Family Retreat 2019

Sevenoaks Retreat Center Jennifer Jordan Ofosu Jones-Quartey Fred Persi

Jennifer Jordan, Ofosu Jones-Quartey and Fred Persi

6/28/2019 4:00 PM - 7/2/201912:30 PM  at  Sevenoaks Retreat Center (403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, 22727) (Map It)

Friday, June 28-Tuesday, July 2

The IMCW Family Program invites you to join our 5th annual Family Retreat. This summer retreat is our favorite event of the year.  Gift your family quality time together to relax and reconnect in supportive community amidst the beautiful Shenandoah foothills.  

This retreat is open to parents, grandparents, and guardians with children age 5-13 years old, who are interested in cultivating deeper presence, joy, resilience, and connection in everyday family life.  Older teens age 14-19 may register along with their families to serve as Assistant Mindful Leaders (MLs) and can earn community service hours. Assistant MLs will spend time with their families, a portion of each day assisting our experienced adult MLs with children break-out groups, and time amongst teen peers.

Both beginning and experienced mindfulness practitioners are welcome. The retreat balances engaged activities with free time. There will be time for collective family practice as well as time for parents and children to break-out into groups and engage with peers. During break-outs, children are divided by age and there will be a separate tween program. Adults will have opportunities to practice meditation together and engage in facilitated adult discussion groups.

Dharma activities include skits, games, songs, art, mindful movement, nature activities, a campfire, meditation, and dharma talks. During free time, optional activities may include mindful sports, drumming, nature activities, Qi Gong, and parent workshops.

Please arrive between 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June 28 for check-in, followed by dinner from 6-7 p.m., orientation and the opening ceremony at 7:45 p.m.. The retreat ends on Tuesday, July 2 at 12:30 p.m. followed by lunch.

We are thrilled to share that the IMCW Family Program teachers -- Ofosu, Jen, and Fred -- have been invited this summer to lead the inaugural New England Family Dharma Meditation Retreat at Eastover Estate and Eco-Village in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Friday, July 19-Tuesday, July 23. Spread the word with your peeps up north about this second family retreat!  Please note: the New England retreat is being organized by former Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Family Retreatants and is not an IMCW-sponsored event.

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Sevenoaks Retreat Center is located on 120 acres of secluded forest land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with ample walking trails in the woods and gardens.

The property is expansive, largely wooded, bordered by the Rapidan River, and surrounded by outstanding views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Shamans who have regularly visited Sevenoaks describe the land as “spiritually seasoned.” Simply put, it feels good to be at Sevenoaks.

The featured building is Lighthouse, which offers a spacious, light-filled 52-foot-diameter circular meeting space and meditation hall – with beautiful views and resting spots on the 2nd-story circular porch.

Located in Central Virginia, Sevenoaks is easily accessible by car from large cities and airports, reachable in about 90 minutes from Winchester, less than two hours from Washington D.C., 75 minutes from Richmond, or 30 minutes from Charlottesville.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Sevenoaks offers gourmet dining,with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus, and can accommodate most special dietary needs. Whenever possible, the retreat center cooks with fresh ingredients from its organic garden.

Rooms are multiple-occupancy, with 2-7 twin beds and shared bathrooms. There are single room configurations available for families of 2-7 individuals and we will room family members in the same room. Some families will be assigned 2 rooms either next to or very near each other. Please accept whatever room is offered.

Camping with shared bath (towels provided). Tent campers need to provide their own tents, bedding, tarps, rain fly, etc.

Fees cover bed/camping and meals only. At the end of the retreat, you will also have the opportunity to offer dana (a donation) to IMCW teachers and manager (more about dana below). Yogi duties during this retreat will be bell-ringing, making and stripping own beds, bussing tables, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. Delicious meals provided by Sevenoaks.

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

50% deposit required:  If paying by credit or debit card, you have the option of paying the full fee upfront or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat, with balance due upon arrival. Those opting to pay by check are required to pay in full.

Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please register and choose the "Pay by Check" option if you are unable to pay a deposit at this time. Then submit the Scholarship Application (find here) to Anne Adams Green, Administrator. You will be notified of the award amount via email. If you still need to pay your deposit to IMCW, you will be sent instructions on how to make a payment. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than four weeks before the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than four weeks before the retreat unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, the administrative fee will be $100 and the balance will be refunded. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early. You have the option to receive a refund check or to offer the balance of the registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to the IMCW Scholarship Fund. Please contact us to specify your preferences.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please note any special accessibility needs in the comments section of the registration form.

Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager listed.

Fees:

Camping Child, ages 6-12:$500.00
Children, ages 6-12:$550.00
Camping Adult, ages 13 and over:$600.00
Adults, ages 13 and over:$750.00

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