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Blessed and Beloved Beyonds: A Soulmaking Dharma Retreat

Residential Program
Dates: Jan 10, 2024 - Jan 17, 2024
Days: Wednesday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 7 nights

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee

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Program Description:

In what ways can an attraction towards the ‘Beyonds’ serve our deepest values in the world?

Growing out of an understanding of the Buddha’s teachings of emptiness, as well as the practices of mindfulness, metta, and samatha, soulmaking practices open our senses of sacredness and meaningful participation in the cosmos.

Through wisely discerning explorations of our ways of looking, of imagination, and of the movements of desire, we liberate beauty, discovery, and creativity, and extend our ranges of experience, insight, and freedom.

On this retreat you will be supported to become more skilled and steady in the arts of imaginal perception and discern the next steps for your path of practice. This will include: becoming familiar with different entry points for imaginal perception, refining your capacities to work with Imaginal Images and contemplating “Blessed and Beloved Beyonds,” through Soulmaking Dharma ways of looking.

The retreat will be mostly silent and alongside sitting and walking meditation will include facilitated interactive exercises, movement/dancing, and shared liturgy and ceremony with some optional periods of informal time together.

A consideration regarding carbon emissions from Catherine:

Like some of you, I have been grappling with the ethics around Dharma events and carbon-intensive forms of transport that might be involved in traveling to retreat venues, particularly flying. Whatever you decide about this particular retreat in terms of travel, we would like to affirm, in the spirit and example of Rob, a rigorous turning towards these questions as a part of our Dharma practice in this era of climate crisis and ecological breakdown. If you have attended a Fall online program, wanted to come to a Soulmaking retreat and decided not to for these reasons, please let Catherine know via contact@buddhistinquiry.org subject: Carbon consideration: FAO Catherine

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners.


Participation in the Autumn Soulmaking Dharma online program.


This program will be offered by application. Applications will open on September 12th and close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on September 28, 2023, and spaces will be offered within two weeks. Payment will be due two weeks from notification of acceptance.

Cancellation Policy:
This policy applies to all residential programs, including Paths. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. As of 2023, 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date and there is a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel two weeks or more in advance. Beginning in 2024, prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Catherine McGee  has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999.  She is a Gaia House teacher council member, teaches yearly at IMS and BCBS, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha – a web-based sangha exploring Buddhist responses to the climate and ecological crises. She collaborated closely with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching "A Soulmaking Dharma" from 2014 -2020.