Peace is the Way - Eight Mindful Steps Toward Peace @ Techny Towers

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Techny Towers

2001 Waukegan Rd · Techny, IL

How to find us

Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center is located on the east side of Waukegan Road directly north of Willow Road.

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Please note—you cannot RSVP for this event directly via this website on meetup. Click here 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 in our first ever five day retreat co-sponsored by the Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group and the North Suburban Meditation Community.

Sometimes we are at war with ourselves, sometimes we have conflicts with others and sometimes it feels like the world is tearing itself apart. In the face of conflict, we can feel angry, torn and disoriented we
suffer. The Buddha gave us a clear path to peace in ourselves and the world: The Noble Eightfold Path.

We hope you are able to attend our extended retreat as we explore this powerful path to peace. This meditation retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners, and, in keeping with tradition will be held in noble silence. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, teacher interviews, group discussion periods, guided Qigong practices, and mindful eating.

Date, Time and Location:

Wednesday, April 10, 3:00PM to Sunday, April 14 4:00PM. All sessions held at Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center, 2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, IL 60082 [masked]).

**Please plan to arrive in time to be present for the opening session at 4PM.

Parking: Techny Towers has a parking lot that will accommodate all residential and commuting participants at no cost.

If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation.


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.

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 for individuals seeking deeper understanding of the Buddha’s discourses and meditation practice.

Steven Spiro is an ordained Buddhist Chaplain in the American Zen Peacemaker Order with a concentration in Being With Dying. He’s been a Qigong teacher for twenty years, and is the originator of Breathing Earth Qigong, which he’s offered in a variety of retreat settings. He’s an artist, a grandfather, and a core member of SnowFlower, a Thich Nhat Hanh sangha in Madison, Wisconsin.


• Single-occupancy room with private bath - $625 (early registration encouraged)

• Double-occupancy room with semi-private bath - $575 (early registration encouraged)

• Commuter (meals/retreat only) $295 (early registration encouraged)

Fees cover dinner on Wednesday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, lodging, private or shared baths, towels and the meeting rooms. If you have dietary restrictions or roomate requests please make those known when you register on Eventbrite.

**Special note: We have planned for vegetarian meals to be served both for lunch and dinner but, per Techny policy, breakfast is always served along with meat options to accommodate other retreats that may be present. We support that each retreatant's choice for their morning meal will be based on their own value system.

Fees cover retreat costs but do NOT include compensation for the teacher.

Following an ancient tradition, David, Jan and Steven offer 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.

For more information feel free to contact either:

Mark Zelkowitz, Organizer, North Suburban Meditation Community ([masked] or[masked]) OR,

Stephen Starr, Organizer, Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group ([masked] or[masked])

A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are interested in obtaining one or contributing toward additional scholarships, please contact Mark or Steve.

We would be honored by your presence.