This five-day residential retreat will explore the practice of Insight Meditation, the direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. As a residential course, this retreat provides a valuable opportunity to deepen the skills of awareness and to cultivate inner freedom. Participants will deepen their understanding and learn to find balance and freedom within the flow of change. The teachers will offer guidance in developing attitude to kindness, relaxation, and inquiry towards oneself, one’s experience, and life in general.
This retreat is open to all levels of experience and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Qi Gong, small group interviews, and question/answer sessions. Participants are required to attend the entire retreat.
DaRa Williams with be co-teaching this retreat, assisted by JoZen Tamori Gibson.
About St. Francis: St. Francis Center for Renewal, founded and staed by the School Sisters of St. Francis, is built on our tradition of ongoing conversion of heart through prayer, reection, liturgical celebration and contemplation. The Center is located on over 50 acres of natural beauty. The grounds, with wide open spaces for walking, are embraced by the gentle ow of Monocacy Creek. (Read More About The Venue).
Cost: TBA, Room & board plus donation to teachers (read more about donations)
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About the Teachers:
Oren Jay Sofer
Oren Jay Sofer teaches workshops and retreats on meditation and communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing for healing of trauma, and is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.
DaRa Williams has practiced Insight Meditation for more than 25 years. She completed the Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC Teacher Training, and serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, and as an Associate Guiding Teacher at IMS. DaRa is a trainer and wellness coach, and has been a clinician and administrator in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a practitioner and trainer of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy.
Jozen Tamori Gibson
Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Zen while living in Japan and Theravada practice in 2010. He works as the Director of Community and Youth Engagement at Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC). Jozen is certified in Mindfulness Facilitation through the Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA, and in 200-Hour Yoga and Wellness with Breathe for Change (RYS). Jozen is a participant in the Insight Meditation Society Dharma Teacher Training program. He shares his path honoring the wisdom of all his teachers, highlighting his mother, Akimi, and his root Dharma teacher, Pamela Weiss.