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Reflective Meditation: A Refuge for Creativity and Mentorship

Friday, September 6, 2019 – Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Taos, New Mexico – Columbine Inn and Conference Center

Reflective Meditation: A Refuge for Creativity and Mentorship
Friday, September 6, 2019 – Wednesday, September 11, 2019
With Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer
US, Taos New Mexico – Columbine Inn

Retreat Managers:
Registration – Susan McIntosh
Onsite – TBD

During this five-night, six-day residential retreat, we will teach an open meditation practice that is followed by reflection and journaling. We welcome continuing students, mentees who want to offer this orientation to their communities, as well as, meditators who are new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation, enabling you to be more responsive and present in your life.

Some details:

We offer a schedule that includes several meditation sittings sessions per day, dharma talks, small group reflection, individual sessions if desired, and free time.

The retreats are held in silence, and you can bring reading materials, as well as equipment for your daily exercise routine.  There will be time for independent creative projects, and mentees will meet for training with Linda and Nelly during this time.

Three meals per day – vegetarian, and a lighter meal at dinner.  We will cater our meals so we can accommodate food allergies and some food preferences.

If you have not been on a retreat with us before, we encourage you to reach out and speak with one of the teachers so you can better acquaint yourself with our philosophy.

Our orientation to meditation seems to help develop some of these aspects and qualities:

  • An independent, flexible meditation practice that can be done anywhere, anytime.
  • Relief from reactivity by being able to tolerate and appreciate the range and complexity of difficult mental and physical states.
  • The cultivation of a self-honest and safe inner environment where you can learn to meet whatever your mind comes up with.
  • Peaceful, relaxed and stress-free states of mind which allow you to rest, take ease, and be less impulsive.
  • The development of qualities such as awareness, kindness, patience, curiosity, friendliness and generosity.
  • By articulating and describing your meditation sittings, you can learn to discern many experiences which are not often languaged in meditation or life.
  • Becoming aware of your patterns and habits in meditation can facilitate personal insights into your behavior and relationships.

For retreats and larger workshops we have established our registration fees and dana as a range, rather than setting one amount to cover expenses with a request for an additional donation for the teachings. The low end of the range covers only out-of-pocket expenses for the retreat center and teachers. Payment at the higher ranges support the teaching and living expenses for Linda Modaro, honorariums for co-teachers, and students experiencing financial challenges. We do not want to turn anyone away for lack of financial resources. Those who cannot afford the lowest range should talk to Linda; we will try to find a way to work it out.

Deposit due: $200 by April 30, 2019
No cancellations after this date unless emergency: August 1, 2019
Final payment due: August 30, 2019

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Fees and Dana Range: $870-2370