Dwelling in the Divine Abodes

Shell Fischer Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley

Shell Fischer

7/6/2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  at  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655) (Map It)

As you practice building a home in yourself, you become more and more beautiful. 

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

During this daylong retreat, we’ll explore the Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes – four practices that open and nurture the heart.

In the Buddhist teachings, these four practices – loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity – are considered the highest qualities of heart and emotional wellbeing.

During our time together, we’ll not only begin to sense into these qualities of heart, but practice abiding and dwelling in them as well. Over time, these practices can become our true home, as well as the atmosphere in which we deepen our mindfulness practice and intimacy with life.

The format will include both 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. 

The quiet church grounds include open spaces and beautiful walking trails in the woods.

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 "Financial Aid" 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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