An Online Weekend Retreat
Friday, December 11, 7:00 pm through Sunday, December 13, noon
In our modern society, there are endless ways to keep ourselves distracted from being in touch with the simple experience of being alive. From the moment we wake up until we go to bed, we can keep our minds occupied, consuming all sorts of media and communications. When we are not busy distracting ourselves in this manner, we can spend much of our time and energy trying to control and manipulate our external conditions in a way that we think will bring us happiness now or in the future. One could easily get the impression that experiencing life ‘just as it is’ is something that we seek to avoid at all costs.
In contrast, the Buddhist teaching points out that in order to find true happiness and well-being, we must fully embrace and become present to the simple experience of being alive. Of course, through years of constant activity and distraction, many of us have forgotten how to be present to our life in a nourishing way. Fortunately, the foundational teachings of our Buddhist practice have been centered on helping people learn to touch their present moment-to-moment experience deeply. As Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, we need to learn how to dwell happily in the present moment.
In this retreat, Bryan will give teachings and lead the group in various mindfulness practices and meditations aimed at helping participants cultivate the ability to be present to life. Through touching this present moment through our senses, participants will experience the ease and wellbeing that is always available to us.
The retreat will begin Friday evening, December 11 and end Sunday at noon, December 13. It will consist of a Friday evening session (7 pm to 9 pm), an all-day Saturday session (7 am to 9 pm), and a Sunday session (7 am to noon). The retreat will be conducted entirely on Zoom.
This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members. Offered as a Mindful Living Path Retreat, it is appropriate for both those new to practice, as well as those more experienced who want to strengthen their understanding of the foundational teachings and practices and renew and energize their practice at all levels. For more information on FCM’s Three Paths of Practice click here.
The retreat registration fee is $40. 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.
The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to 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 Bryan at email@example.com.
Bryan Hindert will be leading this retreat. Bryan 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.