A Meditation and Study Retreat with Chris Crotty
Assisted by Sarah Mitchell
Retreat provides a unique opportunity to slow the pace of your life, quiet the mind, and investigate the Buddha’s teachings. Supported by silence, nature, daily meditation, and periods of study, this practice and study retreat provides a unique setting to still the mind and then examine core Buddhist teachings through Dharma talks, personal reflection, and discussion. The purpose is to develop a better understanding of how meditation helps us investigate Buddhist teachings, and how study of Buddhist teachings helps us understand and integrate meditative experience into our life in ways that are personally and socially relevant – the wisdom that results helps us avoid the causes of suffering, allowing happiness and wellbeing to blossom within ourselves, our family, communities, and society.
Open to both new and experienced meditators, this residential retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructional talks (Dharma talks), and teacher-guided periods of study and reflection. An excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to include or further integrate Buddhist suttas into their Dharma path.
October 25-28 (Thursday to Sunday)
Angels’ Rest Retreat Center
Leyden, MA (western Mass.)
$330 Camping (limited number of slots; bring your own tent)
Paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. Please note that teachers and staff do not receive any money from residential retreat registration fees; there is an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer dana (generosity) in any amount you wish to support them.
To register, please download the registration form and fill it out and submit it. You may pay by mailing a check, authorizing a credit card transaction, or via PayPal by selecting your pricing option below and then clicking “Register.” There are limited scholarship funds available for this retreat; to apply, also download and complete the scholarship application.
Winter Weekend Retreat with Chris Crotty
Cosponsored by IMC Newburyport and BMC
In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.
– John Burroughs
Winter is a natural time for turning inward, while retreat provides an opportunity to focus attention on your meditation practice and contemplate the Buddha’s teachings. In this second annual Winter Residential Retreat with Chris, the outer stillness of the natural world supports us in quieting our mind, and directly experiencing the calm and stillness of concentration. With a mind free from distraction, we use mindfulness (insight meditation) to investigate the path to peace taught by the Buddha and perfected during retreat practice for over 2500 years.
Combining periods of sitting and walking meditation with Dharma teachings, the Winter Residential Retreat is held in noble silence. This retreat is suitable for those who have not yet sat retreat, as well as ongoing practitioners who wish to further their practice – meditation instruction and dharma talks will accommodate all experience levels.
January 11-13, 2019 (5 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday)
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA
$90 Saturday only
This retreat has both residential and commuter options; the residential option allows for a more immersive retreat experience, while the commuter option allows you to sleep at home each night for a lower cost. In addition, there is a Saturday-only daylong option which runs the full day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or as late as 9 p.m. (your option).
Below is an additional information sheet provided by IMCN.
IMCN Additional Information
To register for this retreat, select a payment option from the drop-down menu below and then click “Register” to pay online via PayPal. This is all you need to do to register; you will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. For other payment options, or if finances are an obstacle, or you have other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.