Upcoming Events

MAY, 2018                                            

Buddah statue at Duke GardensDeepening Our Practice:
A Residential Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

with Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen

May 24-27, 2018
Avila Retreat Center
Durham, NC

Whether new to meditation or practicing for many years, we all share the potential for the path to deepen the faculties of conviction, persistence, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment.  These faculties become strengths that support us along the way toward the direct realization of mindfulness as a path of insight.  As these strengths unfold, we can find ourselves more capable of experiencing the joy and tranquility already present in our lives.

This residential retreat will provide an invaluable container within which to examine practice as a process that moves through levels of arriving, observing, opening, and being.  With the opportunity to experience the various qualities associated with each of these stages, we also come to realize that progression along the path does not necessarily unfold in a linear, stepwise fashion.  This heart-felt progression can be experienced both within ourselves and in relationship to our world.  No matter where along the path we may be, we begin to see our journey as a dynamic process of deepening, with each level providing what is needed for greater wisdom and compassion in that moment.

Small Single:        $330 by 5/1, $360 thereafter
Large Single:        $355 by 5/1, $385 thereafter
Dbl. Occupancy:  $305 by 5/1, $335 thereafter

To register please go to this Registration Link.

If you wish to offer dana toward scholarships for this retreat so that no one will be turned away for inability to pay, please click on this Donation Link. Thank you!

Your retreat fee covers the cost of meals and lodging only. The teachings are offered freely. At the close of the retreat there will be an opportunity to offer dana for the teachers.

For more information contact Leah Rutchick at [email protected]

Thurs, May 24 – Sun., May 27, 2018
Location: Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC


 JUNE, 2018

True Refuge:                                                                         
The Heart of Wise Action
with Phyllis K. Hicks and Sharon Beckman-Brindley
June 26 – July 1, 2018

An Insight Dialogue retreat at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC

As humans we are exquisitely sensitive and can easily become overwhelmed in the sea of relentless sensory contact. Learning how to cultivate mindfulness and tranquility in the flow of daily life is a profound resource for peace and for wise action.

In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice taking refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha).

We will investigate obstacles to friendship and beloved community, internally in the heart-mind, and externally in social constructions, cultivating Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Relational Equanimity. We will explore foundations for peace, possibilities for courageous personal and collective action, and the benefits of deep companionship on the Noble Eightfold Path.

This retreat is both an introduction to Insight Dialogue and an opportunity to deepen practice. It will be held in Noble Silence except for the Insight Dialogue sessions. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, Insight Dialogue, mindful movement and time in nature.
To register please go to this Registration Link