Daylong: Befriending Our Fear
- 4:30 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah, (6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA, 22655) (Map It)
“A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us. ” ~ Pema Chödrön
We all experience fear; it’s a very natural part of being alive. Yet, when our fears balloon and begin to overwhelm us, we can feel increasingly isolated, defensive, or out of control as we try even harder to tie fear down, hide from it, or defend against the things that scare us the most.
Paradoxically, instead of fleeing or fighting, the way out of this scary place and into a more calm state of grace is to courageously begin to name, investigate, get-to-know, and even be-friend our fears so that they no longer haunt us, or take us hostage.
During our time together, we’ll be exploring ways that we can begin to take a closer look at our fears, at some of the reasons they hijack us, and at how we can slowly begin to face and dissolve them with grace, curiosity, courage, and a tremendous amount of kindness and compassion.
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 p.m., and we’ll finish with a half-hour dedicated to questions.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive more information and suggestions from Shell.
IMCW Retreats and Workshops
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.
Retreat manager: Shell Fischer
Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance. Please complete a separate registration for each yogi. We want to know about each one of you!
Fees: Base $75, Supporter $85, Sponsor $95
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 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 check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited.
Accessibility: Please specify any special needs or accommodations in the "Special Requests" section of the registration form. Thank you.
Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).
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