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New Year's Retreat with Andrew Getz: Exploring Liberation In Present Moment Experience

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

Exploring Liberation In Present Moment Experience

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The term non-attachment is a cornerstone of the The Buddha’s teaching. Yet non-attachment contains subtle implications that can be mistaken to suggest a withdrawal from what is beloved in our lives. This retreat will emphasize the profound power of softening into the present moment revealing the essence of non-attachment as non-reactivity that is inseparable from love and connection.This retreat will explore the role of mindfulness meditation in the development and refinement of this vital link.

Retreat Location: This 4-day retreat will be held at The Cenacle Sisters Conference and Center in Chicago, IL. The Cenacle provides clean and well appointed rooms for sleeping and spacious and peaceful surroundings for both sitting and walking meditation. If weather permits, The Cenacle also features a lovely outside lawn that can be used for walking and reflecting.

Retreat Description: The retreat will begin at 10:30am on December 28th, 2018 and ends around 12:00pm on December 31st, 2018. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence. Participants will practice mindfulness meditation, which involves moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body 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.

Teacher: We are happy to welcome Andrew Getz back to Chicago as our teacher and guide. Andrew has been leading meditation retreats for Insight Chicago since 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 the great meditation master 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. Additionally, he is a long time student of the Diamond Approach. Andrew is a hospice nurse and psychotherapist and 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.

Costs 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 the Cenacle.

Meals: All meals will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options available by request. If you have any dietary restrictions please make a note on your registration form and contact us by sending a message to

Cost: The cost per person for the retreat is as follows:

Single Room: $ 370

Shared Room: $ 290

Non-Residential/Commuter: $ 200

Dana: The 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 enroll, go to the registration page and select a Single Room, Double Room or Non-Residential option and click Order Now. Once you complete and pay for your registration you will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite. A week or two before the retreat you will receive information about Cenacle Sisters and what to expect and bring to the retreat.

Refund Policy: Cancellations before November 29th will receive a full refund. No refunds can be offered after December 12th except for dire emergencies. Scholarships are limited and will pertain to the commuting option only. Please contact registrar for more information.


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