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Meditation retreats are an intensive way to deepen practice and grow in our understanding of how to work with the mind, heart and body. Practiced in "noble silence", we alternate between sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating mindfully, and guided Loving Kindness meditation.  We practice insight meditation which cultivates an inner calm through sustained attention (samatha), which in turn helps to create the inner conditions for wise reflection and insight (vipassana).

Appropriate for both beginning level and experienced practitioners, I offer one-day retreats twice a year, and an annual 3-day retreat for women. The fee for the one-day retreat is included as part of 9-session classes. 


Day of Mindfulness Retreat

We’ll practice sitting, walking and eating meditation, all in “noble silence”, and complete the day with the Loving Kindness Meditation (guided). Open to all genders and to anyone who would like this opportunity to deepen their practice. Held in the Quarry Arts Building, 715 Hill Street, Madison. Fee:$30. 



Women's Retreat - Cultivating our Brave Fearless Hearts - Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI

Staying open, stable and connected to our inner wisdom during these very challenging times is not easy.  It requires the willingness and courage to cradle the conditioned mind’s painful and fearful reactions with spaciousness, curiosity and compassion in order to listen deeply to the heart’s wisdom. This retreat will be an opportunity to deepen our practice, cultivate compassionate inner calm, develop our courage and inner strengths, and set our intentions as we move through the holidays and into the new year.

Practicing in noble silence, we’ll alternate between sitting and walking meditation (optional yoga with Cecily Frederick, R.Y.T.), and guided Loving Kindness Meditation.  There will be daily meditation instructions, small group check-ins, and evening dharma talks.  Held at the beautiful Holy Wisdom Monastery, the retreat center is primarily non-residential, but does offer a limited number of residential rooms, available on a first come basis. 

Fee: $175 non-residential base cost (includes vegetarian lunches and suppers). Single rooms are $125, and double rooms are $80 (for both nights), and include continental breakfast.

Dates: Begins 10 am Friday December 15, ends 12 noon Sunday December 17

Register: Register by November 15. Cancellations received by November 15 will be refunded, less a non-refundable $60 fee.  Refunds after November 15 will be given only if someone fills your place.

If you would prefer to register and pay by mail, please download, print, and mail the registration form.

ALL rooms are no longer available for this retreat.

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