Retreats

Social Meditation Retreat

with Nick Kranz
Friday, September 20, 7-9 p.m. PUBLIC TALK @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Join us for a weekend retreat to explore the engaging and timely practice of Social Meditation.
 
As human beings, we’re wired for social interaction. We want to connect. We want to belong. Social Meditation illuminates and strengthens our innate connectedness in the present moment. The practice also fosters emotional resonance, helping us connect with our own wisdom, as well as the collective wisdom of the group. Together, we create a culture of care that is a powerful support for individual practice, as well as a support for the community. When we feel a sense of belonging, our meditation journey is more joyful, meaningful, and sustainable.
 
Over the course of the weekend, we will practice sitting meditation and Social Meditation. Through dialog and talks, we will work with our social patterns in a transformative way.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous experience required. 
 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate! Thank you.
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!
 
Nick Kranz has been a student of Buddhism since 1997. He is an experienced and dynamic meditation teacher with a passion for sharing authentic wisdom. Nick has developed an approach to cultural transformation through the practice of Social Meditation. He is interested in the intersection of social entrepreneurship, awakened intentional community, and collaborative right livelihood. To learn more about Nick, visit to: nickkranz.com.

Mindfulness Retreat

with Shastri Veit Weber
Friday, October 18, 7-9 p.m. PUBLIC TALK @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 
Eary registration is appreciated.
 
Treat yourself. Come to a mindfulness retreat.
 
The simple and profound practice of meditation allows us to get in touch with our innate nature, which is clear, awake, and kind. The ancient practice of mindfulness-awareness is a fundamental relaxation. When one relaxes fully, the ups and downs of life become workable, even enjoyable.
 
Simply sitting down - and following one’s breath - synchronizes mind and body. The ordinary magic of the moment just appears!
 
The retreat includes mindfulness-awareness instruction, talks by the teacher, group discussion, guided contemplative practice, and individual meetings with instructors. The environment is relaxed and friendly with time to share meals and conversation.
 
The weekend opens with a public talk on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.
 
RegistrationEarly registration is greatly appreciated. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email John at [email protected] 
 
Shastri Veit Weber is a senior Buddhist teacher and chaplain. His studies and practice began in the 1990s, and he attended Buddhist seminary in 1999. Veit oversees Practice & Education for Shambhala Centers and Groups in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has also worked as a site-based Buddhist chaplain at the Dorchester Penitentiary Medium Sector. Veit is a third generation blacksmith. He runs Weber's Ironworks in Nortondale, New Brunswick.

Fall Weekthun

with Rachel Nixon
Thursday evening, November 7, 6-8 p.m.
Friday-Thursday, November 8-14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Additional evening program on November 9 and 11 until 8:30 p.m.
 
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Join us for a joyful and supportive week-long meditation retreat. Come for the whole week or as much of the week as possible! Open to new and experienced practitioners.
 
Weekthun includes group and individual instruction, sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, group discussion, and shared meals. The program is carefully designed to support participants in deepening their mindfulness-awareness practice and cultivating an open heart. The environment is relaxed and supportive. Practicing in community for a full week is a gift. We hope you can join us!
 
The theme for the Fall Weekthun is the Paramitas. What are the paramitas? They are techniques that guide us on our path of waking up to ourselves and the world. A teaching of Mahayana Buddhism, the paramitas help us learn to let go and open our hearts further. The six paramitas include generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word paramita means to “cross over to the other shore.” When we practice the paramitas in daily life, we cross over the sea of suffering to the shore of awakening. We connect with our true nature. But, it's not always easy. We experience the messiness of life. We notice our habitual tendencies and selfishness creeping in, and when we do, we can be gentle with ourselves and work with the paramitas. Each day will include a dharma talk and discussion on one of the paramitas. Readings will be provided. 
 
For the full experience, we encourage you to sign up for the entire retreat. If that is not possible, we recommend attending from Thursday evening November 7th through Monday, November 11th. Other partial participation is welcome as well; please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to discuss the options.
 
Plan for full days (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and additional evening programs (until 8:30 p.m.) on Saturday, 11/9 and Monday, 11/11. Silence will be held for several days of the retreat. See full schedule below.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.
 
Registration: Early registration is greatly appreciated. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!
 
Service: Weekthun is self-staffed meaning that participants help with registration, meal prep/clean up, timekeeping, cleaning, etc. Participants will be invited to contribute a “crock pot” soup lunch for the group.
 
Meals: The program fee includes tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/snacks, and dinner on the days that include evening programs.
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email John at [email protected] 
 
Weekthun Schedule
Opening Talk, Thursday, 11/7, 6-8 p.m. – The Paramitas
Day 1, Friday, 11/8, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Prajna
Day 2, Saturday, 11/9, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Generosity
Day 3, Sunday, 11/10, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Discipline
Day 4, Monday, 11/11, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Patience
Day 5, Tuesday, 11/12, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Exertion
Day 6, Wednesday, 11/13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Meditation
Day 7, Thursday, 11/14, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Bodhisattvas in Everyday Life
 
Daily Schedule
8:00 a.m. Registration and tea/coffee
8:30 a.m. Morning practice session
11:00 a.m. Talk and group discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch and fresh air
1:30 p.m. Afternoon practice session
3:30 p.m. Tea break
4:00 p.m. Discussion and closing sit
5:30 p.m. Dinner and evening talk (11/9 and 11/11 only)
 
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chödrön's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and has trained at Shambhala Meditation Centers in Maine, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, as well as Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. Rachel attended the seven-week Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema at Gampo Abbey in 2019. She currently serves as the Director of Rockland Shambhala, and she is a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor. In addition to teaching, she loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.
 
Image: Avalokiteshvara, the Boddhisattva of Compassion.