Centeredness: A Gift to Ourselves
and the World An Online Meditation Retreat
March 5–7, 2021
We’re delighted to announce that James Baraz will lead an online meditation retreat for Madison Vipassana from March 5–7, 2021. A compassionate and wise teacher, James has been a wonderful friend to our sangha for many years.
The theme of the retreat will be Centeredness: A Gift to Ourselves and the World. In this time of crisis and uncertainty, our mind can move towards confusion and fear, or towards clarity and connection. Our practice gives us tools to stay present with the swirl of mind states and emotions that naturally arise, as well as the centeredness to respond with wisdom and compassion. We can be Thich Nhat Hanh’s “calm person in the boat” transmitting our own balance and clarity to others in our lives. Just as fear is contagious, so is the centeredness that we develop within ourselves. At this time more than ever, we need everyone who cares to show up as best they can to help bring about the shift of consciousness that humanity and the planet desperately needs.
Registration for the retreat will open in early February 2021 on this website and will be required. To be notified when registration opens, please join our MailChimp list on the right-hand sidebar of this page. The retreat will be freely offered, with no fee to attend. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to James for his teachings at the end of the retreat.
The retreat will begin Friday evening, March 5, and continue all day Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. It will include Dharma talks, silent sitting meditation, mindful walking, and question-and-answer sessions. Practice at home, but not alone, as we support each other in deepening our connection in the midst of it all.
Note.Our previously scheduled March 2021 retreat with Noliwe Alexander had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Noliwe wants to teach for us, and we are working to reschedule her for 2022.