Title: A Different Kind of Retreat: Combining In-depth Seated Meditation with Daily Life Practice - September 22-26, 2021.
TCMC will be hosting a 4 day (5 night) virtual online meditation retreat led by long time senior Unified Mindfulness teachers Stephanie Nash and Kaishin (Blake) Ashley. Both teachers have worked closely with Shinzen Young and have been trained by him. Due to COVID-19, this retreat will be held online via Zoom. As a special bonus, Shinzen Young will be conducting two Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions during the retreat.
Description: This virtual retreat will follow a residential retreat schedule, however, there will be a strong emphasis on learning techniques for taking Unified Mindfulness into daily life. There will be instruction in both seated meditation and strategies to bring mindfulness into all aspects of your life.
You will be given specific guidance on how to remain mindful during various activities conducted off of the cushion such as eating, showering, and going to sleep. The daily schedule will include periods devoted to daily life practice.
We will take advantage of the virtual format to bring mindfulness into your regular home environment. Sometimes there are large differences between a residential retreat and normal daily life. You will learn to bridge those gaps by combining the two types of practice. Remaining mindful in daily life can be a joyful, fun, rewarding experience.
The retreat will have silent sits in the meditation hall from 5:30 am through 10:00 pm. You may choose which of these sits to attend in order to deepen your meditation practice.
The retreat will consist of guided Unified Mindfulness meditation instruction, a daily talk on a meditation related topic, a guided “Focus on Positive” meditation and an opportunity for Q&A. There will also be breakout sessions and instruction for taking mindfulness into daily life, and opportunities to have meditation interviews with the teachers. All sessions are optional.
This retreat schedule will use the US mountain daylight savings time zone (MDT) which is one hour later than pacific and two hours earlier than eastern. All events are optional if timing is difficult in your time zone.
The retreat will begin on the evening of September 22nd and end in the afternoon on Sept 26th.
The cost of this 5 day (four night) virtual retreat is $140. You will also have the opportunity to offer Dana (donation) to the teachers. Dana is the only compensation that the teachers receive and it supports their ongoing teaching. There are a limited number of partial scholarships to help those with a financial need. The scholarships will be between $50 and $80 depending on the number of requests and scholarship donations.
Everyone is highly encouraged to attend the entire retreat, and we are unable to offer discounts for partial attendance. In the event that we fill up, first priority will be given to those attending the entire retreat.
Registration will open on June 22nd. The deadline to register is Tuesday Sept. 21st at 9:00 PM pacific. You may register HERE.
Stephanie Nash has a psychology degree from Duke University and a Masters from Yale University. She teaches meditation workshops & Private Sessions in a private studio in Santa Monica. She has had the privilege of working closely with Shinzen Young and feels grateful to have been able to contribute to - and benefit from - his ever-developing teachings. She has been a facilitator with Vipassana Support International (VSI - founded by Shinzen) since 1999.
Kaishin (Blake) Ashley began mindfulness training at TCMC and with Shinzen Young in 2001. He has been Shinzen's co-teacher at three retreats and taught a weekly class at TCMC for 15 years. He has taught classes for the Arizona State Bar Association, the University of Arizona Department of Campus Health, the Pima County Employee Wellness Program, and the City of Tucson Employee Wellness Program