Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat - 2014
Insight Meditation and Mindfulness

Date: March 7 - 9, 2014

Where: Rudolf Steiner House at 1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Teachers: Dorothy Ann Coyne, Lisa Zucker and Sandra Villafuerte

Level: All Levels - especially for first-time retreatants, beginners and anyone wanting the basics

Cost: $215 for residential private rooms or $180 for residential shared room (bed linens and towels provided); $145 for commuters. Doubles are full 2.19.14.

Deadline for registration and payment: February 28, 2014

Those commuting must attend all sessions (Friday evening through Sunday
afternoon), except for the early morning sittings.


Flyer (pdf) - Print for personal use and for distribution

This is a beginner's retreat, but all are welcome. Meditation instruction will be provided. The retreat will include guided sittings, walking meditation, Dharma talks, and interviews. This retreat will be held in silence except for interviews and group Q & A sessions. Our venue is small so registration is limited. There are several residential accommodations available but you can commute each day if you prefer.

  Insight Meditation
Insight Meditation (vipassana) is a simple and direct practice: the moment to moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm, focused awareness which allows us to experience sensations, emotions, thoughts and consciousness with greater clarity and balance. This frees our mind from conditioned patterns of self-centeredness, negativity and confusion, and opens our heart to deeper wisdom and compassion. This process of opening compassionately to ourselves moves from the sitting period to the whole of our lives. Each moment is practice for our growth toward wholeness and harmony. The meditations derive from Buddhist traditions but no special religious beliefs are necessary to their practice.
  What Is a Meditation Retreat?
  A meditation retreat is a wonderful opportunity to experience our own inner being while sharing in the support of others. Mindfulness throughout the day will be a focus, with alternating periods of sitting and walking practice. The retreat will be held in silence. Small group instruction and private interviews with the meditation teachers will be offered, and evening talks will be given. This kind of retreat may not be appropriate for all people. If you have concerns about your emotional stability under the pressures of a deeply introspective meditation experience, please discuss your concerns with a Deep Spring teacher prior to registering. If finances are a concern, please let us know. Scholarships are available. Registration fees cover room and board. Teachings are offered on a dana basis.