Retreats

September 20-23

Cultivating a Heart Unshaken with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Hugh Byrne

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Shipman VA

When we encounter difficulties, we can be tempted to lose heart and imagine that something is wrong. In our spiritual practice, however, we are invited to see and to deeply investigate these moments as blessings and powerful learning opportunities. The Dharma guides us to cultivate wholesome attitudes: qualities of mind and heart that support our opening to change and challenge as wonderful and happy practice. With these, we are able to discover ever deeper and more creative possibilities, developing steadfast and peace-filled presence in our relations with our internal and external worlds.

This retreat will be an opportunity for you to establish, re-discover, or deepen your contemplative practice. It is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators. Through the skilled guidance of our teachers, you will be supported in exploring, healing, and transforming your relationship with yourself and all of creation.

Visit here to learn more and register.

October 19-21

The Power of Presence—Coming Home to Our True Nature, with Hugh & Rebecca

Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

Pause, be with your body and your whole being, and connect with yourself in presence. In this weekend retreat, experience the power of meditation with a pause in the doing and allow yourself simply to be. The retreat is designed to support continuity of wakefulness, creating space for your true nature to be revealed.  Together in community we will engage in a variety of meditation practices, including sitting, lying, walking and eating accompanied by gentle movement.

To register, visit here. Co-sponsored with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

May 31-June 1, 2019

Opening Our Hearts to Ourselves & the World: A Weekend of Loving-kindness with Hugh & Rebecca

Claymont Court, Charlestown, WV

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. We will tenderly explore our capacity to create, endure, overcome, and transform suffering through practices of loving-kindness and awareness. Loving-kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. The fusion of mindfulness and loving-kindness helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.

On this retreat loving-kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction, talks, mindful movement, and walking meditation.

Registration will begin in 2019. Co-sponsored with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.

September 14-21, 2019 in Greece

Cultivating Joy in Stillness and Beauty—Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Greece with Hugh & Rebecca

Join Hugh and Rebecca on the gorgeous Greek Island of Amorgos. This is a time to connect with true joy in the beauty of the soothing blue Aegean Sea nourishing your body, mind, and spirit with practice, community, and adventure.

For the first half of the week, we will explore the arising of joy as we come into stillness through traditional mindfulness practices – sitting meditation, movement, walking – and enjoying locally-sourced organic meals. Our mornings will begin with meditation and movement overlooking the Aegean Sea with seamless practice throughout the day to support coming home to your true nature.

The second half of the week will be spent exploring the island’s historic towns, relaxing on the beach, hiking the coastline, and doing whatever feeds your soul. Most evenings will be spent with a group dinner to share our day and enjoy each other’s company.

Our retreats are shaped by our intention to immerse ourselves in the culture of where we are and to be open to the adventures that present themselves. This week will offer a balance of practice, rest, and play. We have discovered through leading and attending many retreats that traveling together and saying yes to life and its moment-to-moment opportunities creates a true connection with joy, lasting friendships, and a gratitude for life’s abundance.

Sponsored by TrueNature.  Stay tuned for registration information coming soon!!  Join our mailing list for periodic updates!