Quiet Mind, OpenHeart" is a unique, intimate weekend of communal silence and meditation practice with gay men. This gentle workshop is a time to unplug from the busyness of life, slow down, and explore the ancient Buddhist practice of sati ( compassionate, mindful awareness). During our time together we share meals, attune our hearts and minds to the natural beauty around us, and practice sitting and walking meditation, all in the soft cocoon of communal silence. Participants are free to engage in any silent contemplative practice they wish. Instruction will be offered in two basic styles of Buddhist meditation; concentration (shamata) and loving-kindness (metta). During the retreat Steve will offer group instruction, one-on-one consultations, and a daily “dharma” talk relating to meditation, silence, and spirituality.
The retreat is open to beginners and experienced meditators alike. No prior experience is necessary. For men who have never meditated before, but have been curious about it, this is an excellent introduction. The workshop is in depth, but in a gentle, supportive environment. It's a rare opportunity to practice meditation and silence with other gay men. As our lives and culture speed up, with technology and news constantly bombarding us, the ability to discover a quiet place within is a useful skill in maintaining mental health and emotional equilibrium.
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The rates for this retreat are for room and board only; in keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of charge. Participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary donation at the end of the workshop to support the teachings.
RATES AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
- Commuter - $195
Includes meals only. Choose this option if you want to stay off-site.
- Garden Cabin - $295
Includes meals, and accommodations in our bunk house (5 bunk beds). Showers are located at the Lodge, about 500 ft. away.
- Quad - $345
Includes meals, and accommodations in a 4-person (2 bunk beds) room with shared bath.
- Semi-Private - $495
Includes meals, and accommodations in a 2-person room with shared bath.
- Event starts with dinner on Friday at 7pm
- Event ends with Closing Circle on Monday, around 2pm
(You can arrive anytime after Noon on the start day. Rooms will be ready no later than 3pm)