Deep Spring Center 2017 Spring Vipassana Retreat
Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat
Meditation Matters in Uncertain Times
(and every moment of our lives brings uncertainty)
Finding the Still Space within…..
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.
Arrival is 5:00-6:00 Friday.
Dinner is 6:00 Friday.
Each evening session ends around 9:00 PM.
Early bird sitting Saturday and Sunday is 7:00 am and breakfast follows.
First sitting after breakfast 9:00 am, commuters who have not yet arrived are asked to be settled in by 8:45 am.
All meals provided through Sunday lunch. Retreat ends after Sunday lunch.
Parking is in the lot behind the building, first come, first serve. Otherwise on the local streets.
Bring whatever blankets, cushions, ottoman, help support your practice.
Chairs and some zafus/zabutons provided.
No need to bring food and you will not be asked to cook but to bus your own dishes to the kitchen.
Limited number of scholarships are available; inquire if you need financial assistance.
All details are kept in confidence. Register first, choosing a shared room or commuter, choosing the pay by check, then drop an email to the registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell them the details (retreat, name and ask about a scholarship). If we can offer a scholarship, the amount due will be re-adjusted and you will be told how much is due.
You can mail in a check for that amount. If we cannot offer you financial assistance, we can probably work out a payment schedule so you can pay over time. If for some reason we cannot off a scholarship, we can delete your registration.
When: March 10-12, 2017
Where: Rudolf Steiner House
1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Teachers: Dorothyann Coyne and Dan Muir
Level: All Levels – especially for first-time retreatants, beginners and anyone wanting the basics
FULL! Private room: $300
Waiting list is available
Shared room: $250
Deadline for registration and payment:
March 3, 2017
Private and shared rooms, limited availability.
Limited spaces available for this retreat.
afternoon), except for the early morning sittings.
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. (There will be a basket complete with envelopes/note paper to received dana offerings at the retreat)
For sharing and distribution.
- All cancellation requests received one month before the first day of the retreat will receive a full refund of fees paid minus a $25 processing fee.
- For illness and emergency cancellations less than 30 days before the first day of the retreat will receive a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee.
- For non-emergency cancellations less than 30 days before the first day of the retreat, a 50% refund will be given if there is no waiting list. If there is a waiting list then a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee, will be given.
Dorothyann Coyne has been a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation since 1971. Mother of four and grandmother of five, she is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and a senior teacher of meditation for Deep Spring Center. Dottie and her husband Bernie have been offering their home, “Sunnyside,” in Brooklyn, Michigan for workshops and retreats since the 1980s.
Dan Muir found his spiritual home at Deep Spring Center shortly after moving back to Michigan in 1999. He has been teaching since 2006, trying to convey the peace, joy, and deep wisdom he has found through honest intention, an effort at clean living, and daily meditation. When he isn’t teaching the Dharma, Dan is a nurse anesthetist who shares a farm near Lansing with horses and alpaca.
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, free of conversational talking.
A typical day at retreat includes instruction for beginning and advanced meditators, numerous perious of sitting and walking meditation, optional small group meetings or private interviews with the teachers, optional group instruction or discussion with Aaron each afternoon, optional yogo, a rest or personal periods, and an evening dharma talk.
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.
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. Along with vipassana, we will work with the practices of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, and with Pure Awareness meditation.
There will be separate instruction periods to meet the needs of students with different levels of meditation experience.