Cultivating Self-Kindness Weekend

Hand on heart Wellspring Conference Center or Online Option Luisa Montero-Diaz Stan Eisenstein

Luisa Montero-Diaz and Stan Eisenstein

9/3/2021 5:00 PM - 9/5/20215:00 PM  at  Wellspring Conference Center or Online Option (11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD, 20876) (Map It)

Weekend Silent Retreat: Tending and Befriending – Cultivating Self-Kindness (online & in-person options)

One of the most pervasive challenges human beings face is the inner critic, that part of the psyche that blames and judges ourselves and others. Most of the time the critical voice remains unexamined, so it continues to run in the background, coloring all of our experience and causing suffering. When we bring the critic into conscious awareness and practice holding it and ourselves in kindness, we can start to gain insight into, and freedom from its dictates. This practice is valuable for meditators at any level of experience. 

In this retreat, we will explore practices that cultivate self-kindness, focusing on bringing kindness to the experience of the inner critic. We will do this through dharma talks, guided meditations, exercises, and group meetings with the teachers.  

This event has both in-person and online options. In order to attend in-person, you must  provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19.

REGISTER HERE

 

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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.

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. There are both single and double rooms, with two shared bathrooms in each cabin. 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 is partly accessible for those with mobility impairments. Please contact the manager if you have mobility concerns.

Registration begins 4 p.m. Friday, dinner at 5:30. Friday, formal program starts at 6:30 p.m. Retreat ends 5 p.m. Sunday, with dinner afterward.

Tasty and healthy home-cooked vegetarian meals feature fresh baked breads, and at breakfast, Wellspring's signature "Janet's Scones" with creme and seasonal berries or fruits. Gluten-free and vegan options will also be available. Contact the manager if you have special dietary needs.

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

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 ($15 for the online retreat option). 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.

Note: Because this is an online retreat, participants are encouraged to find space of relative quiet, limiting the amount of interaction with others in the environment as much as possible. Participants may join by internet or via phone. 

Participants will be given the Zoom link in the registration confirmation email and again via email the week before the course begins.

Zoom participants will have the same access to teacher-led groups as do in-person participants.

How do I get on a Zoom class?

Mindfulness Online: What it is Like to Participate in Retreats, Workshops, Courses and Classes via Video Conference, by Stan Eisenstein

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