2018 Oakwood Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat

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Date(s) - October 8 - October 15
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Oakwood Retreat Center

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Deep Spring Center
2018 Fall Silent Retreat

Vipassana and the Awakened Heart

A silent retreat with Barbara Brodsky, John Orr, Aaron* and including Darshan with The Mother**

OCTOBER 8 – OCTOBER 15, 2018 (MONDAY TO MONDAY)
OUR RETREAT HAS THREE INTER-WOVEN THEMES: VIPASSANA MEDITATION, PRACTICE WITH THE NON-DUALITY OF RELATIVE AND ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE, AND LIVING FROM THE OPEN HEART

VIPASSANA or “insight meditation” is a practical method of self-awareness which makes it possible to encounter the tensions of daily life in a calm and balanced way. Vipassana trains us to be awake, noticing the moments of life with a compassionate heart. This practice has been handed down through the centuries from its origins in Theravadan Buddhism but as we practice it here, no special beliefs are involved. We learn from our own direct experiences. Except for instruction periods, dharma talks, group meetings, and some periods of structured dialogue, the Retreat is held in Silence, giving us an opportunity to move deeply into our own experiences and heart centers. This Silence is a highly valuable opportunity. We encourage each person to give the gift of Silence to others by making every effort to observe with spaciousness their impulses which lead to a break in Silence.

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Where: Oakwood Retreat Center, Selma, Indiana
Teachers: Barbara Brodsky, John Orr, Aaron and The Mother*
Level:  All levels
Cost: Shared Room: $875
 Private Room: $1,260

Full payment is due by Friday, August 24, 2018.

(includes 7 nights and 21 meals – the fee covers actual retreat costs for room and meals; private rooms have limited availability).

REGISTRATION

Registration deadline:
Friday, September 28, 2018
After Friday, August 24, 2018 full payment is due at registration. 
Refunds:
 Your payment/deposit is refundable minus a $100 cancellation-processing fee until Friday, August 3, 2018; after that it is refundable only if someone on the waiting list takes your place.
Retreat Information: Once registration is complete and payment is received, a welcome letter and retreat handbook will be emailed in mid-September.

All Deep Spring Center teachers offer their time on a dana basis, joyfully sharing the teachings. Your free-will offerings to the teachers are welcomed. (Envelopes will be available at the retreat for your offering to the teachers).

 

*Aaron is a discarnate entity channeled by Barbara Brodsky. Learn more about Aaron.

**Darshan and The Mother, channeled by Barbara Brodsky is an event in consciousness—an interaction between the human and the divine, which focuses and raises the consciousness of the human. The Mother – trance-channeled through Barbara – takes each person’s hands and looks into his/her eyes. She may offer a few words. Many people are deeply moved because, with unconditional love, she mirrors back to each his/her own divinity, the Divine Mother in each of our hearts. For this reason, we call the work with the Mother, “Remembering Wholeness.” She doesn’t “fix” us; she doesn’t offer many words.  She reminds us of our own wholeness and divinity. This is very consistent with the non-dual aspects of our dharma practice, where we observe objects such as thoughts, sensations and emotions arising and passing away, impermanent and “not-self” in nature. We rest in Pure Awareness, conscious of distortions but also remembering our innate perfection. We attend skillfully to the distortions, release self-identification with them, and rest in our true being.  It is fine to come with a skeptical mind. No special beliefs are required for darshan, just a willingness to open our hearts to this powerful love.