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Finding Sea Legs in Saṃsāra: An Online “Householder” Retreat

Online Program
Dates: Aug 06, 2023 - Aug 12, 2023

Instructor(s): Susan Morgan, Bill Morgan

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Course Description:

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. An at-home retreat is an ideal context in which to integrate 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 daily life activities. To this end, various reflections and exercises will be offered each day of the retreat. 

Over one full week, 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.

Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. This strengthens the continuity of your own practice and the sense of togetherness as a community.

This will be a dana retreat.

Contributions received will be shared between BCBS and the Morgans.

Please join us for this unique offering!

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Sunday, August 6

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

Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11

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

11:15-11:45 am ET: Group Discussion & Instruction

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

Saturday, August 12

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

Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

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):
  • 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.