Heart of Wisdom: Abiding Together – An Insight Dialogue Retreat
Phyllis Hicks and Anna-Brown Griswold
July 28 - August 2, 2022
The fabric of life is relational whether involving sensory experience, internal perceptions or relationships with others. We are constantly receiving sense impressions and appropriating meaning to experience. Clearly seeing our habitual ways of constructing identity and inhabiting limiting narratives, takes courage, willingness and kind awareness. The companionship of other meditators in practice offers stability and friendship that can lead to mutual release and greater freedom.
Meditating alone and, also in pairs and small groups engaged in dialogue processes, we will contemplate the interconnected nature of all experience and explore how a sense of self and other arise and vanish. Being part of a vast web of emergence, subject to aging, disease, death, loss, and heirs to our actions we will investigate our shared human condition and dwell together in the wisdom of the heart. Together in waking up, we will explore living with uncertainty in ways that are liberating, attuned to the heart-beat of the planet and generative as we take our place in the family of all life.
Co-taught by Phyllis Hicks and Anna-Brown Griswold, this retreat combines silent practice with the Insight Dialogue process, Dhamma talks, mindful movement, and time in nature, all within the container of Noble Silence. This is an opportunity to encounter Insight Dialogue for the first time and, also for experienced ID meditators to deepen their practice. Free from habitual speech, free from online communications, supported by nature, we will create a space of practice that moves wisely between words and the wordless.
NOTE: An ongoing meditation/mindfulness practice and previous retreat experience is requested for participation in this retreat. If you have questions about the suitability of this retreat for you, please feel free to email Phyllis at email@example.com.
Until further notice, registration for our residential programs is restricted to individuals who have or will receive their final Covid-19 vaccination at least two weeks before their arrival on site. We will be restricting total retreat capacity to allow for comfortable, unmasked participation, as well as the option of outdoor dining. Please be prepared to present proof of your vaccination upon request. We also require all registered participants to present negative results from a Covid test performed in the 3 days prior to the start of your retreat AND that you consent to being tested upon your arrival at Southern Dharma. Any rapid antigen test is acceptable for testing, including over-the-counter at-home tests.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the safety of our staff, teachers, retreatants, and larger community!
Check-in from 4-6pm; Early arrivals may be accommodated – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request.
Departures will take place by 2:00pm on the last day of retreat. Please make sure that you can attend the full program before registering.
For our 2022 retreats, three fee tiers are offered. Please choose the option that best fits your ability to give in this time. Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible contribution to Southern Dharma Retreat Center. Your confirmation email is your receipt for tax purposes.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
Note that registration fees do not include dana for the teacher(s). In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are offered freely and teachers are not paid for their offerings. They rely on dana contributions from students. Similarly, Southern Dharma keeps registration fees low to ensure the Dharma is accessible to all. Fees cover only a fraction of Southern Dharma’s operating expenses. We appreciate your practice of generosity to continue the dissemination of the Dharma.
Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. We are currently offering six housing options:
- Bed in Lodge, shared double room (2nd floor)
- Bed in Lodge, dorm with privacy partitions (3rd floor)
- Unheated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Heated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Canvas Tent (furnished, outdoor bathroom)
- Basic Tent Platform
Please use the appropriate field in the registration process to let us know your preferences in regards to housing, if any, and also specify if you insist on or prefer being housed with others of the same gender. All housing options are priced the same except for the Basic Tent Platform.
Southern Dharma is now offering 50% scholarship awards for BIPOC and Young Adults in addition to those with financial need. Indicate your interest in a Southern Dharma in-house scholarship during the registration process.
This program is also eligible for Hemera Contemplative Fellowships. Please note that you must apply for the Fellowship prior to registering for any program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.