Second Saturday Sangha in March will be an overnight residential retreat at Benedict Inn from 11 am Saturday, March 14 to noon Sunday, March 15. Accommodations and meals are included in the registration fee.
OPTIONS: Participants (please see the Spring Day Retreat for details on the day portion of the retreat) have two :
1. Come and register at 10:30 for both the day and overnight retreat. Your registration includes a light supper at 4 on Saturday and hot breakfast at 8 Sunday am. You are, of course, free to fast and not eat supper that will be a right-speech, community event
2. If you plan to just come for the formal Overnight Retreat, please make arrangements with Cindy Brown for when you plan to arrive. The Five-Precept Silent Overnight Retreat begins at 7 pm and ends at noon, Sunday.
MEALS: There will be no lunch served Saturday but participants can bring food to eat on their own. You may even go out to eat. Light supper will be served if enough people sign up for the day portion of the retreat. If you're doing the overnight but don't plan to come for supper, please let Cindy know. No lunch on Sunday.
SILENCE: Silence will begin at 7 pm Saturday night for those who’ll stay for the overnight retreat. Five precepts but not silence will be asked of those who come during the day Saturday. Supper if served i.e. enough people are coming for the day, will be social, with Right Speech.
Silence means having 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 from 7 pm Saturday to noon Sunday, please consider taking another retreat. Silence includes no use of electronic devices to communicate.
TEACHER: Orlando Gustilo has over 30 years experience in psychiatric and Buddhist 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.
REGISTRATION: 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, meetup fees, etc. Sustaining is IBMR's actual cost. Benefactor provides an opportunity to support IBMR's vision of making regular and longer Dhamma practice available to practitioners. Much of the work at IBMR are provided by volunteers.
Fees for single occupancy of a room with 2 beds, the bath and toilet down the hall, are as follows: $150 (benefactor), $125 (Sustaining), $100 (Mid), and $80 (Base). For a private room with its own bath, add $35 to the fee chosen.
To encourage intensive training, those who have taken a previous retreat with IBMR may deduct $25 from the fee rate they choose.
As usual, full or partial scholarships are available for those who can’t afford the full fee. Apply to the Retreat Manager before payment is made or before it is due.
A $25 deposit can reserve your room but payment in full has to be made by March 11, Wednesday, at 9PM. If you have committed yourself to the retreat, concretize your commitment by making your payment early.
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.