4-Day Women’s Retreat: Keep Calmly Knowing Change

Shell Fischer Sevenoaks Retreat Center

Shell Fischer

3/19/2020 4:00 PM - 3/22/20203:00 PM  at  Sevenoaks Retreat Center (403 Pathwork Way, Madison, VA, 22727) (Map It)

Keep Calmly Knowing Change – Embodying the 3 Truths

“Keep Calmly Knowing Change" ~ a summary of the entire practice of meditation, from master and scholar Bhikkhu Analayo

Thursday, March 19-Sunday, March 22.

For thousands of years, meditation masters throughout the world have told us that if we can tap into a deep, experiential knowledge of what is often called emptiness, or sunyata, we can understand the entirety of the Dharma, the whole thing – and discover the Maha-Sukha, the Great Bliss.

And the good news is: this profound freedom isn’t far away, or unattainable. It can be tapped into in every moment -- if we know how to look for it.

Happily, Vipassana (Insight) meditation – the oldest form of Buddhist meditation practice – shows us how to do this. The root meaning of vipassana is “to see things as they are,” which means to know and experience our entire universe and everything in it as constantly and forever changing – including ourselves.

During this four-day women’s meditation retreat, we’ll be using our practice to “see things as they are” by exploring the 3 Truths of Life: impermanence (annica), suffering (dukkha), and anatta (the concept of no-self) – and by tapping into the Great Bliss that comes with letting go.

This retreat is for those of us sharing the socially-subordinated identity of Women ~ across all differences!

There are some limited scholarship funds available for women of color for this retreat; please contact Cathy at Mindful Valley to inquire.

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Sevenoaks Retreat Center is located on 120 acres of secluded forest land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with ample walking trails in the woods and gardens.

The property is expansive, largely wooded, bordered by the Rapidan River, and surrounded by outstanding views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Shamans who have regularly visited Sevenoaks describe the land as “spiritually seasoned.” Simply put, it feels good to be at Sevenoaks.

The featured building is Lighthouse, which offers a spacious, light-filled 52-foot-diameter circular meeting space and meditation hall – with beautiful views and resting spots on the 2nd-story circular porch.

Located in Central Virginia, Sevenoaks is easily accessible by car from large cities and airports, reachable in about 90 minutes from Winchester, less than two hours from Washington D.C., 75 minutes from Richmond, or 30 minutes from Charlottesville.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Sevenoaks offers gourmet dining,with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus, and can accommodate most special dietary needs. Whenever possible, the retreat center cooks with fresh ingredients from its organic garden.

Our time together will include daily dharma talks, guided meditation, silent meditation, walking meditation, and Q &A sessions about these transformative practices. In order to nurture a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat. (And if weather permits, we plan to have a bonfire on Friday and Saturday night.)

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

Check-in will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the retreat will end at 3 p.m. Sunday. 

* If you don’t prefer to sit on the floor, no worries at all; there are plenty of chairs to use.

Please find more information about retreats in our Blog/Residential Retreat Information.

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

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