October 6 - October 9
Cultivating Intimacy with Ourselves and the World
A hybrid meditation retreat
in person with Chas DiCapua at Pine Lake Camp
or online via Zoom
October 6–9, 2022
Registration is now open for our fall retreat with Chas DiCapua. A number of us have sat with Chas at annual retreats hosted by the Twin Cities Vipassana Collective, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this opportunity here on October 6–9.
This will be a hybrid retreat, held in person at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin, and online via Zoom. Pine Lake is in a beautiful location, surrounded by rolling hills, farms, and oak savannas and offering lovely walking trails.
The theme of the retreat will be Cultivating Intimacy with Ourselves and the World. Both new and experienced meditators are welcome. Periods of sitting meditation will alternate with periods of walking meditation throughout each day. 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. Fifteen minutes of standing Chi Kung will be offered before the early morning sit.
COVID PRECAUTIONS (FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES)
We will be adhering to the following COVID precautions:
- Registrations for in-person attendance will be capped at 27 to allow more space — but not necessarily a full six feet between yogis — in the meditation hall and at meals. (There is no cap on online attendance via Zoom.)
- Full vaccination (two doses, plus a booster if the second dose was received five or more months before the retreat) will be required for in-person attendance. We encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to attend the retreat online.
- Proof of vaccination — a copy of your vaccination card, Wisconsin Immunization Registry record, or vaccination record provided by your health care provider — will be required as part of registration for in-person attendance. Your spot in the retreat will not be guaranteed until proof is received.
- If you do not yet have the necessary COVID vaccinations but plan to get them before the retreat, please contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you submit your form and payment to make arrangements for securing your place in the retreat and submitting the proof of vaccination.
- It is likely that retreatants will be required to wear a mask. However, we will check case numbers closer to the date to make that determination, and we’ll notify all registered retreatants at that time.
- Accommodations for in-person attendance will be single occupancy unless two yogis together request a double.
- Hand sanitizers will be located in heavy traffic areas, and hand sanitizing will be required before meals.
- Yogis will be required to agree to a waiver of liability as part of registration.
To protect the health of the community, if you are feeling unwell prior to the retreat, we ask that you stay home and email the registrar at email@example.com.
Registration fees are on a sliding-scale basis. 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 the opportunity to attend to others who need to pay less. If the lower end of the range exceeds what you can afford, please offer what you can.
In-person fees: Fees for those attending the retreat in person cover room, simple vegetarian meals, and fixed costs (teacher transportation, room, and meals; facility rental costs; and miscellaneous expenses). Residential accommodations will be single occupancy unless two yogis together request a double.
Online fee: The fee for those attending via Zoom covers fixed costs only (teacher transportation, room, and meals; facility rental costs; and miscellaneous expenses).
Note. We have charged no registration fee for entirely online retreats during the pandemic. Hosting this retreat in person as well as online entails significant fixed costs, which we’re asking all retreatants to share.
|Registration preference||Actual cost||Sliding scale|
|Single room||$425||$210 – $640|
|Double room||$310||$155 – $465|
|Online via Zoom||$95||$48 – $145|
In keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition, there is no charge for the teachings. However, there will be an opportunity to offer a freewill donation (dana) to the teacher. We encourage dana as each person’s way to support and demonstrate appreciation to the teacher for sharing the Dhamma with us.
RESERVED SPACES FOR 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 in-person retreats fill quickly 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 22. Thus, until September 22, one or more reserved spaces for in-person attendance may still be available even if the website says the retreat is full. After September 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.
If you would like to use one of our assisted listening devices or inquire about other needs, 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 if you are attending the retreat in person.
Check-in will open at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 6. An orientation will be offered at 6:00, and the retreat will begin at 7:00. Please arrive no later than 6:30 pm in order to check in, settle in your room, and be in the hall when the retreat begins at 7:00 pm. The retreat will close on Sunday, October 9, after lunch.
There is a section in the registration form where you can request or offer a ride to and from Pine Lake. Alternatively, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for either in-person or Zoom attendance, COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION by September 29.
In-person registration. In-person attendance is capped at 27, so early registration is encouraged. If the retreat is full, you will have the option of being placed on a waiting list or registering for Zoom attendance. Those on the waiting list who do not get an in-person spot may elect to switch to Zoom attendance or receive a full refund. Please note that your place in the registration queue for in-person attendance will not be secured until we receive your payment and proof of full vaccination along with your registration form.
Zoom registration. There is no cap on online attendance via Zoom, but REGISTRATION is required.
In-person registration. All cancellations of in-person registrations will be subject to a nonrefundable $50 fee. Cancellations received on or before September 6 will be refunded the retreat fee less $50. Refunds, less $50, will be given to those canceling after September 6 only if there is another person wanting to register to attend the retreat in person.
Zoom registration. All cancellations of Zoom registrations will be subject to a nonrefundable $25 fee. The deadline for cancellation of Zoom registration is October 3; cancellations after that date will receive no refund.
ONLINE PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL
As you complete the registration form, you will be asked to pay your registration fee via PayPal. Please note that this does not require a PayPal account: Once on the PayPal site, you’ll be given the option to use a PayPal account or a major credit or debit card.
If for any reason you are not able to pay your registration fee when you submit your registration form, you may come back to this page and use this PayPal button:
If you prefer not to pay electronically, please contact the registrar at email@example.com to make other arrangements.
After registering, you’ll receive two emails, the first confirming that we received your complete registration. Close to the time of the retreat, you’ll receive another email providing additional details for both in-person and online attendance via Zoom.
For questions about registration, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.