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The Heart of Self-Compassion

Compassion Buddha, Shell F Shell Fischer Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley

Shell Fischer

11/16/2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  at  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655) (Map It)

This revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.

~ Tara Brach

The Buddha taught that you can search the entire universe for someone more deserving of your love and affection than yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere.

And yet, so often for many of us, it seems much easier for us to offer our care, compassion, and even forgiveness to others than to ourselves.

We tend to beat ourselves up, or give ourselves an unnecessarily hard time for our “perfectly human” imperfections.

During this silent retreat, we’ll be exploring a variety of different ways that we can offer more of our love, care, and forgiveness to the person we spend the most time with – ourselves.  

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive more information and suggestions from Shell.

We’ll be gathering for our retreat on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the peaceful, spacious, modern blue sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley in Stephens City, VA. The quiet church grounds include open spaces and beautiful walking trails in the woods.

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.

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 Assistance" 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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