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Finding Sea Legs in Saṃsāra: An Online “Householder” Retreat
Dates: Nov 29, 2020 - Dec 05, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Susan Morgan, Bill Morgan

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For many of us, bringing mindfulness into our daily lives is a significant challenge. Even when we get a taste of clarity while on retreat, our insight and resolve tend to weaken in the busyness of our multi-tasking lives.

This retreat is specifically designed to address this disheartening practice dilemma. It is intended to support the integration of a meaningful meditation practice into the flow of our everyday lives. During this precarious time, with fear and anxiety and uncertainty running high, making meditation supportive and relevant to our lives feels more important than ever.

Alone together, in our own and shared worlds, we will learn how to frame the day and intersperse moments of mindfulness practice throughout, in real time and in good company with others. 

Together we will focus on the foundation of meditation practice, a relatively stable,  settled internal holding environment. Our aim will be to make this holding environment increasingly “portable” and accessible throughout the activities of daily life. To this end, various reflections and exercises will be offered each day of the retreat. 

Two practice periods will ‘bookend’ each weekday, in the morning and in the evening, with a more expanded time for practice and reflection on the first evening and final morning. This leaves the weekday afternoons as a time to mindfully attend to the activities and commitments of a normal week.

This will be a Dana retreat.

All contributions received will go to BCBS.

Please join us for this unique offering!


Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Sunday

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Opening Talk and Meditation; Sitting, Standing, Walking

Monday - Friday

10:30 - 11:15 am, Guided Meditation (the online daily BCBS sit)

11:15 - 11:45 am, Group Discussion and Instruction

7:00 - 8:00 pm, Meditation and Daily Wrap-Up

Saturday

10:30 - 1:00 pm Meditation, Closing Discussion 

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here. Sessions will be recorded and uploaded within 24 hours.

  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

  • Bill Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.


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