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Our first residential retreat! February 8 - 10, with Arinna Weisman and Ian Challis (RETREAT NOW FULL)
At Dhamma Dena retreat center in the High Desert.
Join together with your spiritual community of friends at Dhamma Dena, located in the heart of the high desert just north of Joshua Tree. All members of Insight Community of the Desert’s sangha are warmly encouraged to participate in this weekend of deepening practice. The experience is sure to feel grounding, energizing, centering, and memorable!
Dhamma Dena’s inspirational setting offers a peaceful framework to support our growing practice as individuals and community. This silent weekend will offer all participants the invitation to unplug and reconnect with our lives and ourselves through the healing practices of insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta).
This retreat is open to beginning and experienced meditators. Guidance and support will be offered through daily instructions, Dhamma talks, and Q&A.
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Saturday, March 2, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Buddhism encourages a process of developing greater presence for both the pleasant and unpleasant experiences that are part of any human life. This process can be complicated when a person has a history of trauma. Whether connected to early childhood, an event in adulthood or to social oppression, trauma impacts our self regulatory capacities, our self image and our relational capacities. People with a history of trauma will have extra challenges that require additional tools and a different framework for how to think about what it means to be present and responsive.
In this very gentle and permissive daylong we explore some ways of working to create more capacity for presence (and the agency to decide when and how to be present)The day will include lectures to help contextualize buddhist mindfulness within the experience of trauma, self regulatory strategies, and compassion oriented practices. Each practitioner is encouraged to self select their level of participation throughout the day as part of their self regulatory practice.
This is not a trauma resolution workshop so there is no specific intention to work with traumatic events themselves.
Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Peer Led silent sit:
Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Intro to meditation:
First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm
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Intro to meditation: First Sunday of the month at 3:00pm
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Insight Community of the Desert
Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Building C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262