True Refuge: The Heart of Wise Action

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In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will take refuge in awareness, wisdom, and spiritual friendship (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) as sources of wise relationship and compassionate action. In these turbulent and challenging times, we will investigate and practice together the Four Noble Truths and cultivate the fruits of relational practice: insight, forbearance, power, and equanimity.

We will investigate obstacles to wise friendship and beloved community, internally in the heart-mind, and externally in social constructions. Cultivating Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Relational Equanimity, we will explore the possibility of courageous personal and collective action, and deep companionship on the Noble Eightfold Path.

In this beautiful New England setting, the retreat will be held in Noble Silence. We will alternate periods of silent meditation practice, Insight Dialogue, yoga for every body, and mindful movement.

There will be two optional yoga classes everyday, geared for every body. No prior experience is necessary. Yoga will be led by Annie Hoffman. She has been studying Iyengar yoga with Patricia Walden for the past 35 years. Her interests encompass Feldenkrais, Physical Therapy, and other somatic work, which makes her classes accessible to every body. She teaches classes in Arlington, Cambridge, and Brookline, MA. Annie and Jan have worked together for many years. Annie’s instruction time is covered by the retreat fee.

This retreat will introduce the practice guidelines of Insight Dialogue. Prior silent meditation practice is suggested. Please contact Jan Surrey if you are unsure if this retreat is right for you.

Please send your name, address, phone number and email address, along with a check for $200 deposit* (and scholarship donation, if applicable), to Jan Surrey: Insight Dialogue Retreat, 75 Bellevue Street, Newton MA 02458.

Additionally, please indicate if you are interested in sharing a ride from Boston, MA or Brattleboro, VT.

* the deposit is nonrefundable after May 1st, unless your space can be filled.