In this meditation course for young adults, we will undertake mindfulness in three different ways through guided practice in community (sangha). First, we’ll learn and practice mindfulness meditation. Second, we’ll study an early Buddhist text titled “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness,” which lays out the practices we still do to this day, and the role mindfulness plays in awakening (nirvana). And third, we’ll practice mindfulness in our relationships with each other in community — bringing awareness to our conversations, friendships, and shared experience. While there will be extended periods of sitting and walking meditation (accessible for all bodies), we will have ample time for sharing and learning from each other as well as for movement, creativity, and naps.
Of the 30 available spaces for this retreat, we are holding 15 spaces for applicants who identify as people of color (POC). Additionally, we hope our retreat reflects the gender and sexuality diversity of our LGBTQIAGNC+ communities. We particularly encourage young adults and people of color to apply for financial assistance if needed. Requests for financial assistance of 30%, 40%, 50% or more may be made in the registration process.
To discover how contemporary mindfulness is rooted in the Buddhist tradition; learn and deepen meditation practice; and develop spiritual insight through peer learning and friendship.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be practiced after the evening session through breakfast. Lunch and dinner may begin with 15 minutes of silent, mindful eating.
Intended for beginning and experienced practitioners.