The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – A 5-Day Retreat

Claymont Society, Great Barn Shell Fischer Claymont Society, Great Barn

Shell Fischer

10/3/2019 4:00 PM - 10/7/20193:00 PM  at  Claymont Society, Great Barn (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

Thursday, October 3-Monday, October 7

For thousands of years, the famous Satipatthana Sutra has been used as a powerful and profound spiritual road map. Contained within it are the rich teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which the Buddha himself called the “direct path to enlightenment.”

In essence, this sutra is the very basis and groundof our entire practice, and diving deep into its teachings is exactly what can lead us out of suffering, and into more freedom, joy, and ease in our lives.

During this special 5-day silent retreat, we will explore each of these four in more depth by spending a full day on each – contemplating the body, feelings, mind states, and dharmas.

Our time together will include daily dharma talks, guided meditation, silent meditation, walking meditation, and q&a sessions about these transformative practices.

Some meditation experience might be helpful, but the practice and its teachings is applicable to all, and all are welcome.

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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. 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. This special sanctuary makes listening to sounds of the surrounding natural beauty vivid, and deeply calming.

The barn’s comfortable, unique rooms include heat and air conditioning, 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. Thursday, and the retreat will end at 3 p.m. Monday.

Please find more information about retreats in What to Expect on a Retreat.

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

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