quieting the mind, freeing the heart
five-night retreat with erin treat & tempel smith
Assisted by Yong Oh
Friday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 16
During this five-night retreat, we will engage in Buddhist practices of lovingkindness, mindfulness, and insight meditation, developing an embodied awareness of our present-moment experience. With kind, sustained attention, we become available to experience deepening wisdom and compassion both on retreat and within our daily lives.
The teachings of this retreat will draw upon the four foundational ways of attending to experience (satipatthana). We will practice to cultivate and recognize an inward-dwelling attention that allows us to meet the moments of our lives with more courage, responsiveness, and ease.
This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation practice as well as those who are already dedicated to this path of awakening. Our retreat will be held in noble silence from the first evening until the last morning, including a requirement to turn off and put away all electronic devices. We wholeheartedly welcome folks from all identities and backgrounds to participate in this retreat.
DATES: Friday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 16. The retreat starts in the afternoon and ends by about noon on the last day.
VENUE: Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast in McElmo Canyon outside of Cortez, Colorado.
COST: Sliding scale, $620-$1,000. Fee includes five nights of shared lodging and three meals daily. There is a $40 early-bird discount for signing up and paying the deposit before April 11. There is an additional $40 discount for tent campers (but not for RV campers). Financial assistance is available by contacting Cindy Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 764-8070. To secure your spot in the retreat, we ask a $200 deposit.
This retreat is offered on the basis of dana, a practice of shared (or mutual) generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to the teachers.
REGISTER: Online on this website or via the downloadable registration form (click here) with the deposit ($200) payable to Durango Dharma Center. Please send form to Cindy Dunbar, 46 Durango Road, Durango, CO 81301.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Cindy Dunbar, at email@example.com or (970) 764-8070.
ABOUT ERIN TREAT: Erin is the resident dharma teacher at the Durango Dharma Center and an authorized teacher in the lineage of Western Theravada Buddhism. She has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1995. Since 2003, Erin has served the DDC in a variety of roles, including serving on the board of directors and the Dharma Council. Erin has completed the Community Dharma Leader training program as well as the intensive four-year Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training. She is also guiding teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in northern New Mexico and teaches regularly at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society.
ABOUT TEMPEL SMITH: Tempel Smith teaches mindfulness, insight, and metta meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-body awareness. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw. Now, he organizes the Dedicated Practitioners Program for Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts.
ABOUT YONG OH: Yong Oh has studied Soto Zen and vipassana with various teachers, including his primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara, since 2006. He is an acupuncturist, a co-teacher at Chattanooga Insight, a community dharma leader who speaks frequently at the Durango Dharma Center, and a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader Program. He is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please note that we have a new cancellation policy! Should you need to cancel your registration, we encourage you to let Cindy Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-764-8070) know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot up to another participant. The cancellation fees increase as we approach the retreat:
More than 4 weeks prior to the retreat: $100 fee retained, refund of $100.
Between 4 weeks and 1 week prior to the retreat: $150 fee retained, refund of $50.
7 days prior to retreat: $200 deposit retained, no refund.
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