Half-Day: Practicing Presence
- 12:00 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, (1625 Wiehle Avenue, Reston, VA) (Map It)
Practicing Presence to Hardwire Calm and Reduce Everyday Stress
The focus of this retreat is to connect to the present moment and our own authentic self; to find less stress and more calm in our daily lives. We will cultivate and discover the value of stillness to help us rest in the “here and now” moment.
Practices and methods will be offered to help us see clearly, release patterns of holding, and to strengthen our connection to all of life. Exploring mindfulness techniques, we will offer ways to find calm and peace through relationship and connection with ourselves. In mindfulness practice, we can learn to act and relate to the world around us in more skillful ways. Time will alternate between sits, talks, and sharing.
This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.
Retreat manager: Lisa Sneevly
Teacher biographies can be found on the Teachers webpage.
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.
Our daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.
Fees: Base $25, Mid $35, Sponsor $45
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: $10 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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