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Upcoming Retreats

Our calendar lists upcoming retreats of FCM in Tampa and other locations. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's retreats can also be found in our Programs section.


    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119
    • 26
    Register

    Please join us for a Half Day Retreat on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119.


    This half day of silence will include a Dharma talk by an FCM Senior Student, Bill MacMillen, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available.


    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Half Day Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer at the Half Day Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Half Day Retreats. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Half Day Retreat if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space. Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.


    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt,  fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


    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:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    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.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
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    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Kevin Conlin, kevinconlin@gmail.com



    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:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    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.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
    .

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 58
    Register

    Registration for Retreat 3 Only: Lovingkindness Practices (do not register here if you will be signing up for the full series*)


    Metta, or lovingkindness, is one of the Four Immeasurables, the four aspects of love taught by the Buddha. It is the natural capacity of our heart-mind that views all beings as our friends and naturally seeks their well-being and happiness. Developing this capacity in ourselves brings a strong sense of inter-connection with all life and shows us how to live less egotistically and more harmoniously with others, and creates the basis for happiness and well-being for ourselves. It is an incredibly powerful energy to guide and motivate our lives.


    This retreat will focus on the specific teachings and practices in our tradition that help us cultivate this peerless mind of love. These teachings and practices will be presented with clarity and concreteness through Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues so that they can become on-going life practices each participant can embrace.


    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. 


    This retreat will be led by Darlene Stewart, LMHC, who retired as Vice President of Clinical Services for Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she worked for 16 years supervising clinical trauma services to child victims and families of abuse and neglect. Before that, Darlene worked as Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Counselor providing direct services to clients in outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida, working with children & families, alcohol/drug treatment and general mental health issues. Darlene has practiced mindfulness in her daily life and at work since 1997.  


    * 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:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    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.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
    .

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