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Janice Cittasubha Sheppard (residential)
October 5 - October 8
Ending the Ping-Pong Game:
The Peace of Balance in Body, Mind, & Heart
A residential insight meditation retreat with
Janice Cittasubha Sheppard
NOTE: As of 9/16/2017 this retreat is filled and has a long waiting list. If you are interested in attending please mail in your registration quickly so you are high on the wait list. We always have a number of cancellations, so many people from the wait list will be able to attend the retreat. It is also the case that you are most likely to get in if you are able to hold these dates open and attend if we contact you following last minute cancellations in early October. Your registration check will not be cashed and will be torn up or returned to you if there are no cancellations to allow you to attend the retreat.
We’re delighted that Madison Vipassana’s own Janice Cittasubha Sheppard will be leading a retreat for our community October 5–8 at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin. Situated on beautiful Pine Lake, the center is surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and oak savannas and offers a number of lovely walking trails.
The theme of the retreat will be Ending the Ping-Pong Game: finding the peace of balance in body, mind, and heart. (Read Jan’s blog on the theme of the retreat.) Playing ping-pong is fun, but having a mind and heart that swings back and forth like a ping-pong ball is decidedly not fun. In this retreat we will investigate the many ways we swing between extremes and consider how to find the ease inherent in the “Middle Way” of balance in body, effort, and heart. We’ll focus on staying present with the body and breath as it offers us the ideal window into all of the ways we also lose balance and bounce around like a ping-pong ball. Through coming into the body, and becoming grounded and stable there, we are able to then also understand and establish stability and balance even when strong emotional and thought storms threaten to overwhelm the heart and mind. Many of us tend to favor thoughts over experiential bodily sensations, so to establish balance in meditation, we need to learn to settle into the experience of the body and breath, to find ease and even pleasure in embodiment. In this retreat, we will ask, “where is balance?” in the body, breath, and mind, throughout the day whether sitting, moving, standing, or eating.
The retreat will be suitable for those newer to meditation and those with more meditation or retreat experience. Sitting meditation periods will alternate with periods of walking meditation throughout each day. Each day will include a morning reflection and evening Dhamma talk from the teacher. Days will begin and end with a ‘puja’ that includes chanting, lighting candles and incense, and meditation. There will be an optional movement session each full day for those wanting to join in. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence but include times for ‘questions and response’ in the dhamma hall, and small group interviews with the teacher.
The cost of this residential retreat is $240 for a double room and $380 for a single. Registration fees cover room, simple vegetarian meals, teacher transportation, and other retreat expenses. In keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition, there is no charge for the teachings. However, a donation (dāna) to the teacher is encouraged.
Financial assistance is available through our retreat scholarship program. Individuals may receive scholarships multiple times. Please do ask if you need assistance. Contact Ann at email@example.com or (608) 843-7531 to discuss how we can help.
To inquire about special situations, contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 843-7531. Please note that we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs.
To request or offer rides to and from the retreat center, contact the registrar at email@example.com or (608) 843-7531
Early registration is encouraged. Registration is on a space-available basis and must include the registration form and a check to reserve your spot. Confirmation will be by email and will provide information on the facility, driving directions, and recommendations on what to bring. If the retreat is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Those on the waiting list who do not get a spot will receive a full refund. For questions about registration, contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 843-7531.
Young People and People of Color
We will hold a number of spaces open until September 21 to facilitate attendance by young adults (18–26) and people of color. We encourage young people and people of color to register; a spot may be available even if our website says the retreat is full.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
All cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable $50 fee. Cancellations received on or before September 7 will be refunded the retreat fee less $50. Refunds, less $50, will be given to those canceling after September 7 only if there is another person wanting to register for the retreat.
Send the registration form with a check for the full amount (payable to Madison Vipassana, Inc.) to:
Madison Vipassana, Inc. c/o Ann Varda
1724 Hoyt St.
Madison, WI 53726