Beginning Again: A BIPOC Spring Retreat
Fresh "Lev" White
April 27 - 30, 2023
“…We must die every day in order to renew ourselves, in order to make a fresh start…” – Thich Nhat Hanh
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers; and no matter what is happening in the conditions of our world, Spring is the season of new beginnings. When we meet each moment with mindfulness, our meditation is new each time we practice. Beginning again not only allows us an opportunity to renew our commitment to our practice, it also allows us to do so with the wise compassion needed as anxiety, grief, fear, or guilt arise. We will engage with compassion and loving-kindness practices as well as discover ways to embrace joy as it greets us in the many moments throughout the day.
Join us in this Spring retreat where we will discover various modes of practice, including stillness, walking, listening and more. We will also offer chanting and opportunities for optional connecting.
This retreat is for self identified Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color, including our multi-ethnic kin. New and advanced practitioners are welcome to join us on this spring retreat in the mountains above Asheville, NC.
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 email@example.com 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 2023 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.
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