Weekend Retreat: Befriending Your Fear

Weekend Retreat: Befriending Your Fear

Shell Fischer Claymont Society, Great Barn

Shell Fischer

6/8/2018 - 6/10/2018 at Claymont Society, Great Barn, (667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV, 25414) (Map It)

Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10

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.

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

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.

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.

Claymont Society entranceDuring our retreat, we’ll be meditating in the unique, expansive Octagon building attached to the Great Barn, once frequently used by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn.

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.

Guest Rooms: The Great Barn’s comfortable, unique rooms include towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets for guests. 

This venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments.

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

Retreat Manager: Shell Fischer

Teacher biographies can be found on the Teachers webpage.


Registration Information

Fee: $325

For more information and to register, please visit www.mindfulvalley.com.


Any questions? Contact us