Exploring Our Elemental Nature

Shell Fischer Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley

Shell Fischer

9/7/2019 9:30 AM  -  5:00 PM  at  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655) (Map It)

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

As a way to deepen our practice, we are asked to contemplate what are called The Four Great Elements (Mahabhuta in Pali), that reside within us – these elements of earth, water, fire, and air – and recognize that not only are we intimately connected to everything around us, but that we too are constantly changing and transitory, just like the weather.

The teachings invite us to observe these changing elements both within and without, to reflect on the deep truths that nature teaches us, and to remember that we are not separate from this vast source of wisdom, but truly embodied within it. 

During our time together, we will contemplate these Four Great Elements (along with the elements of space, and consciousness) on a more experiential level, to gain a greater sense of connectedness, spaciousness, joy, and ease.

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 includeboth 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 4:30 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.

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.

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 base 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. Please note that donations cannot be refunded (IRS regulations).

Fees:

Base price:$75.00
Mid-level price (base + $10 gift):$85.00
Sponsor price (base +$20 gift):$95.00

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