This retreat – 1.5 hours north of Toronto – will be a blend of meditation practice and real world exploration. There will be plenty of silent sitting and guided instruction, plus optional cross-country skiing / snow-shoeing, a winter bonfire, and hot chocolate by the fire. Smallish group, intimate conversations, plenty of time for contemplation. There is nothing more beautiful – or quiet – than the Canadian forest in winter.
Meditation is both an exploration and a training. This popular 7-week course – now in its seventh year – features a mix of guided practice, discussion, and weekly meditation-in-action homework assignments. It is both practical and contemplative, with an honest take on both the limitations of practice, as well as its strange and beautiful transformative dimensions.
This 2.5 hour afternoon workshop at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica, will be a relaxed and practical distillation of what meditators have been learning for 2,500 years. The workshop will focus on practice, on the exploration and common-sense application of four key meditative skills – simplicity, clarity, equanimity and compassion – and how they can be mixed and matched to create the right customized practice.
In this Costa Rica retreat, we’ll alternate between dynamic movement and stillness. My co-teacher and friend Scott Davis is an integrative health and movement expert. Days will be a mix of sitting and yoga, of movement and stillness, of adventure and beach-chilling, with healthy meals and optional jungle and surfing excursions. Select for more.
The world is crazy. Meditation is sanity. The intention of this weekend training is to empower everyone – including people not remotely interested in becoming a “teacher” – to think about and care for their own mental health and the mental health of others. Learning to guide meditation practice is an excellent way to do both. As we get clearer about the practice of guiding a meditation, our own practice deepens immeasurably.
Welcome to Meditation Retreat for Fidgety Skeptics, where it doesn’t matter how many techniques and paths you’ve neurotically screwed up – in this workshop, we start again fresh! Join me at the flashy Omega Institute in upstate New York for a fun and rigorously humanistic weekend of meditation exploration, that … gets bat-shit mystical at the end, because, frankly, that’s where the fun is.
The CEC’s sixth annual “Meditate – Celebrate – Activate” retreat is happening in July 2019. This retreat is unique for the way it builds on mindfulness and meditation practices, taking insights from the cushion and applying them immediately to interactive community good-times.
At the Lama Foundation mystery school, I’ll be co-facilitating this retreat for environmental activists and professors interested in the deep end of ecological engagement. With Zen Activist and scientist Kritee Kritee and political scientist Paul Wapner.