and a renewed aspiration to live from your deepest intentions. When we are cultivating what in the teachings is called Beginner’s Mind, we are being asked to consciously and constantly let go of any preconceptions we carry about each new phase of our lives, and open up to each and every moment with newborn eyes that see everything – including ourselves – as if for the first time. 

As we apply this state of mind to our deepest intentions, the more we discover great joy and delight in the creative process of witnessing what unfolds, rather than clinging so strongly to any desired results. 

The beauty of this process is that, with practice, we develop the ability to see "ourselves" as constantly new, continually changing. As the Zen mater Shunryu Suzuki tells us: “There is no connection between I myself yesterday and I myself in this moment.” 

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The retreat center is committed to using green technology, and most of its excellent organic cuisine is made from fresh, local produce. Guests can enjoy meals in the museum’s stately dining room, airy sunroom, or long outdoor porch – all of which look out onto the grounds. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available upon request.

During our retreat, we’ll be meditating in the unique, expansive Octagon building attached to the Great Barn, once frequently used by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn.

The barn’s comfortable, unique rooms include towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests.

This venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments.

In order to nurture a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat, as we experience a variety of dharma talks, silent and guided meditations, and walking meditation on the grounds. Check-in will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, and the retreat will end at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Please find more information about retreats in our Resource section/Residential Retreat Information.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mindfulvalley.com.

Fees:

Weekend residential:$325.00

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