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Silent Meditation Retreat
Saturday, November 19 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Graeser Family Education Center
$30 | $22 WBG members
Gratitude is the obvious theme for a retreat into silent meditation the week before Thanksgiving. Cultures have long celebrated bountiful harvests with rituals of gratitude and the spiritual dimension of homecoming. We will also acknowledge that fall is a time of “hunkering down” in the natural world: temperatures cool, plants grow dormant, animals prepare for the upcoming cold weather, storing food or traveling to warmer regions. Since we human beings are part of the natural world, we will include ourselves and others in the process of discovering once again that there are forces and rhythms at work that make compassion possible and purposeful.
This retreat is an opportunity for you to find a restorative and affirming shift in wellbeing as we explore mindfulness meditation practices with curiosity and kindness, supported by the beautiful spaces at WBG, incredible music, tasty food and skillful teachers. Participants are silent during most of the retreat as Karen and Emily guide a variety of meditation forms, including walking, eating, sitting, sound and chair yoga. Anticipate your silence as a pleasant experience as your brain’s language center relaxes. The quiet space created by not talking provides grounding for experiencing what it means to be in a state of mindfulness.
No experience with meditation required.