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Befriending Yourself As You Are

Join us for a one-day retreat sponsored by the Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10AM-5PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1218 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL with David Haskin

We often become our own worst critic when what we find inside ourselves doesn’t match what we expect or hope for. Mindfulness, however, helps us to gently and lovingly accept ourselves just as we are so that we can become our own best friend.

Paradoxically, Mindfulness also provides the tools to both deeply understand ourselves and to begin to change in deep ways. We can befriend ourselves even as we develop the honest intention to change. Or, as the Zen master Shunryu Suzuki once said: “You are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement.”

Start the new year by joining us for a day-long retreat in which we will explore how the meditative practice of Mindfulness can help us lovingly and skillfully befriend ourselves. To do this, we will practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, and practical exercises aimed at creating increased awareness, self-acceptance and wisdom about our inner selves.

This retreat is appropriate for both newcomers to Mindfulness and meditation and for experienced practitioners.

Cost: $25 per person. Fees cover the cost to use the facility but do NOT include compensation for the teacher. Following an ancient tradition, David offers these teachings freely and will gratefully accept dana, or a free-will offering, at the end of the retreat if you are able and if you find the teachings helpful. Anyone facing financial challenges who would like to come should plan to attend. Please contact the organizer for more information regarding scholarships.

Date, Time and Location: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10AM-5PM. We will meet in the Passavant Room on the second floor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1218 W. Addison Street, Chicago (Addison and Magnolia). Use the entrance on Magnolia Street. Please plan to arrive at 9:45AM so we can start the day at 10AM.

Parking: You will not need a parking permit unless your car will still be parked after 6PM. (Restricted parking goes from 6PM to 6AM.) Guest parking passes for the 383 parking district are available for purchase for .50 cents.

Comfort and lunch: Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation. Please note that much of this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence. Bring a brown bag lunch and a beverage for the meal at noon.

About David Haskin:
David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and is an ordained member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to men’s groups, those in recovery, veterans and inmates in Wisconsin’s prisons.

To review a flyer with this information, go to http://files.meetup.com/428729/Jan19_retreat3.pdf

Note that you can RSVP through this website if you are a member of this meetup group or you can use the flyer to register by mail. (Please feel free to join the meetup group. There are no pre-qualifications and all are welcomed!)

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  • Mark Z (.

    A wonderful experience from start to finish. This was my 3rd retreat with David & although I found it to be the most challenging (based on its theme) I also felt that it was the most beneficial. It was inspiring to sit & grow with so many courageous practitioners. I am extremely grateful for everyone's presence, energy, insights & openness. Thank you so much Steve for creating the time & space for David to be here once again. Namaste with much Love

    January 22, 2013

  • Deanna L.

    This was a wonderful workshop. It was simultaneously relaxing, challenging, thought provoking, and deeply emotional. The presenter was fantastic and the group was supportive and engaged.

    January 21, 2013

  • Cheryl M.

    I want to echo these comments, I frequently attend these type of retreats and agree this one was very special. David is a wonderful presenter and I appreciated Steve's graciousness.

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found this retreat to be very informational and transformative. I got so much more out of the day than I had expected! I especially loved this particular topic.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Relaxing, challenging, energizing. One of the best day retreats I ever attended.

    January 20, 2013

  • Steve S.

    David's thoughtful ways of responding and teaching helped us create a wonderful day of mindfulness. I was deeply touched and got a lot from the day!

    January 20, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    David is an excellent teacher; a wonderful day.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to going tomorrow but I'm going to have to work.

    January 18, 2013

  • Carolyn U.

    I'd really like to attend but when I RSVP it says this event is closed to new RSVPs. Does anyone know another way to RSVP?

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There was a message that went out saying the event was full but I need to cancel. So you can have my spot, but I'm not sure how that works.

      January 18, 2013

  • JD

    Excited!

    January 14, 2013

  • KT9000

    Vaguely related topic... While doing the crossword in the local paper in Hyderabad, India, I came across an interesting column. It is in the "Files" section under the title "BreakThePot.pdf". Enjoy!

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I RSVP'ed awhile ago. Do we prepay here or another way?

    1 · December 29, 2012

    • Steve S.

      Hi Christine. You can pay at the door when you arrive :-)

      December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interested in this group. Looking forward to participating in January. Is there anything happening before January?

    November 25, 2012

    • Steve S.

      Hi Colleen. We meditate every Monday evening at 7PM. Come and join us. Check out the homepage of this website.

      November 25, 2012

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Refunds offered if:

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Additional notes: We cannot offer refunds for cancellations after January 16, 2013.

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