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Two-Night New Year Residential Retreat: Developing Quiet and Clarity

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Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

1402 Southern Avenue · Beech Grove, IN

How to find us

Come in from the parking lot off Southern Avenue.

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Our first New Year teacher-led Weekend Retreat with accomodations for sleeping and breakfast is for two nights, from Friday, January 18, Friday at 7 pm to Sunday at 12 noon.

Registration opens at 6 pm Friday. Participants are encouraged to come earlier if you have time, secure your room, make sure everything works fine, walk around the campus and begin to still the mind.

Meals: There will be no supper served both nights but participants can bring food to eat on their own. Those who can fast after noon are encouraged to try this traditional Buddhist practice. Continental or hot breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday morning, lunch on Saturday. If we don’t have enough attendees, we can’t order hot meals just for our group. Meals shall be silent and mindful.

Because of the food constraint, participants have to make sure their physical health will tolerate fasting or taking a light supper.

The retreat is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the retreat. Be aware that retreats can be difficult for those with little practice time but difficulty can also result in a more profound experience.

Participants shall be asked to take the Five Training Precepts including Silence, with completely no communication with anyone outside or inside the retreat except with the teacher. If you need to stay in contact with family or anyone during the retreat hours as posted above, please consider taking another retreat.

Training shall be in the Nikaya Early Buddhist tradition based on the Pali canon and Zen but will be geared for the modern trainee in language and training tools. Reading, writing, and the use of electronic devices during the retreat (other than for checking time) are discouraged.

Teacher: Orlando Gustilo has over 30 years experience in psychodynamic psychiatry and Buddhist meditation practice. He started in the Zen tradition in 1985 until he sat with Ruth Denison at IMS in 1986. He has taught and led retreats since 2014, leading the monthly 2nd Saturday Sangha Retreats at All Souls since 2015.

Retreat Fees: IBMR's retreat fees are on a sliding scale. This allows participants to pay according to individual means. There are five rates: Benefactor, Sustaining, Mid, Base and Scholarship.

Base does not cover IBMR's cost but is subsidized by those able to pay more. Mid is IBMR's cost without overhead expenses like office supplies, promotional materials, volunteer time, meetup fees, etc. Sustaining is IBMR's actual cost. Benefactor provides opportunity to show appreciation and support the IBMR's vision for Dhamma practice.

Scholarships are need-based, the amount dependent on meet-up member dana and donations, and must be applied for to Cindy Brown prior to registration.

For this retreat, fees are as follows: Base - $160, $200, $230, $260.

These are for Double Occupancy rooms. To request Single Occupancy, add $35 to your chosen rate. This is subject to availability, and on a first-come-first-served basis. $25 deposit can reserve your room but payment in full has to be made by January 16th at 9PM.

One-night retreat is available on either Friday or Saturday, both starting at 7 pm and ending before lunch at noon the following day. Fee is half the rates quoted above.

If you cannot meet the deadline for paying your registration fee, please contact the retreat manager, Cindy Brown. You may also contact her to apply for available scholarship.

Please send cash or checks made out to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown at: 8865 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You may contact her at: [masked]. You may also hand her the cash or check at a meet-up.

Refunds: The entire fee is refunded minus $50 if cancellation is made 4 weeks or more before the scheduled retreat. No refunds after 4 weeks except for medical emergencies.

Teacher Dana. Fee does NOT include dana for the teacher. Traditionally, Buddhist teachings are given freely, the community expressing their gratitude and appreciation of the value of the teachings by supporting teachers.