Inner Journey to Wholeness Daylong Retreat
hosted by Sean McNamara
When: Sunday, March 9th
9:00am - 5:00pm
Whether you're already a part of the Dharma Ocean Denver community or you're a new meditator interested in devoting a whole day to deep inner exploration, this is a wonderful opportunity.
**Limited to 30 participants, reservations are only through this Meetup page.**
Please read each section below very carefully before registering.
What we'll do:
Over the course of the whole day, we will gradually relax the body and mind, release tension, increase and balance subtle energy flow, and form a beneficial relationship with thoughts, emotions, memories, injuries, and more.
Along with well known sitting meditation practices, we will also engage in body-based practices done laying down on the floor.
Each meditation will be fully guided by Sean McNamara (Dharma Ocean Denver's teacher), thus accessible to anyone with any level of experience. The day's schedule is below.
What to expect:
Those new to meditation or new to retreat practice can expect this to be challenging and tiring (by the end of the day), but this is a normal aspect of taking part in intensive spiritual work. Even though relaxation and gentle-effort-awareness are aspects of meditation, our egos will be challenged to "get off the roller coaster" of daily thought and habitual activity patterns in such an immediate and powerful way.
Commitment and Refund Policy (please read carefully):
1. All participants commit to attending the entire day, because this will strengthen the retreat experience and the supportive energy of the whole group. There is a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:30pm, during this time participants can leave the retreat space to have a meal and make phone calls.
2. So that the limited spaces are filled and not wasted by no-shows, your RSVP with pre-payment is required. When you RSVP on this page you'll be paying via the PayPal link. There are no refunds, but if you cannot attend, you may have a friend take your spot. No last minute walk-ins due to limited space.
3. Some of the seating will be in Mayu's Retreat Room, which will have speakers feeding Sean's voice from main room. Seating in either room is on a first come-first served basis, we cannot plan seating assignments.
4.If you haven't already done so, please read the Orientation Page of our main site for codes of conduct.
What to bring:
1. Please bring your own meditation cushion. If you use a chair, chairs will be available here for you. Also bring a yoga mat/blanket/pad/zabuton to lay down on, as some of our techniques are done laying down on the ground. Mayu Sanctuary sells cushions, but won't be open this day, so please plan ahead.
2. Please bring a closed container for your water or tea, something that will stay sealed and not spill if the container tips over - this will prevent stained cushions and carpeting. You may want to bring something quick to eat in case of low blood sugar.
The tuition is $45, it is low in order to make this affordable to those who want to attend but usually find spiritual events to be too expensive. It is customary to offer a teacher's gift (monetary donation) at the end of the program, in addition to the tuition. There is no suggested amount, please follow your inspiration. You may use cash or make a check out to "cash". There will be a bowl out for to leave your gift.
The day's schedule:
8:40 to 9:00 - Arrival and settling in (doors lock at 9:00 to secure the building, we won't be able to let late arrivals in once we've started)
9:00am to Noon Guided Practice (with silent breaks)
Noon to 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 to 4:30 Guided Practice (with silent breaks)
4:30 to 5:00 Q&A and Discussion
Cushion Donation Program
Bring in your used meditation cushion or bench and receive 20% off any support cushion or bolster, or 10% off any new cushion or bench. We'll donate your gently worn meditation seat to local prison and school meditation projects. Promotes a very auspicious rebirth for your old seating supplies!
Book & CD Exchange
Share your used books and CDs with the Mayu community and go home with new titles of your own. Not a lending library, you get to keep these items for yourself, or pass them along to friends and family.
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Wisdom & Compassion Daylong Retreat
hosted by Amma Thanasanti & Dell Brooks
When: Sunday, March 30th
9:00am - 4:30pm
The Buddha taught awareness of body and breath as cornerstones to the path of awakening. Bringing attention to the body allows for relaxation, renewal and letting go. Bringing compassion to what we experience allows the heart to release into a loving spacious awareness. To discover the body is to discover awareness, and eventually, the awakened state.
Compassion is both an attitude and a non-dual way of being. With awareness of body and compassion we find a path to navigate what arises in our daily lives. The freedom that comes allows a radical aliveness with ourselves and all of life.
Amma Thanasanti has been meditating for over 30 years and has been a Buddhist nun for over 20 years.. She founded Awakening Truth whose mission is to create a Bhikkhuni training monastery and ways monastics and lay practitioners can work together in our modern world. She is based in Colorado Springs.
Dell Brooks has practiced Vipassana meditation for more than 20 years. During extensive travels in South East Asia, he studied different forms of Eastern philosophy. Dell has been awarded teacher certification by the Venerable K. Wisuddi Thero, headmaster of the International Insight Meditation Center in Sri Lanka.
This retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana is the ancient Buddhist practice of giving to one's capacity. Here in Colorado the concept of Dana is new. A suggested donation of $30 is recommended. Donations in larger or smaller amounts are welcome, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
What to Bring
* Bring a bag lunch for yourself and something to share with Amma.
* Please bring a meditation cushion, stool or chair as there are limited supplies available.
* Please come fragrance free so that those with chemical sensitivities may join.
This retreat requires registration as space is limited. Your RSVP does not confirm registration.
Payment by cash or check is required to secure your registration.
Refunds will not be issued. If you'd like to attend but are unsure of your commitment please arrange to have a friend or family member take your spot.
How to Confirm Registration
Pre-payment is required to confirm your registration.
You may pay by cash or personal check.
Cash and checks can be dropped off at Mayu Monday through Thursday 10am-7pm or Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm.
Checks should be made out to "Mayu" and mailed to:
Mayu, 1804 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210.