Weekend Retreat: A Path to Freedom

Weekend Retreat: A Path to Freedom

Wellspring Conference Center Stan Eisenstein Nancy Brutsché

Stan Eisenstein and Nancy Brutsché

5/25/2018 - 5/27/2018 at Wellspring Conference Center, (11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD, 20876) (Map It)

Weekend Retreat: A Path to Freedom – Cultivating the Noble Truths

Arrival 4 p.m. (dinner at 5:30, event starts at 7 p.m.). Event ends at 5 p.m, with an optional dinner afterward.

The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha are a simple yet profound guide to moving beyond suffering and stress and into greater freedom, spontaneity, and love. Through dharma talks, group meetings with the teacher, meditation instruction, gentle qigong practices, and personal meditation, you will be guided to practice cultivating direct experiences of the Four Noble Truths at this silent retreat.

The retreat center is nestled in many acres of wooded land in a secluded area of Montgomery County, MD. The property includes a number of trails, a lake, and a labyrinth.

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

All meals are vegetarian starting with dinner on Friday and ending with dinner on Sunday. If you have special dietary needs (e.g. gluten-free, vegan), please include this in your registration notes.

All rooms are double-occupancy. A tent camping option is available as well. If you have special room needs, please contact the retreat managers.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

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

Teacher biographies can be found on our Teacher webpages.

Retreat Manager: Beth Silverman


Registration Information


Camping $235

Double Room $265

Single Room $325 (Limited availability)

50% deposit required:  You have the option of paying the full fee upfront or making a 50% deposit to reserve your place at the retreat, with balance due upon arrival.

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 check 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.

Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager listed.


Base price:$235.00

Any questions? Contact us