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“LET IT RAIN”
Daylong Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
Sun. May 5, 9:30 -3:30
Aptos, CA
Teacher: Carla Brennan

Registration Required.
For students experienced in mindfulness meditation.

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT: We request a $20 deposit to register for this retreat. If you cancel before April 29 your deposit will be returned. If you cancel after April 29, your deposit will not be returned.
TO REGISTER: Go to EventBrite.

The RAINy season isn’t over yet!

During this day of mindfulness we will meditate together in silence as well as be guided in an awareness process called RAIN. RAIN offers a step-by-step approach to applying awareness to painful and uncomfortable inner experiences.

It is often our disturbing feelings (both physical and emotional) that we struggle against and resist, causing us increased difficulty and unhappiness. In other words, when we resist what we feel, we create suffering. RAIN helps us welcome our feelings and offer compassion.

RAIN can also incorporate a “benefactor” practice by bringing to mind images and memories of those who have related to us with caring and kindness. This helps us learn to be compassionate toward ourselves.

RAIN is NOT a psychological healing exercise, although it may have psychological benefits. It is a profound practice of courageous presence with life as it is.

The four steps of RAIN will be discussed: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture. We will also apply these principles of RAIN to our silent meditation.

WHO THIS IS FOR: This retreat is for people who already have an established mindfulness meditation practice. You are invited to register whether you are familiar with RAIN or are new to it. Please plan to attend the entire program. (This retreat is not recommended for people in the midst of crisis or dealing with trauma issues.)

DONATION: Beyond the $20 deposit, you are invited to make a donation for this day of practice and teaching. There is a suggested sliding scale of $50 – $200. You may donate more or less. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Scholarships are available. Donation is tax exempt.

CARLA BRENNAN is the Guiding Teacher with Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in Santa Cruz County. She has trained for 42 years in the Zen, Insight Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Carla also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years and is an artist and psychologist.

 
“NATURE & BUDDHA-NATURE”
SUMMER NATURE-BASED RETREAT
JULY 29-AUG. 3, 2019
Sattley, CA

This nature-based retreat provides a special opportunity to explore the power of a silent mindfulness meditation retreat while immersed in the forest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. We will participate in the ancient tradition of going into the natural world as a support for spiritual practice and inquiry. Wild nature can become a profound teacher and guide on our path of awakening. Through enhanced openness and quiet, we have the opportunity to explore deeply the truth of our own true nature.

We will meet on private property nestled in the high forest of the Sierras at about 6500’. This retreat will offer sitting meditation and instruction, qi gong, dharma talks, and an opportunity for deep personal exploration. During part of the day you will be able to create your own practice schedule. We will spend as much of our time outdoors as weather permits. Lodging is dorm-style in the main building or camping by the lake. Meals are provided. Bathrooms, outdoor pond, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and massage therapy are available.

Carla Brennan is Guiding Teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in Santa Cruz, CA, and has trained in the Zen, Insight Meditation and Tibetan Buddhist traditions since 1975. She is a Spirit Rock authorized Dharma teacher. Carla also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years and is an artist, nature photographer and former psychotherapist. Dedicated to spending as much time outdoors as possible, Carla recommends practicing in nature as a powerful way to discover ones own true nature.

FEE FOR RETREAT (lodging, facilities, meals):
$460 for 5-nights (6-days) before July 1. Cost is $490 after July 1. Full payment for the retreat is due on July 1. Plan to attend the entire retreat.

DEPOSIT AND REGISTRATION
To register, you will need to pay a $150 deposit and fill out the information on the order form. After you register you will be sent directions, information on what to bring and additional forms.
Go to: EVENTBRITE

WAIT LIST
If the retreat fills you can be automatically put on a Wait List. You will be notified if a space opens up and you will have one day to register.

CANCELLATION POLICY
You will receive a full refund if you cancel by June 1.
You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel between June 1-30.
After July 1 there will be no refunds.
If you need to cancel, contact Holly Thomas: holsthomas@gmail.com.

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND PAYMENT PLAN
BOTP is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for retreats. You can also arrange for a payment plan. For information about scholarships or payment plans, contact Holly Thomas: holsthomas@gmail.com. You will still need to register with a $150 deposit.

DANA (DONATIONS)
Carla’s teaching will be offered on a donation (dana) basis; she is not being paid from the retreat fee. The cook is also working on a donation (dana) basis. In addition, you may arrange massage therapy by donation. You will have the opportunity to offer dana to support the staff at the end of the retreat.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You have the option to stay either: in a gender-separated dorm in the main building (mats on floor), camp on lawn (bring your own equipment: tent, mat, sleeping bag, etc.) or in your own RV, car or camper.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RETREAT FORMAT OR CONTENT?
Contact Carla Brennan: brennan.carla@gmail.com

VISITING THE SIERRAS AND LAKES AREA
You may want to plan a longer visit to this beautiful area. It is near the scenic Lakes Region which includes the Sierra Buttes, many lakes including Gold Lake, places to camp or rent, hiking and biking trails. Accommodations are also in Sierra City and Downeyville. The tiny nearby town of Sierraville hosts the Sierra Hot Springs with camping and rooms available. The Truckee area and farther south to Lake Tahoe are also possible vacation destinations.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER RECOMMENDED RETREAT CENTERS

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center
South of Seattle, WA.
http://cloudmountain.org/index.php?page=2016-retreats

Mountain Stream Meditation Center
Centered in Nevada City, CA. Guiding Teachers, John Travis and Heather Sundberg
http://www.mtstream.org/meditation-retreats.html

Insight Meditation Society
The original insight meditation retreat center in the US in Barre, MA.
http://www.dharma.org/

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Retreats combining study and practice.
http://www.bcbsdharma.org/

Forest Refuge
For longer self-retreats in Barre MA.
http://www.dharma.org/meditation-retreats/forest-refuge

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
A lovely remote retreat center in northern New Mexico
http://www.vallecitos.org/

Southern Dharma Retreat Center
A small retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, mostly insight meditation.
https://www.southerndharma.org/about.shtml

Desert Dharma – Sky Mind Retreats
Nature-based insight meditation retreats. Guiding teacher Susie Harrington.
https://desertdharma.org/index.html

Gaia House
Main retreat center in England
http://gaiahouse.co.uk/retreats/group-retreat-programme/

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC (Tara Brach)
https://imcw.org/Calendar/categoryId/3/PageId/EventListView
https://www.tarabrach.com/calendars/

Garrison Institute
Offers a variety of programs, mostly Buddhist related. On the Hudson River in New York.
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/retreats-a-gatherings/calendar-of-events

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