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ICMC New Years Retreat with Andrew Getz

  • Cenacle Sisters Retreat Center 513 West Fullerton Parkway Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)

Exploring Wise Intention

Registration is now open for Insight Chicago’s New Years retreat. The retreat will be held at The Cenacle Sisters Retreat Center in Chicago, IL., 513 W Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614.


In the Jewish tradition, the word “Kavanah” or intention is said to be essential if prayer is to be truly “in service of the heart.” In the eight-fold path of the Buddha, wise intention is the second aspect of the path inclining to “the sure heart’s release.” This retreat will explore the role of mindfulness meditation in the development and refinement of this vital link between our understanding and our lived experience of the path.

Retreat Location: This year Insight Chicago is hosting its annual New Year’s Retreat at The Cenacle Sisters Retreat Center in Chicago, IL. The Cenacle has ample accommodations to meet ICMC’s needs as well as spacious and peaceful surroundings, inside and outside on their lovely grounds for sitting, walking and reflecting.

Retreat Description: The retreat will begin at 10:00am on December 28th, 2017, and end at 12:00pm on January 31st, 2017. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence. Participants will practice mindfulness meditation, which involves moment-to-moment observation of the body/mind process through calm and focused awareness. We shall use the Buddha’s principle instruction on meditation: the teaching on the four foundations of mindfulness, as our guide. This retreat is suitable for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. The teacher will provide instruction and discussion, dharma talks, and group meetings throughout the retreat.

Andrew Getz: We are happy to welcome Andrew Getz back to Chicago. Andrew has been leading meditation retreats for Insight Chicago since IC first began offering retreats in 2004. Andrew lives in California and has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 30 years, including four years as an ordained monk in Thailand and Burma. He studied under U Pandita of the Mahasi Meditation Center in Burma, and spent a period of time in the monasteries of Ajahn Buddhadasa of Thailand. He has taught at Spirit Rock and The Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA and has also taught the New Year’s meditation retreats at Insight Chicago for many years. He is a long-time student of the Diamond Approach. Professionally, Andrew is a hospice nurse and psychotherapist who was trained as a mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has worked extensively teaching mindfulness in healthcare community settings and with incarcerated teens. We are fortunate to have him return again to Chicago this year.

Cost: Fees include three meals a day (with the exception of the first day, 2 meals and the last day, 1 meal) and all boarding expenses pertaining to your stay at Cenacle Sisters. All meals will be standard vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options available by request. If you have any dietary restrictions please make a note on your registration form.

The cost per person for the retreat is as follows:

Single: $ 380

Double: $ 280

Non-Residential / Commuter: $ 195

DanaThe teachings are offered freely by Andrew, as the cost of the retreat merely pays for our food and lodging. There will be an opportunity to make a donation (dana) to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

Registration: Space is limited so early registration is highly recommended. Confirmation will be made on a first come basis. If registration becomes full, there will be a waiting list for those who are still interested in attending. To register, go to the registration page, select a Single Room, Double Room or Non-Residential option, click Order Now for credit cards or and fill out the registration information. You should receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite after you register. A week before the retreat you will receive information about Cenacle Sisters and what to expect and bring to the retreat.

Register Here

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations before November 28th will receive a full refund. No refunds after this date except for legit emergencies. Scholarships are limited and will pertain to the commuting option only.


Thu, Dec 28, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 12:00 PM CST


Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center

513 West Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614


Refunds up to 30 days before event