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Insight Meditation: Women’s Retreat
with Mare Chapman and Cecily Frederick
December 12, 2020, 9am - 4pm (CST)

This year our annual women’s retreat will be held on-line over Zoom, in the comfort of your own home. Though it won’t be the same as being together at Holy Wisdom Monastery, we will use the Zoom technology to create a sense of community as best we can.

Given all the challenges that are going on in our external world, our personal lives, and our internal reactions to all of this, carving out a day of dedicated mindfulness practice with other women as we head into holiday celebrations, will be greatly beneficial. The more we can each connect with our inner stability, kind hearts and the wisdom of our true nature, the more everyone and the whole world benefits.

Observing noble silence, we will spend the day practicing sitting meditation, walking meditation, Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation, and eating our lunches mindfully.  Mare will give a dharma talk, Cecily (R.Y.T.) will offer yoga or mindful stretching as an option to mindful walking. Even though we will be physically separate, we will be able to see everyone, and there will be opportunities to check in and ask questions.

In keeping with our tradition of ending the retreat with the ritual of a red blessing string, I will mail a red string to you prior to Dec. 12. Then as we end our day of practice together, we will infuse our string with the intention we’d each like to cultivate.

Because practicing in our homes requires a special discipline and commitment to maintaining boundaries, we will send you suggestions for setting this up ahead of time, as well as the day’s schedule so you can follow along easily.  Although Zoom is free you may want to download the app, and you’ll need a device that has good internet connection.

Please register by no later than November 27, 2020.



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