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Reflective Meditation: International Online Retreat – in your home

As of 4/20 this retreat is Full.
If you would like to be on the waiting list, please register and we will contact you if a space opens up.


During this retreat we will have a lighter schedule. Our experience with online retreats shows that having more open space in the schedule helps prevent the fatigue of being online. This is an opportunity for you to augment our retreat schedule with a self retreat schedule that works best in your home and life during this pandemic.


With Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer
Friday evening, April 24th, 2020 from 6:30-8pm PDT
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26th, 2020 from 9am to 6:30pm PDT
Online via Zoom – Link will be sent after registration


We 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.”  

Feel free to reach out and contact us to better acquaint yourself with our practice:
Linda Modaro: linda@satisangha.org   | Nelly Kaufer: nellykaufer@gmail.com

DAILY SCHEDULE: 
*most time zones in US, Europe, Australia and NZ will be able participate in at least two of the three sessions offered daily

Friday, April 24th
6:30-8pm PDT – Orientation, Dharma talks, and meditation sitting

Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th
9-10am PDT – Dharma prompt and sitting together with daily online group (will send recording to all participants)
10:15-11:15am PDT or 2:15-3:15pm PDT – Reflection Group
5-6:30pm PDT – Dharma conversations, breakout groups, and ending with a meditation sitting

*We will be assigning reflection groups based on your location.
*Individual interviews with Linda or Nelly available upon request during the retreat.

FEES & DANA/SUPPORT RANGE
We have 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. Your support will benefit both Linda and Sati Sangha, and Nelly and Pine Street Sangha.

Suggested Fees and Support Range: $50-350
Pandemic economic support price: Please give as you can.

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.

NELLY KAUFER
Nelly Kaufer is the founder and lead teacher at Pine Street Sangha, a Meditation center in Portland, Oregon. Witnessing an intimate understanding of dharma along with a kind regard for the variety of meditative experiences, she teaches Reflective Meditation. Nelly was introduced to Vipassana (Mindfulness) meditation in 1978 on retreats taught by Ruth Denison and began teaching women meditation soon there after, as there were no female teachers in her community at that time. She co-authored A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Renewal (HarperOne,1994), a book for which she interviewed women about their spiritual experiences. In the 1990s she completed a 3-year mindfulness teacher training with Jacqueline Mandell. Nelly met Jason Siff at a Buddhism and Psychotherapy conference in 2004, entered the Skillful Meditation Project teacher training several months later and completed this in-depth training in 2008. Nelly is a psychotherapist in private practice, integrating Buddhist psychology into her clinical orientation and in continuing education workshops for mental health professionals. I think what really attracts me about this approach is the spirit of exploration and the quality of kindness to myself and others that seems to arise from the practice.

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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