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Rebecca Bradshaw (residential retreat)
October 4 @ 5:00 pm - October 7 @ 1:00 pm
Madison Vipassana is extremely pleased to announce that Rebecca Bradshaw will lead a residential meditation retreat for our sangha October 4–7, 2018. The retreat will be held at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin, a beautiful location surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and oak savannas and offering lovely walking trails.
The theme of the retreat will be Developing Our Steady and Graceful Heart. Rebecca writes,
“Gracefulness can be described as the ability to move and flow freely with change. We learn gracefulness in our Vipassana practice by studying the heart’s response to this changing world. The places in our heart/minds that are rigid or demanding begin to soften and bend with circumstances. The supremely graceful heart is able to connect fully with reality and therefore able to be beautifully present in this world. Through an emphasis on our embodied experience, infused with loving kindness, in this retreat we will explore where there is rigidity and contraction and encourage the gracefulness of softening and connecting with reality as it is. Come prepared to disconnect and unplug and give yourself the gift of quiet and seclusion dedicated to liberating the heart/mind.”
Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome at this retreat. Vipassana and loving-kindness meditation instructions will be provided, and alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation will give us the opportunity to integrate the practice. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, but will include a daily Dhamma talk, question-and-answer sessions, and small-group meetings with the teacher.
As an introduction to Rebecca’s teachings, we suggest reading Protections for the Heart: Wisdom and Loving Kindness. If you’d like to listen to some of Rebecca’s talks, you can choose from more than 130 available on Dharma Seed.
Sliding-scale registration fees cover teacher transportation, room, simple vegetarian meals, and other retreat expenses. The sliding scale goes from 50% to 150% of actual costs, and within this range you’re invited to offer the amount that best suits your circumstances.
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 lower end of the range exceeds what you can afford, financial assistance is available through our scholarship program.
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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 September 13 will be refunded the retreat fee less $50. Refunds, less $50, will be given to those canceling after September 13 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 September 20. Thus, until September 20, one or more reserved spaces may still be available even if the website says the retreat is full. After September 20, 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, Julie Meyer, at email@example.com.
Financial assistance is available through our retreat scholarship program. Individuals may receive scholarships multiple times. Please ask if you need assistance. Contact the registrar, Julie Meyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can help.
To inquire about special situations, contact the registrar, Julie Meyer, 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. Fragrance-free soap will be available in bedrooms, and we will provide a small selection of unscented shampoo, conditioner, hand cream, and insect repellent, but please bring your own unscented products if possible.
Registration will open at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 4. An orientation for those new to retreats or to the Pine Lake facility will be offered at 6:00, and the retreat will begin at 7:00. The retreat will close on Sunday, October 7, after lunch, at about 1 pm.
To request or offer rides to and from Pine Lake, contact the registrar, Julie Meyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early registration is encouraged. Registration is on a space-available basis and must include the registration form and a check to reserve your spot. 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.
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.
To register, 1)complete the Oct 2018 Registration Form and 2)send with a check for the full amount (payable to Madison Vipassana, Inc.) to:
Madison Vipassana, Inc.
6907 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562
For questions about registration, contact the registrar, Julie Meyer, at email@example.com