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Mark Nunberg (non-residential and residential retreat)
March 8 @ 8:15 am - March 10 @ 1:00 pm
1/28/2019: This retreat is fully enrolled, however, you can be added to a waitlist and we always have cancellations. If you’d like to be on the waitlist, please send in your registration form (as described below), but, for now, do NOT send payment. If a spot opens, you will be notified by the registrar and you can send payment at that time. Cancellations often happen at the last minute, so if you can hold the time open, you are most likely to get in immediately before the retreat opens.
Mark Nunberg will return to Wisconsin to lead a meditation retreat for our sangha March 8–10, 2019. The retreat will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin. It will be nonresidential, with a residential option for a limited number of practitioners. Holy Wisdom offers a beautiful and peaceful setting for this wonderful practice opportunity.
The theme of the retreat will be The Middle Way: Seeing Clearly, Relating Wisely, and Releasing the Heart. The Buddha points to the middle way—a wisdom that understands the limitations and stress involved with both craving for things to be other than how they are and craving to be done with the challenging and ungovernable circumstances we experience in life. Retreat practice is our opportunity to see more clearly how the mind is conditioned to react to the pleasantness and unpleasantness of experience and to realize another way of relating.
It is possible to relate to experience with a fearless intimacy, allowing for a wise, kind, and forgiving response to life. This retreat will emphasize the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the liberating movement of turning toward and better understanding what is difficult, confusing, and uncertain in life.
Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome at the retreat. Sitting meditation periods will alternate with periods of walking meditation throughout each day. Mark will offer daily Dhamma talks, mindful Qi Gong sessions, guided loving-kindness meditations, and opportunities for small-group practice interviews. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence.
Registration fees are on a sliding-scale basis. Fees cover your room (for residential retreatants), simple vegetarian meals (lunch and dinner for all and breakfast for residents), teacher transportation, teacher room and meals, facility rental costs, and miscellaneous expenses to provide a seamless and positive experience for those attending. The sliding scale goes from 50% to 150% of actual costs. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale you can afford; this gives others who need to pay less an opportunity to attend. If the
|Actual cost||Sliding scale|
|Nonresidential||$125||$62 – $187|
|Residential—double room||$210||$105 – $315|
|Residential—single room||$265||$132 – $397|
In keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition, there is no charge for the teachings; however, a donation (dāna) to the teacher is encouraged.
All cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable $50 fee. Cancellations received on or before February 8 will be refunded the retreat fee less $50. Refunds, less $50, will be given to those canceling after February 8 only if there is another person wanting to register for the retreat.
YOUNG ADULTS AND PERSONS OF COLOR
We want to encourage attendance at our retreats by young adults (18–26) and those identifying as persons of color. Recognizing that our retreats fill almost immediately after they are announced, we hold a few spaces open for additional registrations from young adults and persons of color until two weeks before the retreat opens—in this case, until February 22. Thus, until February 22, one or more reserved spaces may still be available even if the website says the retreat is full. After February 22, we will fill the reserved spaces from the retreat’s waiting list.
If you have questions about whether spaces are still available, please contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To inquire about special situations, contact the registrar at email@example.com. Please note that we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs.
In consideration of those with chemical sensitivities, please refrain from using perfumes or scented shampoos, ointments, or lotions.
Friday 9:30 a.m.–8:15 p.m. (check-in 8:15–9:15 a.m.; introduction 8:30–9:30 a.m.)
Saturday 8:45 a.m.–8:15 p.m.
Sunday 8:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
To request or offer rides to and from Holy Wisdom, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is on a space-available basis, and early registration is encouraged. 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.
Please note that your place in the registration queue will not be secured until we receive both your registration form and your payment. You may submit these either by mail or by email and credit/debit card via PayPal.
Two ways to register for the retreat:
Pay by Check:
Mail your completed registration form AND a check (payable to Madison Vipassana, Inc.) for the full amount to:
Madison Vipassana, Inc.
6907 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562
Use the blue button below to pay the full amount by Credit or Debit Card via PayPal
* Note. You don’t need a PayPal account to pay electronically. Once on the PayPal site, you’ll be given the option to use a PayPal account or a major credit or debit card.
After registering, you will receive two emails, the first confirming that we received your registration. Close to the time of the retreat, you will receive another email providing information on the facility, driving directions, and recommendations on what to bring.
For questions about registration, contact the registrar at email@example.com