Reflective Meditation: International Online Retreat – in your home
“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 and Nelly Kaufer
Dates – Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2020
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.
Reflective meditation encourages and supports an independent practice that fits with the conditions of your life. For most of us, our practice at home is usually quite different than when we go on retreat.
An on-line retreat helps establish or deepen your independent practices, and integrate them into your everyday life. You will inevitably bring your life right into your meditation and your retreat, because the retreat resides in your home.
Here are the words of two meditators who attended a previous online retreat and describe it from inside their experience:
“(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.”
“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.”
The schedule will be adapted for multiple time zones during the hours of 7am PST and 8pm PST. We welcome meditators from all time zones in the US, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe. Whether you are new to practice or our approach, please consider joining us. Meditation teachers are also welcome.
Ways to participate:
• From the comfort of your own home.
• Retreat to a “getaway destination” while participating.
• If you are a member of a sangha, you could “get together” as a group and participate.
Live dharma talks will be given online, and it is likely we will record some so listen later to the recordings. We will meet together as a full group and in smaller reflection groups, which are optional. There will be periods of meditation together and on your own, as well as free time for reading, exercise, or other daily activities.
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 on my own?
• What activities can I do while on retreat, and what if I have to miss some of the scheduled groups online?
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | Nelly Kaufer: email@example.com
REGISTRATION: Preference given to participants who can attend the full weekend, but if space allows we will open it up to Saturday only, first for those from Australia. Your support will benefit both Linda and Sati Sangha, and Nelly and Pine Street Sangha.
DAILY SCHEDULE: After you register and pay your deposit by April 1, a form will be sent to you so that you can sign up for which group sessions you would like to attend. Once you choose your sessions we will plan our groups accordingly. Please do not change sessions after then.
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 Support Range: $75-500
*If the low end of this range is difficult for you, please contact Linda and we will make it work.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
RETREAT TEACHER & FACILITATORS
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.