A 10 day meditation retreat is held twice a year. August in Quito, Ecuador, December in Charlottesville, VA. Participants can attend part or all of the retreat. The Quito retreat is residential, the Charlottesville retreat is non-residential. Janet Evergreen began earnestly studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1991with Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rimpoche as her root Lama. The Ratna Shri Sangha was founded by Khenchen and is affiliated with the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
This unique retreat integrates Tibetan Buddhism, Somatic Zapchen well-being practices and noble silence. In Charlottesville participants are allowed to attend individual sessions throughout each day. This makes the experience available to a more diverse community, including parents and people who are working. Most of the time we sit in silence. We also study bodhisattva practices to generate altruistic motivation and loving kindness for others. Zapchen exercises build our Somatic muscle and enhance resiliency needed in life. Once a day during Metta practice we whisper kind messages to our body and inner child, and welcome all feelings. Each evening we explore Jungian archetypes in our dreams, then begin again the next morning. There is a deep sense of rest, beauty and sweetness in a community coming together to practice and be still. We complete the retreat with a Tsok ritual, a feast for Wisdom Company and for all present. While eating together we end our Noble silence with group sharing. Together we give and receive boundless blessings. We are grateful for the many people who have joined us over the years in meditation, gratitude for sangha, our beloved teachers and all Beings. We look forward to next year, continuing to deepen our practice.
Cost: Donations will be sent to INEPE School, an inspirational holistic, spiritual and cultural center for Children of the Barrios in Quito, Ecuador. Checks can be made out to Open Hands (put INEPE in memo) and are tax-deductible.
Windsong Healing Arts Center
1650A State Farm Blvd., Charlottesville, VA 22911
mobile: 434 906-4181
115 RiverBluff Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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