IMCC Fall 2020, 4-Day Online Retreat
"Equanimity in These Times"
with Jeffrey Fracher and Caverly Morgan
September 17-20, 2020
Due to an abundance of caution and care for our community, the IMCC Fall Retreat will be held online. While we wish we could gather in person, we look forward to this new experience together. We are being creative with planning the offering, and your presence and energy will help us realize this experience in a way we hadn’t before anticipated.
Equanimity, or Upekkha, is a highly valued quality in Buddhist teachings. It is one of the Four Divine Abodes (along with loving-kindness, compassion and joy), one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, and one of the Ten Paramitas
But what is equanimity? What is it in us that longs for peace, well-being, equanimity, and happiness? How can we access it in our daily life, especially in times of uncertainty, fear and sadness about the suffering in the world?
We are deeply habituated to think of equanimity as a 'state' to be found. Can it be found through striving, or known through a different route? And what is that route?
These questions aren't about finding the right answers, but inviting the inquiry. This retreat, which will include silent periods of sitting and walking, will be focused on direct experience of knowing equanimity in our formal practice, as well as life off the cushion. All are welcome.
Preliminary Retreat Schedule
Jeffrey Fracher Caverly Morgan
What to expect on a virtual retreat?
While we are grateful for the ability the virtual platform of Zoom has made available to us, we understand that it is not ideal to spend long periods of time in front of our devices. We are creating this retreat in such a way that we will avoid extended online sessions. From Thursday evening until Sunday at noon, we will be following a daily schedule of sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided practice, dharma talks, and small “breakout groups,” in which retreatants may choose to discuss their practice and experience with one another.
We recognize that for some of us, following a full retreat schedule in our home may be challenging or out of reach. For retreatants who are not able to participate fully, teachers will highlight points in the schedule like dharma talks and guided practice that may be particularly useful. Whether you are able to devote two hours each day to retreat practice or ten hours each day, we welcome you.
A detailed daily schedule will be forthcoming.
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.
Cost of Attending the Retreat:
We have 3 registration categories available: Sponsored, Suggested, and Supported. If the cost of the retreat remains out of reach, please submit a scholarship application to: email@example.com requesting financial assistance.
Pricing does not include voluntary dana contributions for the teachers. You will have an opportunity to make a dana offering to the teachers at the end of the retreat.
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. A $50 fee will be charged for cancellations prior to August 15, 2020; these fees will be donated to our scholarship fund. We are unable to offer refunds after August 15, 2020.
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.