January Weekend Retreat

Scattering Joy

In the Insight Tradition
lead by Marcia F. Curtis

Friday, Jan 31 to Sunday, Feb 2, 2020

Portiuncula Prayer Center
9263 W Saint Francis Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423

Appropriate for all levels of meditation experience.

About the Retreat

Insight (vipassana) meditation is a form of Buddhist meditation in the Theravadan tradition, which is the tradition of Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. It is a form of mindfulness meditation. The meditator focuses on some aspect of the mind-body process such as the breath, and learns to quiet the mind by observing what is. As the mind becomes more quiet, the heart is given the space to open.

Marcia Curtis is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served as a chaplain with people with AIDS, people experiencing homelessness, and with people with mental illness. She has been practicing meditation in the Theravadan tradition for 32 years, and teaching since 1996. She has done more than 50 retreats, including two three-month silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.

This retreat is being given on a dana basis. Dana means “generosity” in Pali, the language the Buddha’s teachings were first written down in. Traditionally, there is no charge for sharing the Buddha’s teaching. The fee covers only direct expenses for room and board for the participant, and a share of overhead expenses such as the teacher’s room and board. The teacher receives no payment for the teaching itself. Making a donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat is both a part of the tradition and a way to practice the spiritual discipline of generosity.

Practitioners will arrive Friday evening for check in and introductions, practice will continue through Sunday at check out.

Single room $252

Shared room $228

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