Deep Spring Center 2018
Spring Vipassana Retreat

Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat

Living with an Open Heart

 
We all experience difficult emotions, confusion, sickness and body pain at any stage of our lives. How can we hold our hearts open through such life experiences?
 
VIPASSANA or “insight meditation” is a practical method of self-awareness that 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 Theravada 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. 
 
The retreat is appropriate for meditators of all levels. Beginner instruction will be a special focus. Experienced students will have separate instruction.
 
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.

 

When: March 9-11, 2018

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

Teachers: Barbara Brodsky, Dorothyann Coyne and Nina Maghsoodi

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

REGISTRATION

Private room: $300
Shared room: $275
Commuter: $245

Deadline for registration and payment:
Monday, February 26, 2018
Private and shared rooms, limited availability.
Limited spaces available for this retreat.

Those commuting must attend all sessions (Friday evening through Sunday
afternoon), except for the early morning sittings.
 
Room, board and meals included…please note below…

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)

Spring Vipassana Basics Retreat Brochure PDF
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Basic Information
  • 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.
Cancellation Policy:
  • 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.

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 (retreatspring@deepspring.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 offer a scholarship, we can delete your registration.

Retreat Teachers

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1989, Barbara Brodsky founded Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry. She is the founder and guiding teacher,

Barbara Brodsky has been practicing meditation since 1960. She has dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions and her teaching reflects this balance. Barbara teaches insight or vipassana meditation and practices derived from the dzogchen (non-dual awareness) traditions to people of all faiths, traveling throughout the world. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

Dorothyann Coyne

Dorothyann 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. 

 

Nina Maghsoodi

Nina came to Deep Spring Center in 2012 to clarify and deepen her meditation practice and nurture her spiritual path. She was drawn by the beauty and clarity of the teachings and the love, wisdom, and compassion of the teachers and community who practiced them. Vipassana and the other heart-centered practices have supported Nina in using the experiences of her life to release suffering, discover the radiance within herself and others, and support her in living in greater alignment with her heart’s intentions. Nina is also on a path to becoming a physician and is excited to explore how medicine and meditation can come together to support greater well-being and freedom. 

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, 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.

What is 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. 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.