“Love Heals” Meditation Retreat
at Camp Gravatt (Aiken, SC)
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25
with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Nyema
Introduction to the Retreat
Love is the great protector. It protects us from negative states of mind such as anger, selfish intentions, and jealousy. When we turn our mind towards love, we naturally feel happy and fulfilled.
During this weekend meditation retreat in the tranquil environment of Santee State Park, learn how traditional meditations on love solve our daily problems and provide great healing for ourselves and others.
Retreat Schedule and Format
Each session will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Sessions will include teachings, The Liberating Prayer, and meditations. As the weekend progresses, the meditations themselves will grow longer. Overall, the meditation portion of each session will range from 25 to 45 minutes.
Friday, May 23
6:00pm – 7:15pm — Registration and check-in (in the Dining Hall)
7:30pm — Introduction & Meditation
Saturday, May 24
8:30am — Teaching & Meditation 1
11:00am — Teaching & Meditation 2
1:00pm — Lunch
4:30pm — Teaching & Meditation 3
6:30pm — Dinner
8:00pm — Q&A and Meditation
Sunday, May 25
8:30am — Teaching & Meditation 4
11:00am — Teaching & Meditation 5
Venue and Accommodations
The retreat will be held at the beautiful Camp Gravatt located off I-20 in Aiken, South Carolina. Situated on a beautiful lake, the surrounding area is perfect for quiet walks and contemplation.
Retreat sessions themselves, as well as meals, will be held in The Chapel. The Center will be providing comfortable chairs and some meditation cushions. If you have your own meditation cushion that you wish to bring, please feel free to do so.
Participants will be staying in the lodge rooms and cottage rooms. Like a standard hotel room, rooms will include fresh linens and towels. Each lodge room has 2 beds and a private bathroom. Each cottage has two dorm-style bedrooms and one bathroom which is located in between the two bedrooms. Both private rooms and shared rooms are available, as well as camping and RV (no hook-ups available). Smoking is prohibited in all rooms.
Please be aware that rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis. The rooms are expected to sell out. Should the rooms sell out, you can still attend the retreat itself but will have to make your own accommodation arrangements.
What to Bring
Snacks: Camp Gravatt will be providing dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. They will also provide hot coffee and tea throughout the weekend. You will not have access to the kitchen, and there are no kitchens in individual rooms. You may wish to bring some snacks with you for between meals, but please note that you will not be able to store any snacks in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall.
Layers of clothing: With a large group, it is almost impossible to find a temperature that everyone agrees upon! We will try to make the meditation room as comfortable as possible, but it’s still a good idea for you to come with layers of clothing so that you can adjust as you need to. This also holds true for socks as we will not be wearing shoes inside the meditation room.
Comfortable walking clothes: We encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely park during your stay.
Dharma books: You may wish to refer to your favorite Dharma books during the course of the retreat.
Meditation cushion: If you have your own meditation cushion that you would like to use, we suggest you bring it with you. We will also be providing chairs and some cushions. We will not have enough cushions for every participant, however.
What NOT to Bring
Cell Phones: It’s ok to bring your cell phone and check in with your family from time to time. However, we advise keeping your cell phone usage to a minimum and we specifically request that you do not bring it to retreat sessions with you. This will prevent the awkwardness of having your phone go off in the middle of a meditation session.
Music: During the retreat, it is a good idea to refrain from listening to music. For the sake of your own concentration and the sake of others’, please do not listen to music, even on headphones, while at the retreat.
Pets: Sorry, but due to pet allergies and the policies of Santee State Park, you will need to leave your animals at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this meditation retreat suitable for beginners?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat, regardless of experience level.
How much meditating will there be in each session?
Sessions last for 1.5 to 2 hours, but some of this time is taken up with teachings and preparatory prayers. You can expect the meditations themselves to be 25 minutes to 45 minutes.
Should I bring my own meditation cushion?
If you have a meditation cushion that you like to use, you are more than welcome to bring it with you. We will providing some meditation cushions but we will not have enough for all participants. We will also have comfortable chairs for everyone.
Is there a dress code?
Do I have to be a Buddhist?
No, everyone is welcome. However, you will want to know that each session will include some preparatory prayers, which you can choose to participate in or not.
Please see our website for full registration options.