Finding Peace in the Chaos

Buddha with purple flowers Shell Fischer Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley

Shell Fischer

1/25/2020 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  at  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655) (Map It)

If you don’t become the ocean, you will be seasick every day.

~ Leonard Cohen

During this daylong meditation retreat, we’ll be exploring a variety of different mindfulness methods we can use to approach and re-discover the calm, peace, and ease of equanimity – or balanced awareness – in the face of what are often called the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows that make up all the days and moments of our lives.

As we practice together, we’ll begin to tap into the many ways in which we can learn to accept and welcome each moment – life as it IS – with as much peace, compassion, and grace as we can muster, without falling into despair and resignation, and without making anything wrong – especially ourselves.

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

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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, 6380 Valley Pike, 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 to those with mobility impairments.

Parking and Public Transportation

This venue has plenty of parking and is accessible by public transportation.

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.

Registration

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 "Contact Us" 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 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:$75.00
Mid-level (Base + $10 donation):$85.00
Sponsor (Base + $20 donation):$95.00

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