Many meditators struggle to establish a regular meditation practice that is meaningful and enlivening. Others continue to practice in a manner that causes unnecessary pain and struggle, reinforcing a sense of discouragement or failure. Why is this? Why does meditation continue to feel like another ‘should’ for so many practitioners, rather than a practice that is both restorative and relevant in the everydayness of our lives?
To cultivate a restorative practice, setting up the foundation, the starting point of meditation, is of critical importance. It is also an area where meditation instruction is often thin. In this retreat, we will specifically address how to develop a foundation for our meditation practice that can grow to become a nourishing and deeply relevant dimension of our lives.
During our time together, we will study and practice setting up the posture of meditation. Alone together, we will build our meditation from the ground up, learning how to create and sustain an environment conducive to making progress in mindfulness meditation. We will explore a variety of meditation instructions, guided meditations, and practices. Periods of teaching will alternate with sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time for group discussion and dyadic mindful communication exercises.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
The format of this course includes dedicated periods of both noble silence and mindful speech. Participants are encouraged to actively participate in group discussion and dyadic mindful communication exercises. Noble silence is to be upheld at other times.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.