PLEASE NOTE—YOU CANNOT REGISTER FOR THIS RETREAT ON THE MEETUP WEBSITE. Click here (https://lessfearful.eventbrite.com) for registration on Eventbrite. Be prepared to make your room selection, state your roommate preference (if you are selecting a double room), report your dietary restrictions, and make full payment with a debit or credit card.
All are welcome to join a three-day weekend retreat co-sponsored by Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group and North Suburban Meditation Community.
We humans experience a wide range of emotions, including fear. Fear can sometimes help us, but without mindfulness, we often aren’t aware when our thoughts and actions arise automatically out of the habits of our mind related to our fears. The practices of meditation and mindfulness give us the tools to shine the light of awareness on even our most subtle fears so that they don’t silently guide and direct us. In this retreat, we will examine what fear is, how it may arise and overcome us, and some strategies and antidotes so we don’t live a life controlled by fear.
The retreat format draws from the Mindfulness teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and from the Theravada Thai Forest tradition of tranquility and insight meditation. You need not be familiar with either tradition to get the most out of the retreat. This retreat is appropriate for those newer to Mindfulness meditation and for experienced practitioners. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk each day, group interviews with a teacher and Qigong.
In order to deepen the retreat experience for everyone, we ask that you make every effort to be present from the beginning until the end of the retreat.
Fees cover all meals Friday lunch through Sunday lunch, lodging, shared and semi-private baths, towels, linens and the meeting rooms. All meals will be vegetarian.
Fees cover retreat costs but do NOT include compensation for the teachers. Following an ancient tradition, David and Janice offer 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.
Parking: The Cenacle has a parking lot that will accommodate residential and commuting participants at no cost. NOTE—the lot is limited and will be administered on a first come, first served basis. Please check with the organizers regarding alternative parking options if the lot is full.
If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation.
Janice Cittasubha Sheppard has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation since 2002. She received training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader program and from the abbots of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Lay Buddhist Minister in the Theravada Thai Forest lineage. She teaches introductory and continuing classes on meditation and leads a weekly meditation group for the Madison Insight Meditation Group. She leads Buddhist practice groups in Wisconsin prisons, and offers a year-long intensive program, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism.
David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been a student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1993. He was ordained into that teacher’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing, in 2006. David has been particularly moved and motivated by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaging our practice of Mindfulness as we interact with others and with the world at large. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to prison inmates, men’s groups, combat veterans and those in recovery from addictions.
• Private Room, shared bath $280 (early registration encouraged)
• Double-occupancy Room (semi-private bath) $230 per person (early registration encouraged)
• Commuter (meals/retreat only) $170 (early registration encouraged)