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Insight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat

Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light

In this retreat, we will emphasize centering ourselves at the time of the holidays and the New Year, through quieting our minds, grounding in our bodies, opening up our hearts, and using inquiry to help give energy to our practice. There will be a special emphasis on opening to the darkness, including to our difficulties and challenges, as well as to the coming light–to our beauty, joy, wisdom, and love. The retreat will include complete meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, daily loving kindness practice, evening talks, practice discussions, and a Winter Solstice ceremony.

2019-12-16 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2019-12-17 Mindfulness is Intimacy with Life (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:12
Oren Jay Sofer
This talk explores different aspects of mindfulness and qualities that support it as well as offers encouragement on the first day of the retreat.
2019-12-18 Moving through Darkness into the Light (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:19
John Travis
John's poem- story of the Himalayas- working with desire and aversion - and opening to Awareness
2019-12-19 Bringing the Body, Heart, and Awareness to our Difficulties (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:29
Heather Sundberg
This talk offers teachings and practices on mindfulness of the nerous system, compassion, and awareness.
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