No Toys Retreat
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
A Full Day Retreat, with Half Day Option
With Matthew Daniell
Pre-requisite: Ongoing Students
We fill our lives with toys, playthings, objects. If we remember our relationship to toys as children or the versions of toys, we may fill our lives with today we may find fond memories, or realities of lots of unused stuff. Did they, and do they actually fill our hearts and minds with lasting happiness in the way we thought they would when we got them?
In our meditation practice do all of the techniques, inner pep-talks, and psychological strategies that we employ work to stabilize and open the heart and mind effectively? Do they at times become inner toys that we play with but don’t see that they are actually adding complexity to our inner journey, blocking the freshness and joy of clear direct seeing. Do reading and podcasts and the teacher’s words sometimes become things that block this simplicity as well?
In this retreat we will emphasize ‘putting away our toys’ and practice together in simple silence with minimal verbal guidance. There will be an emphasis on inner simplicity in using the tools for practice we already have. Exploring this bare bones approach to practice in the shared support of each other's presence we may find a mature simplicity in moments of being present that is resilient in the face of difficult emotions, nourishing, joyful and wise; no toys needed!
There will be an opportunity for discussion about practice with Matthew before lunch and at the end of the retreat.
In order to attend this retreat, you must be fully vaccinated. You will have to show proof of vaccination at the door, or you may also email me with a copy of your proof of vaccination before the retreat.
Ongoing Covid precautions: At this point we are not requiring masks at the Center as proof of full vaccination is required for participants and staff (if you would like to wear a mask, you are welcome to). As an added precaution, if you have cold or flu like symptoms, we ask that you do not attend any offering until you have had a negative quick covid test. At any teachers’ discretion, masks may be required. This will be posted in their offering’s description.
Once you have registered for this offering, you will be sent a confirmation email.
There is a half day option that runs from 9am-12:30pm.
Lunch: For those staying for the entire retreat, a volunteer will provide vegetarian soup, salad and bread at lunchtime. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or a supplement for the soup, if they prefer. A microwave and refrigerator are available.
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