Summer Meditation Retreat sponsored by Queer Dharma
with Alice Dan & Jon Feller
August 1 / 4:00 PM - August 8 / 12:00 PM
$25 nonrefundable deposit saves your spot. See below for pricing
Cost: Adult 1 week (7 days and 7 nights): $380
Adult per day: $55;
Student 1 week (7 days and 7 nights) $210
Student per day; $30
Single Room: add $30/day
Double Room where you choose your roomate: add $15/day/person
Lodging includes a few singles, some indoor rooms with multiple beds, a bunkhouse with a fair amount of privacy, and of course fields where you can pitch a tent. For more information about the retreat center facilities, see Windhorse: www.windhorse.shambhala.org/ and Bright Dawn: www.awakenedone.org/
You are invited to connect body and mind in a warm, supportive environment that welcomes all people just as they are, whatever their gender identity, socio-economic class, age, race or personal quirks. The practice of meditation in a retreat setting is a powerful tool to begin to relieve what is known as all-pervasive suffering - a constant low-level anxiety or sense of dissatisfaction with life and the feeling that our mind is sometimes out of control in ordinary life. Extended meditation can lead toward overall relaxation and contentment. People who complete the full retreat often report a strong sense of connection and unconditional love toward their fellow-participants and themselves.
The retreat includes daily meditation and yoga or tai chi practice, silence during the day, meditation interviews and group discussion. This program is good for both the complete novice and very experienced meditators. Basic and advanced meditation instruction will be given and individual interviews will take place throughout the week. Teachers Alice Dan and Jon Feller will give a series of dharma talks, some of which will address LGBTI/diversity issues and feelings of inclusion/exclusion that we all experience. Each day after lunch there will be free time for silence or exploring nature. Some opportunities will be available for hiking, walking and swimming (depending on the weather) in this lovely region of Wisconsin adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest. People generally feel profoundly refreshed and recharged during and after the retreat.
There is enough light yoga and stretching throughout the day that meditators generally are not physically uncomfortable. Starting Saturday morning there is silence from wake-up until closing chants. Functional talking can take place during work shifts if needed and of course during group discussions. People can speak if they like after closing chants. In this way silence can be appreciated without being too heavy-handed.
Meals will be primarily vegetarian. Participants will be asked to help with food preparation or clean-up for one or more meals per day. One week of meditation will count toward Dathun requirements for those interested in participating in advanced Shambhala programs. People with restrictive diets will need to communicate that and may need to bring some of their own food.
The cost includes all talks and instruction, all meals and basic accommodations in the bunkhouse, your own tent, or a double or triple room (as available). You may attend just a few days or the entire week. Those who register after July 15th may have to stay in the spacious bunkhouse or in a tent. It is possible to upgrade accommodations on a first come-first served basis. Lodging preference is given to those attending the entire retreat. It is optimal to start on the first day, but not mandatory.
You must pay a $25 non-refundable registration deposit in order to complete your registration. This non-refundable registration deposit is in addition to the the tuition above. When the registration form says Please pay with Paypal, click that button - there will be an option to pay with your credit card. Please write in the note section which days you will be staying. Those who are not staying the entire week may pay their balance by check or onsite. To reserve a single room upgrade or a shared room for a couple you must make your request in the note or by emailing Rebecca McAllister, director of Windhorse, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Rebecca with any other questions as well.
Ride-sharing from Chicago will be organized the week before the retreat, so all will be able to get there. We will try to assist in ride-sharing from other cities if possible. It is not necessary to worry about your ride - it is not necessary to worry about anything.