IMCC Spring 2020, 5-Day Residential Retreat
"Trusting the Wisdom of Our Nature"
with Pat Coffey and Kate Lila Wheeler
April 15-19, 2020
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
Nelson County, Virginia
Authentic spiritual practice invites us to see through harshness and separation to a deeper reality. For each of us, internalized patterns have persuaded us for too long that we are not good enough, or that we’re separated out from others, society, the environment and creation. Even though parts of us may sense a deeper, interconnected reality, we find ourselves too often feeling disturbed, embattled, competitive and not belonging.
In this retreat we will practice together to relax on many levels. Rather than contracted, destructive patterns internalized as ‘who we are,’ we can re-learn that our bodies, minds, and hearts are also innately whole and imbued with healing forces. The retreat format offers precious time and group support for letting go and letting be. The natural setting can also evoke feelings of greater harmony, beauty, and unity even within the ups and downs of experience. Teachings and teachers will remind us to meet the pain in ourselves (and each other) with compassionate awareness. Self-doubt, judgement, and unkindness can arise and pass within our opened heart-mind. We are also present for the beautiful qualities of our heart/mind/body like awareness, caring, flow, and creativity. Trusting the wisdom of our nature, we cling less desperately to models of conditioning. We honor ourselves more deeply. We may find that being there is enough; and paradoxically, we may also act with greater courage, sensitivity, selflessness and spontaneity on behalf of ourselves and each other.
This retreat is suitable for both beginning and seasoned practitioners. Instructions will be comprehensive and support by the teachers ever-present. We heartily invite you to explore the possibilities of your transformation.
Pat Coffey Kate Lila Wheeler
Laura DeVault and Liz Reynolds are experienced retreat managers who can answer any questions you have about going on retreat. You may email them at: RetreatManagers@imeditation.org. See also: Retreat Resources.
Registration Fees and Accommodations
Registration fees vary based on when you register and what type of accommodation you select. Prices include all meals, snacks, tea and coffee. Pricing does not include voluntary dana contributions for the teachers.
During the early registration period (through February 15, 2020), fees are discounted, but must be paid in full at the time of registration. Rooms are assigned as full payment is received, not by date of initial registration. Prompt payment increases the likelihood of receiving your room selection. For scholarship recipients, your approved application serves as the balance of payment due; your room will be assigned when your portion is received.
For those camping, Serenity Ridge has a number of gravel tent pads in the woods north of the meditation hall: in the past, tents pitched have remained dry even after successive days of rain. Indoor showers and restrooms are located about fifty yards from the camping area.
If your plans change and you are unable to attend the retreat, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list. Requests for refunds will be considered before February 15, 2020. A $50 fee will be charged for all cancellations; these fees are donated to our scholarship fund. We are unable to offer refunds after February 15, 2020, due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.
Scholarships and Contributions
If you are in need of financial support, please complete the scholarship application form before registering. Shared rooms or campsites are available to those receiving financial assistance.
As you know, expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to an IMCC retreat cannot afford the cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons.
If you would like to make a donation to the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you will have the opportunity to do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request.
Residential Retreat Resources
A collection of information on residential retreats, including a link and map for the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, travel directions, short descriptions on what to expect on retreat, what to bring and other details and advice can be found at IMCC's residential retreat resources page.
Retreat fees cover the cost of room, board, and facility fees. No part of the fee covers payment to the teachers. Teachers are dependent on dana, which are contributions from those attending the retreat. You will have an opportunity to make a dana payment to the teachers at the end of the retreat.
If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager.
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
554 Drumheller Ln
Shipman, VA 22971