Opening Our Hearts to Everything

Claymont Society, Great Barn Hugh Byrne Rebecca Hines

Hugh Byrne and Rebecca Hines

5/29/2020 4:00 PM - 5/31/202011:30 AM  at  Claymont Society, Great Barn (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

Opening Our Hearts to Everything: A Weekend of Loving-kindness

Friday, May 29-Sunday, May 31

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the qualities of loving kindness (metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. We will tenderly explore our capacity to transform suffering through practices of loving-kindness and awareness. Loving-kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, opening to the freedom that is always available. 

On this retreat loving-kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction, talks, mindful movement, and walking meditation. 

Diversity Terms

The retreat center is committed to using green technology, and most of its excellent organic cuisine is made from fresh, local produce. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available upon request.

During our retreat, we’ll be using a sunny, peaceful, air-conditioned meditation hall inside the center, along with the open, expansive Octagon building, once frequently used by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. This special sanctuary makes listening to sounds of the surrounding natural beauty vivid, and deeply calming.

The barn’s comfortable, unique rooms include air conditioning, towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests.

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 will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, and the retreat will end at 3 p.m. Sunday. 

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.

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