Inquiry and Insight Weekend Retreat

Wellspring Conference Center Stan Eisenstein Rob Creekmore

Stan Eisenstein and Rob Creekmore

5/22/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  at  Wellspring Conference Center (11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD, 20876) (Map It)

Insight may be described as any shift in awareness and conscious or subconscious meaning that brings a decrease in dukkha – a decrease in our sense of suffering, stress, or dissatisfaction. Inquiry, or the Wisdom Factor as the Buddha referred to it, is the process through which Insight becomes more likely. The Buddha likened wisdom to a sword that cuts through the knot of dukkha, bringing a greater sense of freedom. 

In this retreat, we will focus on perspectives and practices that enhance the process of inquiry. Through dharma talks, guided meditations, and group meetings with the teacher, a number of principles of inquiry will be discussed and practiced. 

Much of the retreat will be held in Noble Silence, though there will be periods when we will be interacting in small groups or with partners. 

The retreat size is limited to 36 participants to foster an intimate experience. 

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Wellspring Conference Center is located on the property of Dayspring -- a 200+ acre expanse of woodlands, meadows, ponds and wildlife in Germantown, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The property includes a number of trails, a lake, and a labyrinth. 

All of the buildings are sited and constructed to conform to the existing landscape and limit the ecological footprint. With a unique angular, split-level design, our three rustic cabins open up to the forest with window expanses connecting inside spaces with the surrounding woods. The main meeting building features floor-to-ceiling windows along its three sides, a stone fireplace and a vaulted ceiling sheathed in light pine, topped by a skylight.

This venue has plenty of free parking. 

Listening devices will not be available.

The retreat center is handicap-accessible with some limitations. Please contact the retreat manager for further information ("Contact Us", below).

Arrival starts at 4 p.m., dinner at 5:30, formal program begins at 7 p.m. The retreat concludes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, with an optional dinner afterward.

Tasty and healthy home-cooked meals feature fresh baked breads, and at breakfast, Wellspring's signature "Janet's Scones" with creme and seasonal berries or fruits. All meals are vegetarian. If you have special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free, vegan), please include this in your registration notes.

Most rooms are double-occupancy. A few single rooms are available. A tent camping option is available as well. Please note if you have someone that you would like to room with. If you have special room needs, please contact the retreat managers ("Contact Us", below).

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

Please note that all prices include 7 meals.

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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