Date: 14th - 17th August 2020

Time: 6.00pm on Friday 14th Aug - 3.30pm on Monday 17th August 2020

Cost: Registration fee of €40 + Dana (you will be given the opportunity to make a donation at the end of the retreat. See note on Dana below.)

Facilitator: Melissa Blacker and David Rynick

Course Type: Meeting the Suffering and Joy of Life with Compassion

Venue: Online, via Zoom

Click here to pay your €40 registration fee:

Course Information:

Meeting the Suffering and Joy of Life with Compassion

If for some reason you would like to attend but cannot afford the registration fee right now, please get in touch with us at info@mindfulness.ie.  Your request will be met in strict confidence.

Once we receive your booking we will send you an application form.

Dana – the Practice of Generosity:  We know that these last months have been very difficult for many of us.  In the spirit of inclusivity and care we are offering this retreat for the registration fee of €40.  If you would like to pay more and can afford it we will give you the opportunity to make a donation – Dana – at the end of the retreat.   Your generosity will help us to cover the cost of the retreat and the administration, and to be generous to others in turn.

This Retreat is for: Mindfulness Teachers, Teacher Trainees and mindfulness practitioners

Retreat Information:

We invite you to participate in this on-line retreat from your own home.  The format will support those wishing to practice formally in a sustained way throughout the days as well as all who wish to attend the scheduled group sessions while needing to be engaged with ongoing life at home.

Some of us may not be free to put everything aside – we may have busy family lives, we may be carers or we may have other responsibilities that prevent us from being able to step aside from our normal activities and engagements.  The invitation is to reduce these where we can, and to bring the mindful awareness we are cultivating to all aspects of our daily life, no matter what tasks need to be carried out between Zoom sessions.  Whatever our circumstances, we will all be supporting ourselves and each other in our practice.

We ask that you attend the opening and closing sessions with David and Melissa as well as their sessions on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  We also ask that you attend as many of the other sessions as you can, so that we can all create a sense of us being on retreat, practicing together.  You will not have to look at your screen for all the time we are together, but we do ask that  you leave your video camera on during all of the practice sessions.

Retreat Outline:

This is a guide and there may be some changes:

Friday evening:

The retreat will start with a 2 hour session by Zoom with Melissa and David on from 6-8pm.  They will open and introduce themselves and the retreat and offer us guidelines, and lead us in a practice together.

Saturday and Sunday:

7.30-8.30am: Zoom gathering to practice together, guided movement and sitting, Josephine / Helen

8.30-10.00am: Breakfast

10.00-10.30am: Zoom gathering to practice together, Helen / Josephine

10.30-12.30am: self-practice, walking, sitting, movement, tea / coffee, daily activities, all done with mindful awareness and in silence where possible.

12.30- 1.00am: Zoom gathering, sitting together, Josephine / Helen.

1.00-3.00pm: Lunch, rest, other daily tasks

3.00-3.30pm: Zoom gathering, sitting practice, David / Melissa (This may be a pre-recorded session.)

3.30-5.00pm: self-practice, walking, sitting.

5.00-6.00pm: Supper

6.00-8.00pm: Zoom gathering – Melissa and David lead us in practice, offer a short dharma talk and facilitate an inquiry.

Monday:

7.30-8.30am: Zoom gathering, movement and sitting, Josephine / Helen

8.30-10.00am: Breakfast

10.00-10.30am: Zoom gathering to practice together, Helen / Josephine

10.30-12.30am: self-practice, walking, sitting, movement, tea / coffee, daily activities, all done with mindful awareness and in silence where possible.

12.30- 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30-3.30: Zoom gathering, practice, inquiry, retreat ending: David and Melissa.

Facilitators:

 David Dae An Rynick, Roshi and Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi are husband and wife and together they are two of the Guiding Teachers of Boundless Way Zen, and the resident teachers at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, Massachusetts.  (www.worcesterzen.org, www.boundlesswayzen.org)

Melissa is a Zen master and an internationally renowned Dharma teacher. She holds degrees in anthropology, music and counselling psychology.  In 1993 Melissa joined the staff of the Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.  Until 2012 she was a senior member of the mindfulness-based stress reduction teaching staff, the Associate Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, and a Director of professional training programs at the Center.  www.melissablacker.com

David is a Zen master and is the author of This Truth Never Fails: A Memoir in Four Seasons. David is also a life and leadership coach who works with spiritual leaders from many different traditions as well as with individuals seeking to align their lives with their deepest wisdom.  His daily writing can be found at www.davidrynick.com/blog