With Shastri Holly Gayley
July 6 - 14, 2013
Embodiment Weekthun – A retreat for beginners and regular meditators alike.
Retreat is a potent way to deepen in the practice of meditation. In our week of group retreat (weekthun), our meditation practice will draw upon classic instructions in calm abiding (shamatha) and the theme of embodiment from Shambhala meditation. To support this, the retreat will include daily guided meditation, contemplative movement, and walking meditation in nature.
The program for this year’s retreat will include meditation instruction and 8-10 hours of daily meditation practice. Meals will be vegetarian and eaten in silence in the shrine room, oryoki style. The retreat will also include talks, experiential exercises, camp chores and meditation instruction with senior students. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved with the program through sharing the chores in the camp-style environment.
Arrival and Departure: Please plan to arrive after 3 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, July 6 to allow yourself time to set up your tent and get settled before dinner at 6:00 and the orientation talk at 7:30 pm.
What to Bring: tent, foamy, pillow, towel, toiletries, insect repellent, flashlight, water bottle and seriously warm clothes, lap robe (to keep you warm while sitting), blankets and rain gear in case the weather turns rainy and cold. Slip-on shoes for going in and out of the shrine room are useful and some people like to have a tarp to cover their tent and camp chair. If you have meditation cushions please bring them. Save some slightly nicer clothes for the feast celebration on the last night : )
About the Teacher
Shastri Holly Gayley has been practicing meditation since 1991 and is a shastri (senior teacher) in the Shambhala tradition. She lives in the mountains of Colorado and teaches courses on Buddhism at the University of Colorado, Boulder.