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DaRa Williams (non-residential & residential)
May 11 @ 9:00 am - May 12 @ 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION FOR THIS RETREAT IS OPEN.
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Friday 9:00 am – 8:30 pm (check-in 8:00 – 9:00 am) and Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Registration materials, including details about the retreat and cost are here.
This retreat will be suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation. Sitting meditation periods will alternate with periods of walking meditation throughout each day. We will observe noble silence except during instructions, question-and-answer sessions, interviews, and Dhamma talks.
The retreat 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.
Registration fees cover teacher transportation, room (for residential retreatants), simple vegetarian meals, and other retreat expenses.
With this retreat, we’re trying out a sliding-scale approach to registration fees. The sliding scale will go 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 an opportunity to attend to others who need to pay less. If the lower end of the range exceeds what you can afford, financial assistance is available through our scholarship program. Registration fees cover teacher transportation, room (for residential retreatants), simple vegetarian meals, 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.
|Registration preference||Actual cost||Sliding scale|
|Nonresidential||$130||$65 – $195|
|Residential – double room||$175||$110 – $240|
|Residential – single room||$200||$135 – $265|
Financial assistance is available through our retreat scholarship program. Individuals may receive scholarships multiple times. Please 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 Holy Wisdom, contact Ann 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 adults and people of color
We will hold a number of spaces open until the last week in April to facilitate attendance by young adults (18–26) and those identifying as people of color. We encourage young adults and people of color to register any time up until the end of April; a spot may be available even if our website says the retreat is full. To help us allocate these spots, please indicate your interest on the registration form.
Cancellation and refund policy
All cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable $50 fee. Cancellations received on or before April 12 will be refunded the retreat fee less $50. Refunds, less $50, will be given to those canceling after April 12 only if there is another person wanting to register for the retreat.
Holy Wisdom has a special arrangement with local hotels; please call them directly at (608) 836-1631 for details. Campsites can be reserved at Mendota Park (5133 County Hwy M, Middleton, WI 53562).
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
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