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Soulmaking Dharma: Roots in to the Ground of Soul

Residential Program
Dates: Jan 09, 2023 - Jan 15, 2023
Days: Monday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 6 nights

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee

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Course Description:

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.

For meditators who have already begun to explore Soulmaking Dharma through the online Foundations course, this residential retreat offers an opportunity to consolidate their practice and understanding as well as to receive new teachings, and extend their explorations.

 This retreat will include sitting, walking and other moving meditations; teachings; small groups and individual meetings; Q and A; and some relational and group practices. The retreat will be mostly held in silence except for and there will be some optional times for informal non-silent spaces.

 For considerations regarding traveling and carbon emissions, please read the relevant section on the application.

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.


Did you participate in one of the fall online Soulmaking courses (fall 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022)?


This program will be offered by application. Applications will open on August 25, 2022 and close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on September 30, 2022, and spaces will be offered by October 12th. Payment will be due two weeks from notification of acceptance.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

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 member of the Gaia House teacher council, 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.