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The Beauty and Power of
Mindfulness: Reaching IN and Reaching
Intimate 5-Day Residential Meditation Retreat
6:00 pm Wed, May 17
thru 1:30 pm Sun, May 21, 2017
Kairos House of Prayer, Spokane, WA T 15 retreatants
Kairos is a mountain retreat setting with single room accommodations and
vegetarian meals located 30 minutes north of downtown Spokane.
Please note: Meditation Hall is up a flight of stairs.
“My friends, it is through the
establishment of the lovely clarity of mindfulness
that you can let go of grasping after past
overcome attachment and grief, abandon all
clinging and anxiety,
and awaken an unshakable freedom of heart,
“Do No Harm, Act for the Good, Purify the
Reaching IN ~ Grounded
in these words of the Buddha we will cultivate mindfulness of vedanā as a pivotal “intervention” in
the cycle of stress and suffering. Vedanā
or feeling tone is the quality of pleasant, unpleasant or neutral that arises
with every bodily sensation, sound, sight, smell, taste, thought or emotion we
experience that usually goes unnoticed.
Maha Ghosananda, the Cambodian monk
and peace activist, led annual dhamma yietra
or ‘pilgrimage of justice’ marches through areas infested by landmines left behind during the long civil war in
his country. He declared that the inner landmines exist in the human heart as the
three root poisons of greed, hatred and delusion.
We will begin our retreat by establishing embodied presence
in stillness and movement (qigong and walking meditation) as the scaffolding to
abide in mindfulness of strong vedanā
and to investigate grasping, aversion or delusion that arise when we “miss”
seeing vedanā and are off and running in habitual reactivity. Reaching IN is the courageous and
ongoing effort to discover and disarm our inner landmines thus allowing wisdom
and compassion to source our Reaching Out into the world.
“The only reason we
don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion
in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the
degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident
and fearlessabout looking into
someone else's eyes.” ― Pema Chödrön
Reaching OUT requires ongoing mindful awareness of our intentions, thoughts
and emotions to discern what is wise speech and action in any given situation. Are
we caught in the tangles of habitual reactivity that may cause harm or can we respond
from clarity and understanding that reflects our deepest values?
To “do no harm” and “act for the good” we will also explore the Five Training
Precepts which are grounded in non-harming and reverence for life. They include
refraining from harming any living being; from taking what is not offered; from
sexual conduct that is harmful to self or others; from speech that is divisive,
harsh, unkind or false; and refraining from clouding the mind with intoxicants.
Few of us are perfectly aligned with the precepts, but can we train to act and
speak with truth that is non-harming as well as standing strong for non-harming
in the world? Can we train to act without “demonizing” or creating an unreal “other”
or deepening the sense of a separate self that builds walls rather than
bridges? Can we train to cultivate “an unshakeable freedom of heart” internally
and in our relational world?
The Buddha declared “If it were not possible to free the heart
from entanglement in greed, hatred and fear, I would not teach you to do so.
But just because it is possible to free the heart from entanglement in
unhealthy states do I offer these teachings.”
It is not the intention of this retreat to debate or define wise action
for anyone, but to provide the opportunity to practice in sacred community and
be nourished by these practices of awakening so we can reach out with wisdom
and compassion to each other and in widening circles to the world. We will also
be nourished by nature and the loving environment of Kairos that Sr. Florence
and Rita have created over many decades of devotion and generosity.
Essential prerequisites: Curiosity,
vulnerability, courage, openness, and willingness to be playful and patience
with all that will arise from within, and to hold ourselves and each other with
merciful kindness...to the best of our ability moment to moment.
“What shape waits in the
seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?”
Dori Langevin, Psy.D, is a graduate of the four-year
teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and other Spirit
Rock & Insight Meditation Society (IMS) teachers. She has been teaching
Buddhadharma & meditation since 2003, and has co-taught residential
retreats with Tara Brach at Insight Meditation Community of Washington; as well as at IMS, Spirit Rock, Cloud Mountain,
Mandala, and iBme (teen retreats). Dori loves sharing the
Buddha’s radical teachings and practices which empower us to live with
wakefulness, compassion and wisdom in the midst of our messy, yet radiant
lives. She considers herself a devotee of the Sacred Feminine and grounds her
teaching in embodied presence.
Registration: Sliding Scale
$350-$550 total retreat cost includes:
1) $200 registration deposit to
cover your room and board & administrative expenses. There is also an option to camp which will decrease the registration fee to $155.
2) $150-$350 donation for the retreat
teachings which you will offer directly to Dori on Sunday. Pay Pal option for
registration (which includes the Pay Pal fees) is available for those who wish
to pay by credit card. Because of the generosity of retreatants, partial
scholarships may be available. Contact Dori for details. You will receive an
email confirming your participation with guidelines for what to bring and driving
Refund Policy: Checks will be deposited on April 28. If you need to
cancel please telephone Dori on or before May 1 and she will issue
a $150 refund; $200 refund is always issued if your place is filled from
the wait-list. No refund is available if you leave the retreat early because
Dori pays Kairos full room and board costs for all retreatants.
Questions? 509-928-3948 or
Lodging is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis balanced with
physical needs as indicated on your registration form. Everyone needs to mail
the signed registration form; postmark will serve as date for lodging requests.
Kairos has 13 single
rooms and dining room capacity for 15 so
registration priority will also be given to those who are willing to camp (with
reduced Kairos R&B cost) or share lodging with another person (without
reduced Kairos R&B cost) to allow 15 people to attend.
1. There are six rooms in the two main
Two rooms upstairs & two rooms
downstairs in the main house where there are full baths on both
Two rooms upstairs next to the meditation
hall in the “barn.” It is called the “barn” because it looks like
one from the outside (no animals!). There are two full baths on the ground
floor of the barn.
2. There are seven single dwellings situated at various places on the property and
thus are more private and quiet: Four A-frame
cabins and three hermitages (renovated single-person trailers). Some require
uphill walking although three of the hermitages are closer to the main
buildings. All have electricity and heat, but no running water. Drinking
water is supplied. All have “honey-pots” for night-time toileting which do not
need to be emptied and cleaned until Sunday morning (and they are not smelly!).
One of the larger
A-Frames can easily accommodate two people and one of the main house bedrooms
has housed two people in previous retreats.
The Beauty and Power of Mindfulness
6:00 pm Wed, May 17 thru 1:00 pm
Sun, May 21, 2017
Phone: ______________________ E-mail: __________________________________
Please describe your retreat experience (if this is your first retreat
describe your intentions/aspirations for your retreat experience:
Lodging request: Please
indicate 1st and 2nd choices or
___ no preference
___room in main house ___room in barn ___A-frame ___hermitage
Please describe any physical ability needs related to your lodging
If more than 13 people register, would you be willing to share a room?
Anyone you are willing to room with? ______________________
I am paying:
____ $200 deposit; $150 refund with phone call to Dori by May 1
____ PayPal $208; $150 refund with phone call to Dori by May 1
____ Camping deposit $155; $105 refund with phone call to Dori by May 1
____ PayPal $162; $105 refund with phone call to Dori by May 1
In addition, I would like to contribute $_______ to the scholarship fund.
Thank you for your generosity.
I understand and agree to the refund policy for this retreat:
Please sign & mail
this form to: 4612 So. Schafer Branch Rd, Spokane,
with a check payable to Dori Langevin or a copy of your PayPal