New Year, New Beginnings

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

Shell Fischer

12/28/2019 4:00 PM - 12/30/20193:00 PM  at  Claymont Society, Great Barn (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

3-Day Year-End Retreat: New Year, New Beginnings

Greet your New Year with a sense of “beginner’s mind” and a renewed aspiration to live from your deepest intentions at this special 3-day end-of-the-year meditation retreat at the Claymont Court Retreat Center in Charles Town, WV.

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.”

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.* We’ll also be offering a special Sunday evening bonfire, and a “letting go” practice.

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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.

We’ll be using the center’s peaceful, light-filled inner sanctuary for this retreat.

The barn’s comfortable, unique rooms include adjustable heat, towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests. Many rooms are available for couples or 2 friends.

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.

Registration will open at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the retreat will end at 3 p.m. Monday.

Please find more information about retreats in our residential retreat articles.

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.

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

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