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A Refuge For Care And Friendship

“The teachers of this tradition and the community that has grown up around them engage one another in reflection about the experience of meditation. This inquiry is completely without judgment. It simply invites further awareness. We are all in it together, teachers and students alike. We share our insights and our questions.”​ – Victoria Howard, Portland, OR​ USA


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


During this online retreat, we will teach an open meditation practice that is followed by reflection and journaling. We welcome continuing students, as well as meditators who are new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. 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.


FOR WHOM?

We welcome long-term meditators, as well as newer meditators. Anyone who has practiced Recollective Meditation or is new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. Meditation teachers are also welcome.

WHY MEDITATE AND REFLECT?

We believe that you can learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can be naturally developed through recollection and reflection, whether done in a journal or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peers.

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. More on this is here: https://satisangha.org/meditation

This retreat will be beneficial for you if:

• You want to have a retreat in your own home.

• You want to participate in an online group practice with a live teacher and sangha.

• Option to choose your own getaway destination while participating in an online meditation retreat.

• If your work schedule does not allow you to get away for a week-long retreat.

Periods of meditation and free time will be on your own. The Dharma talks will be given online, but recorded, so you can log online to listen “live” or listen later to the recordings. Reflection groups will be scheduled online and are optional. (See schedule below)

For those who are new to our practice or would like some assistance, we will help you design a schedule taking into account your personal situation and level of practice. Here are some of the questions we will discuss with you:

• How long should I meditate?
• What activities can I do while on retreat?
• What if I can only do a portion of the retreat?
• How do I handle chores and daily meals on retreat?
• How much can I be on my phone or devices during the retreat?

Feel free to reach out and contact us to better acquaint yourself with our residential retreat and philosophy:
Linda Modaro: linda@satisangha.org   |   Erica Dutton: eld0306@yahoo.com  |  Traci Hodes: traci_hodes@yahoo.com


DAILY SCHEDULE
Please note all times are in Eastern Standard Time, not Pacific Standard Time.
10 – 11am EST: Introduction, Check in, and Dharma Talk
11 – 1pm EST: Meditation and free time
1 – 2pm EST: Reflection Group
2 – 5pm EST: Meditation and free time
5 – 6pm EST: Daily Discussion and Closing

FEES & DANA/SUPPORT RANGE
Sati Sangha has a desire to lead a generous, respectful life and to share it with others. Your giving and generosity for the teachings will be received with gratitude.

Suggested Fees and Dana Range: no fees, donation only

Email linda@satisangha.org for more information.


RETREAT TEACHER & FACILITATORS

LINDA MODARO
I started “seeking” in my early twenties. Unsure what I was looking for, I experimented with many eastern practices and landed in traditional Chinese medicine studying and teaching Qi Gong, Tai Ji and Acupuncture for over fifteen years. Taoist philosophy led to Buddhist philosophy and psychology after a near death experience in 1998 and changed the course of my spiritual practice, teaching, and work with others. I trained and worked closely with the teachers in the Skillful Meditation Project and Recollective Awareness Meditation, put together by Jason Siff. Eventually, I had to leave the SMP home, and founded Sati Sangha so that I could continue teaching Buddhadharma and Reflective Meditation. Thirty years of listening, observing, teaching and being taught by patients and students; traveling to China, Nepal, Iran, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada integrating aspects of their cultures. I try to hold this all lightly, yet I cannot deny the sense of having ‘a calling’ rather than a job.

ERICA DUTTON
Erica Dutton headshotErica Dutton started meditating over 20 years ago in a more traditional insight meditation model when she was ill and couldn’t work. She started because she wanted to find a way to cope with pain and fatigue but meditation soon became much more than a coping mechanism. About 6 years ago, she began studying with Jason Siff and Linda Modaro and most recently, she has been studying with Linda. Two yrs ago she started teacher training. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI and offers classes and individual and group consultation. She can be reached on her face book page SkyGardens Meditation or eld0306@yahoo.com

TRACI HODES
Traci has worked as a psychologist for the past 25 years. Woven into both her professional practice and how she approaches life is her meditation practice, with a focus especially on finding refuge within the body, and developing compassion for self and others. Traci has studied Reflective Meditation with Andrew Luff and Linda Modaro. She is a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Certified Teacher with Mindful Schools. For the past several years, Traci has co-led a Sangha in the Insight Tradition, in Hamden, Connecticut.

Testimonials

“Thanks to this gentle and spacious orientation to meditation, I had time to really pause, feel my vulnerability, as well as take in the good. It takes guts to be gentle!”

Another added: “I loved the talks and conversations! They were excellent, insightful and not overly complicated but enabled deep contemplation.”

Online Retreat Testimonials

“This set up allows people all over the world to participate.”

“(I benefited from) creating a space to set aside to deepen the practice; having a set schedule to follow.  During the last half hour of the retreat, both my phones were ringing and leaving messages that needed tending. Afterwards I found myself attending to them in such a different frame of mind – as part of my practice. Having that mind-set is very helpful.”

“Meditators are concerned with the carbon footprint and climate justice. I don’t have to travel so less carbon footprint.”

“All the benefits of a traditional retreat without the multiple expenses of travel, lodging, pet-sitter, time off work, etc.  I was able to participate in this retreat because I could do so online.  I am grateful for the opportunity, and I am pleased that an online retreat, such as this one, is more accessible to people of limited financial means, or who are not able to travel.”

From our recent online retreat: “Journaling and sharing my thoughts has been a challenge for me in the past. On this retreat, though, I found it surprisingly easy to share with the group. Not quite sure why, though…perhaps feeling safe and secure in my home, and thus more willing to be open…? For whatever reason, this online format really worked well for me.”

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