Registration for Retreat 2 Only: Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions (do not register here if you will be signing up for the full series*)
Our thoughts and emotions serve vital functions in our lives and they have the potential to enrich us and contribute to our well-being and happiness. Yet, all to often, our lack of understanding of the nature of our thoughts and emotions and the manner we relate to them become primary sources of our suffering. Through mindfulness we can learn to recognize, experience and investigate the thoughts and emotions that arise in our mind without becoming entangled in reactivity. This is the path leading to a mind of ease, clarity and equanimity.
Through the teachings, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group discussions of this retreat we will develop new ways of understanding our thoughts and emotions, based in experience and reality, and learn practices for relating to them in new and healthier ways.
The retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and is appropriate for those who are newer to meditation and to the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The retreat will also be beneficial for experienced practitioners who wish to renew their understanding and practice of these fundamental teachings. The retreat will consist of a Friday evening session (7 to 9 pm) and an all day Saturday session (9 am to 4 pm). Remote (via zoom) participation is available for FCM members who are not able to participate in person (please email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org if needing this option).
This retreat will be led by Angie Parrish, who has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including developing many employee training programs. In addition to serving as Executive Director of FCM, Angie is a qualified teacher of MBSR and is a frequent teacher of classes and other programs at the Tampa Center.
* This retreat is part of a series of three non-residential weekend retreats on the Entering the Path to Wellbeing: Practicing and Living the Foundations of Mindfulness. The Foundations of Mindfulness teachings will draw upon both the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s teachings on a clear and direct path to emotional wellbeing, and the Buddha’s teachings on living in the world with love and kindness. These teachings are a roadmap for modern practitioners to fully develop the power of mindfulness and awaken the mind’s potential for happiness. While it is not required to attend all three retreats, it will be most beneficial to attend the entire retreat series and a discounted registration cost is available by signing up for the full series (click here to sign up for the series instead of this individual retreat).
Safety Information and Release
We care deeply about your well being and want to ensure you are able to fully participate in this Event and maximize this opportunity to enrich your practice. We want to ensure you are aware and understand that this Event may include activities that may impose a risk to you, which include, but are not limited, to the following:
Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.
- Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
- Outdoor walking or other activities
- Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
Please understand that by registering for this Event, you are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the potential risks involved from participating in these activities. You also release FCM and its representatives from all actions, claims or demands that you, your assignees, heirs and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damages resulting from your participation in this Event.
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