New Year's Retreat 2020

Pearlstone Retreat Center Tara Brach Jonathan Foust Anam Thubten Rinpoche Kate Johnson

Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Kate Johnson

12/27/2020 4:00 PM - 1/2/202111:30 AM  at  Pearlstone Retreat Center (5425 Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD, 21136) (Map It)

Intimacy with Life

Sunday, December 27-Saturday, January 2

Vipassana, or Buddhist meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. 

The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.

This is a silent meditation retreat held in noble silence; it is not an interactive workshop.

Diversity Terms

Set in the rolling farmlands of Maryland, Pearlstone's modern facilities and 164 acres offer guests a beautiful place to spend a retreat. The rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent, and the staff is warm and welcoming. The Kayam Loop Trail circles the perimeter of the campus; it is just over 2 miles long and has multiple entrance and exit points for guests. The trail also includes a side trail leading to the confluence of the two streams that border the property and flow into Liberty Reservoir, Patapsco River, and Chesapeake Bay.

All of the facilities are accessible to those with mobility impairments.

Driving directions from Washington, DC/South, NW Baltimore, Philadelphia/Northeast, Pittsburg/West, Harrisburg/North, BWI Airport, and Penn Station.

Check-in begins @ 4 p.m. on Sunday; retreat ends at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with an optional lunch served at 1:30 p.m.

All room fees include meals and shared bathrooms. Meals at the Pearlstone Retreat Center are lacto-ovo vegetarian. 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 restrictions.

Bell-ringing will be an optional yogi duty.

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

Registration for this retreat is by lottery.

Registration opens August 29. We will take registrations through September 19, and then run the lottery. We will inform you of the results the week of September 27. A deposit is required to register for the retreat lottery.

If you are not granted a space through the lottery, you will be placed on the waiting list. If you do not want to remain on the waiting list, please contact your retreat manager and your deposit will be refunded in full.

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.

Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager listed.

Fees:

Dorm room:$1,090.00
Double room:$1,240.00
Single room (Special needs only. Describe in comments):$1,720.00

Contact us
Registration opens 8/29/2020.
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