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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Natural Liberation: A Buddhist Insight Meditation Retreat
Wes Nisker, Vinny Ferraro
Monday, June 4, 3:00pm - Sunday, June 10, 11:30am
Upper Walking Hall - see details below**
$1505 - $685 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 363R18.
Will open for registration on 2/6/2018

Please Note: Parts of this retreat will be held outdoors surrounded by nature depending upon weather conditions.

During this silent retreat we will practice together the art and discipline of mindfulness meditation, our intention being to train our minds and open our hearts. A significant feature of this retreat is that we will be doing some of our practice outside in the shade of ancient oaks, letting nature help us along on our path.

Throughout the retreat we will make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation practices to explore the evolutionary origin of our body and emotions; engage in traditional Buddhist reflections on death and dying; examine our nature "as" nature; and all the while explore the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself. In the process, we expect to find relief from our personal drama and a new sense of delight and meaning in our lives. The retreat will include poetry and a little "crazy wisdom" as well.

The retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation students. Recommended reading for this retreat is Wes Nisker's book Buddha's Nature.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

**UWH=upper Walking Hall = This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat and as such, it is held in the upper Walking Hall. This hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs, this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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