Reflective Meditation is a thoughtful and creative orientation to mindfulness meditation and being still. The practice is person-centered, based on each individual’s experience of meditation. Our retreats are small and intimate, most have about 10-20 participants. All of the retreat centers we use are contemplative, with beautiful grounds and private rooms for each meditator. The schedule is flexible with time for meditation, journaling, small group reflection, and dharma talks. While the retreats are held in a quiet atmosphere, there is time for talking with others away from silent areas, personal exercise, reading, and free time. If you would like to attend a retreat but can’t see how to make it happen, talk with one of us and we may be able to come up with some creative solutions together.
For more information about this approach, please visit the Sati Sangha website.
With Linda Modaro and Wendy Liepman
Saturday, October 12, 2019
San Luis Obispo, CA – White Heron Sangha
During this one-day, non-residential retreat we will explore the Buddhist teachings in meditation practice.
“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”
Have you have experienced a taste of liberation; moments when you were not burdened with reactivity, longing or irritation?
Classical Buddhist texts list seven factors that can lead to liberation: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, relaxation, concentration and equanimity. These seven factors can develop in all meditation practices, but are you aware of how they show up in your practice? Are you able to integrate them into your life? If you tend to jump right back into your day after meditating, you may be missing a fruitful time to recognize them.
Being together with dharma friends on this one-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to pause and reflect after meditating. You may choose to share your reflections within a small group and in conversation with the teachers.
Reflective Meditation is compatible with most forms of meditation and you may do the practice of your choice (or switch between practices). If you are new to meditation, we suggest sitting comfortably in silence, with kind attention to your bodymind as it is.
With Linda Modaro and Bavara
Friday November 8 – Wed November 13
Byron Bay, NSW Australia – Gondwana Sanctuary
“Consider that we, as humans, have needs: needs for nourishment, for inspiration, for solitude, for the company of others… how we understand and relate to dependence and our need for independence is an integral part of meditation and reflection practice." – Linda Modaro
Linda and Bavara will offer an open meditation practice followed by reflection and journaling. Bavara and Gerd are offering this retreat from their home, their guest rooms and the communal meditation Hall in the Gondwana Sanctuary. This will be a small, intimate retreat and we can accommodate eight meditators onsite in shared rooms and bath, although two single rooms with shared bath are available ‘first come, first serve’. We have five spaces open for local meditators to join us, staying offsite.
With Linda Modaro and Matt Young
Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 17
Clifton Hill, Australia – Melbourne Meditation Centre
Meditation is usually taught as a set of instructions, principles and techniques; handed down from the ‘expert’ teacher to the ‘novice’ student.
This is an approach predicated on the assumption that the teacher knows best, that the meditation instructions are in some way ‘optimal’, and that the student’s own instincts and wisdom should be set aside during the learning process. Here are some of the questions we’ll consider in this workshop on ‘teaching meditation backwards.’
Can anyone know what’s best for another?
Are the meditation instructions or techniques that suit us the best instructions for our students?
And might it be possible that students can learn to meditate without instructions at all?
Linda and Matt will also describe and demonstrate how to support meditation students in their own process of learning, through the use of curiosity-driven listening and questioning.
The workshop is open to meditation and mindfulness teachers as well as anyone interested in exploring a student-centered approach to meditation. Over the two days you’ll have the opportunity to hear unusually detailed accounts of what happens during meditation and to learn how to skillfully engage with your students using a patient and compassionate approach to teaching meditation.
With Linda Modaro and Mary McIntyre
Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
Australia (1 hour outside Sydney) – Brahma Kumaris Center
In this secular retreat, we will be emphasising being present to what arises in your meditation practice, without trying to focus on anything in particular. What arises then, is an intimate experience of seeing into how your mind operates moment to moment. We will support this exploration by encouraging you to recollect your sittings through journalling and to explore this with a teacher individually or in small groups.
Most likely you have a goal in mind when you practice. You are free to work with concentration practice or more open awareness practice – and simply reflect actively on what arises as we go. What is in your mind and heart matters and does not need to be separated out. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight rather than from an authority, tradition or any dogmatic thinking about meditation.
The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and on are based on learning to trust ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive and present in your life.
With Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer
Friday, September 6, 2019 – Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Taos, New Mexico – Columbine Inn and Conference Center
This retreat is FULL. By submitting this form, you will be added to the wait list and will be contacted if space becomes available.
“the greatest teacher will send you back to yourself" Nayyirah Waheed
It is inspiring, deep, and rich to see what develops for people in practice. Rather than telling inspiring stories as teaching tools, hearing people’s experience and how they work with it seems to be a great source of creativity and inspiration in this approach. What inspires us, can keep us motivated during difficult times. During this five-night, six-day residential retreat, we will teach a thoughtful, creative take on meditation and being still. We welcome continuing students and mentees of Reflective Meditation who want to offer this orientation to their communities, as well as, meditators who are new to our approach.
With Linda Modaro
Assistance from Erica Dutton and Traci Hodes
Friday, August 16, 2019 – Monday, August 19, 2019
Online via Zoom – Link will be sent after registration
“Bringing our meditation sittings into a conversation with another person changes the conversation to a relationship; one of developing trust, care, and collaboration. The Dharma teachings emerge between us." — Linda Modaro
Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight, rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation. During this online retreat, we will teach an open meditation practice that is followed by reflection and journaling, a refuge for care and friendship on a meditative path.
With Linda Modaro, Bill Wellhouse and Anna Delacroix
Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Monday, March 18, 2019
San Marcos, California (1 hour north of San Diego) – Questhaven Retreat
“pour hours and hours of kindness on your fears. the easiest way to put out a human fire." Nayyirah Waheed
During this four-night, five-day residential retreat, we will teach an open meditation practice that is based upon kindness and curiosity. We welcome continuing students, as well as meditators who are new to our approach. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation, enabling you to be more responsive and present in your life.
With Bill Cooper
Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Spokane, Washington – Kairos House of Prayer
“In reflection practice, we are encouraged to consider and reflect on our meditation period, both its content and processes. We can do this by writing about it, discussing our experience, or some other way that we find meaningful. We are learning to meditate by these various processes of reflection—about thoughts and feelings that occurred during and after our meditation." Bill Cooper
Bill’s dharma talks will be based on the richness and wisdom of a few Pali sources. From there, he will encourage discussion and sharing the individual ways we are understanding and living the dharma. This retreat is open to anyone interested in meditation practice.