investigating Reality: The Four Ennobling Truths
A five-night retreat with erin treat & EUGENE CASH
Tuesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 28
This insight meditation retreat will utilize the foundations of mindfulness to cultivate a steady, embodied awareness, which will allow us to look deeply into the reality of our immediate experience. The practice of mindfulness and meditation bring clarity of mind and heart that deepens into wisdom and compassion.
On this retreat we will explore the essence of the Buddha’s teachings of suffering and liberation by examining the four ennobling truths—suffering, the cause of suffering, freedom from suffering, and the path that leads to freedom—through meditation, interactive investigation, and reflection. The embodiment of our understanding will allow us to more deeply recognize our true nature, inviting greater freedom, spaciousness, and love.
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 the context of noble silence with one period of interactive inquiry each afternoon, during which we will practice mindful speaking and listening.
Please plan to turn off and put away all electronic devices for the duration of the retreat so that you can participate fully. People from all identities and backgrounds are wholeheartedly welcome to participate in this special offering.
DATES: Tuesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 28, 2019. 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 to $980. The 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 March 18. There is an additional $40 discount for tent campers (but not for RV campers). Scholarships are available at a rate of 50% off the base rate, which is $290. Please email Tammy Hoier at email@example.com to sign up for a scholarship prior to registering. To secure your spot in the retreat, we ask a $200 deposit.
We welcome participants from all financial and underrepresented backgrounds. We invite you to pay at the level that you can afford so that the Dharma Center can continue to offer these teachings to all who seek them. If you would like to pay at a different level than is offered here, please contact Tammy Hoier at 304-290-4328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Those offering the teachings rely on the donations of retreat participants to support their valuable work in this world. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to offer a donation to the teachers.
REGISTER: Online on this website (see upper left corner of this page) or via the downloadable registration form (click here) with the deposit ($200) payable to Durango Dharma Center. Please send form to Ginger St. Ours, 611 CR 234, Durango, CO 81301.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Tammy Hoier at email@example.com or 304-290-4328.
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 EUGENE CASH: Eugene is the founding teacher of San Francisco Insight. Since 1995 he has served as a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council. At Spirit Rock, Eugene also co-leads the Community Dharma Leaders (CDL) training. He has taught intensive meditation retreats internationally for twenty-five years. Eugene’s teaching is influenced by many streams of Buddhism, including Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan. He is also a Diamond Approach teacher. He’s passionate about practicing 24/7, supporting awareness, investigation, and realization in daily life.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please note that we have a new cancellation policy! Should you need to cancel your registration, we encourage you to let Tammy Hoier (firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-290-4328) 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.