A Three-Day Online Retreat for FCM Members & Non-Members
Friday, August 28, 7:00 PM through Sunday, August 30, 4:00 PM
The Buddha’s teachings tell us that our belief in self as a permanent, solid entity inhabiting a world with other solid selves is a mistaken view of the nature of self. Moreover, our identification with this fictional entity and our concern with protecting and satisfying it is the major source of our dissatisfaction, confusion and affliction. By removing self from the equation, we can cease experiencing our life through the distorting filter of self-absorption and live with greater ease, openness and happiness.
In this retreat, led by Diane Powell and Bryan Hindert, we will use experiential exercises, reflections and guided meditations to explore and understand how our mind makes everything about “me,” how this contributes to our dissatisfaction and emotional reactivity, and the transformative power of depersonalizing our experience.
This retreat is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including both those new to Buddhist practice and longer-term practitioners who wish to re-visit the Buddha’s teachings on the role of self. It is open to both members and non-members of FCM.
We will begin on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday, August 30 at 4:00 pm. For those that register, we will be sending a retreat schedule to follow and practice guidelines to help you create conditions in your home to support your retreat. The retreat will include 3-4 Practice Sessions for meditation daily, Dharma talks and instruction, and group sharing, along with "off line" time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, personal practice, and time to take care of essential household tasks and responsibilities. We will also be sending your Zoom instructions prior to the retreat.
The retreat registration fee is $50. A number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.
Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered will be considered for acceptance into the retreat. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat within a few days of the closing of registration.
The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat including daily schedules, Zoom instructions and suggestions to help prepare you for a meaningful retreat experience from your home. For more information, contact Diane at email@example.com.
Registration will close on August 7
Diane Powell became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Key West in 1997. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she leads intensives, workshops and classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, serves as a mentor to new members, and presents regularly at FCM sanghas. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, where her work focused on research, training, program development and policy analysis in early childhood development and family support.
Bryan Hindert has been following the Buddhist path since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the Florida Community of Mindfulness. This path has helped Bryan to transform his life in profound ways and continues to be a source of guidance, support, and joy in all of his endeavors. In addition to helping to develop and lead Wake Up Tampa Bay, a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s and 30s, Bryan has served by teaching classes and presenting on mindfulness and on Buddhism, leading intensive practice periods, and serving as the Assistant to the Teacher.