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.