Retreats

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30-4:00 pm

A Day of Renewal: Connecting with Your Deepest Aspirations

St. Luke’s Episcopal, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD

Join Hugh and Rebecca for a day of immersion in practices of awareness and compassion to renew connection with yourself, nature, and life.  Pause and be present with the simplicity of practice – connect with your internal resources for healing and well-being and your deepest intentions for yourself and life.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:30-4:00 pm

Finding Freedom in Daily Life: The Mindful Path to Changing Habits, with Hugh Byrne

St. Luke’s Episcopal, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD

We all have habits we’d like to change and habits we’d like to develop to live more happily and freely. But once ingrained, behaviors can be very hard to break because of the brain processes involved in habit formation.

Join Hugh to learn how to use to mindfulness skills and practices to bring habitual behaviors and thought patterns into awareness, where they can be transformed.

Emphasizing kindness, self-compassion, non-judgment, and moment-to-moment awareness, you will cultivate formal and informal skills and practices to help you free yourself from unhealthy habits. You will empower yourself to shift your life through:

  • Mindfulness of breath and body, including sitting and walking meditation to connect with your deepest intentions and discover what you care about most deeply;
  • Loving-kindness and self-compassion practices to help you “ride the waves” and work with difficult feelings, bodily sensations, and challenging emotions;
  • Mindful eating and guided reflections to identify unhelpful habits to let go of and beneficial ones to develop;
  • Work skillfully with your thoughts to shift your focus from narrating to fully experiencing your life.

Through talks on daily life skills and practices, question-and-answer sessions, journaling, and sharing in pairs and groups, you will learn how to work with habits before, during, and after they manifest. You will take home powerful skills, practices to bring mindfulness—a key to habit change—into your daily life.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

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

June 29-July 1, 2018

Cultivating an Open Heart – 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.

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