From Compassion to Action
An online daylong retreat of meditation and wise response
June 28, 9:00 - 4:00 MDT
8 - 3:00 PDT, 10 - 5:00 CDT, 11 - 6:00 EDT. Zoom familiarization for those who desire half hour before start.
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Kirsten Rudestam
Cost: $40 - $100 ($10 fee for admin costs, the remainder is offered in support to the teachers. For this retreat, 50% of teacher fees will be donated to organizations in support of Black Lives Matter) No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Compassion is the wholesome expression of the open heart when it meets the suffering of our world. To know compassion is to care – to feel our connection with other people and with the more-than-human world. In these times we are asked to come to terms with the devastating effects of our racial history, our environmentally disastrous greed, and the immediate difficulties of Covid-19. It is in facing these challenges that our hearts can know both our tenderness and our strength. There is the natural desire to feel both compassion and to relieve the suffering.
In this daylong retreat, we will explore through meditation, dharma talks, connection with others and engaged practice, how to know and allow the natural movement of our hearts. There will be periods of silent practice as well as invitations to take action, such as making a phone call, writing a letter, donating to a cause, and finding your own inspiration to act. Through mindfulness, we will explore the emotions, resistances, hindrances, and wholesome qualities that arise in considering and enacting compassionate response. What arises when we are moved to do something, to move off the cushion, out of silent meditation and take our practice into action?
Below are some race resources you can begin to look at. Prior to the retreat, we will send additional resources on other topics, and the zoom link. We ask that you spend 30 minutes prior to the retreat exploring responses in a topic that moves you.
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
All in-person retreats are currently held with current COVID protocols, including masking, social distancing and hygiene, and updated as requirements and recommendations evolve. More information is available for each retreat. With COVID, everything is in constant flux and change! If you would like to be informed when retreats are offered, we highly recommend you sign up for the newsletter (in the footer) which announces new retreats. We don’t always list all retreat on the website. Check back, we are still adding retreats as changing conditions continue to unfold.
From M's email
Do you long to embody the ease, freedom, and aliveness that is your true home? To do so, the Buddha implored us to “go to the forest, to the foot of a tree” as an onward leading condition for awakening to our true nature. In this home of spruce forests, alpine meadows, birdsong, and wandering moose, we practice immersed in the natural world. And we explore opening ourselves to the beauty, interconnectedness, and preciousness of our true nature. During this retreat, we'll be encouraged to look out and around, as well as inward, and to delight in what we see.
This retreat is held in noble silence with periods of group and solo sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and inquiry practice. We will practice primarily outside, yet there is shared lodging in the retreat center, as well as a limited number of camping spots. This center includes 180 acres of private river, meadow, and woodland at an altitude of 8500 feet adjacent to National Forest. The land is set aside as a nature preserve and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bear and beaver. If an outdoor retreat in a wild place appeals to you without the challenges of remote travel, this retreat offers a welcome sanctuary.
We have been following the conservative approach taken by other retreat centers in response to COVID. As conditions change we have been modifying our protocols. This approach may require a covid test within 24 hours of arrival, and a request that you mask if any symptoms arise during your stay. If circumstances change and additional requirements are needed to keep everyone safe, we will be in touch with you directly after you register.
RMERC brings Buddhism and Dharma back into the natural world where they originated, and fosters the clarity and compassion needed to better address the ecological crisis and inextricably related social justice issues.
The retreat fee only covers the basic retreat costs: food, facility, travel for teacher and cook, and other incidental expenses. In the spirit of generosity, Susie and Denise (assisting) offer their teaching freely, and you have the opportunity to offer a support donation at the end of the retreat to them. For more information see Teacher and Staff dana. (provide link to website)