Jhanas and Insight Retreat

Mary Aubry Claymont Society, Great Barn

Mary Aubry

4/30/2020 4:00 PM - 5/10/20201:00 PM  at  Claymont Society, Great Barn (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

This retreat will focus on development of the Jhanas (deep concentration states) in a regular sitting practice for the purpose of enhancing insight practice, as taught by Leigh Brasington and his teacher, the Venerable Ayya Khema. The Jhanas are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition.

Attendance is suitable only for experienced meditators who have attended at least two 7-day silent meditation retreats and have a regular sitting practice. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence with sitting and walking meditation and personal interviews. 

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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. Meals are served buffet style, and vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available upon request. Please note on your registration if you have any special dietary allergies.

Rooms are single occupancy, with 2-4 twin beds and shared bathrooms. The barn’s basic and rustic rooms include towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests. Please visit Claymont Society’s website for “Great Barn” room photos.

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 is between 4-6 p.m. Thursday, and the retreat will end after lunch on Sunday.

Meal clean-up (washing dishes, sweeping), making and stripping beds, and bell-ringing will be required yogi duties. This retreat is offered as fragrance-free as possible, so please do not bring or use any products with “parfum” or “fragrance” in the ingredients. 

Please read our blog post “What to Expect on Retreat

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

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. Those opting to pay by check are required to pay in full.

Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please register and choose the "Pay by Check" option if you are unable to pay a deposit at this time. Then submit the Scholarship Application (find here) to Anne Adams Green, Administrator. You will be notified of the award amount via email. If you still need to pay your deposit to IMCW, you will be sent instructions on how to make a payment. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than four weeks before the start of the retreat, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than four weeks before the retreat unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, the administrative fee will be $100 and the balance will be refunded. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early. You have the option to receive a refund or to offer the balance of the registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to the IMCW Scholarship Fund. Please contact us to specify your preferences.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please note any special accessibility needs in the comments section of the registration form.

Fees:

Camping:$850.00
Single room:$1,100.00

Contact us
Registration opens 1/2/2020.
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