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Meditation Retreat with Santikaro May 3 - 6

  • Portiuncula Center for Prayer 9263 West Saint Francis Road Frankfort, IL, 60423 United States (map)

Equanimity and Balance within the Path of Awakening

Registration is now open for Insight Chicago's Spring retreat with Santikaro.  The retreat will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 9263 West St. Francis Road, Frankfort, IL 60423

Register for the retreat here.

Retreat Description: Maintaining an even keel in rough seas, letting go of bias and reactivity, and cultivating a relaxed engagement with life are aspects of practice gathered under the name of 'equanimity.' Emotional balance and non-reactivity are crucial for deeper meditation practice. They allow us to be with difficult situations and people, as well as our own inner challenges. Tracing the relationship of equanimity with other foundational teachings will help us to find our way of grounding practice in daily realities. Please join us for 4 days of exploring how equanimity weaves through Buddha's Way.
Specific meditation practices for cultivating equanimity will supplement standard mindfulness teachings. This retreat will take place in noble silence and simplicity. There will be ample opportunity for sitting meditation, walking midst the Port's pleasant and forested grounds, personal reflection, and journaling. Talks will explore the themes of the retreat and small groups will meet with Santikaro concerning practice questions.
This retreat provides a quiet, safe space for focused meditation and contemplative practice. A sangha of similarly intentioned friends accompanies and supports each of us. Wholesome vegetarian food is served.

Retreat guided by Santikaro: 
Santikaro has been a devoted student of Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a Thai Theravada master with whom he lived and trained, and translated for, at Suan Mokkh in Southern Thailand. Santikaro’s training continues here in the Midwest, where he is co-founder along with his wife Jo Marie of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He has been teaching in the Chicago area since his return "home" in 2000 and is active teaching around the Midwest and further afield. Life's vicissitudes have given him some acquaintance with cancer, trauma, addictions, deforestation, joy, and other challenges that he explores regularly.  
Meals: There will be three meals a day with the exception of the first and last days, when there will be 2 meals.  All meals will be vegetarian.
First and Last Day Schedule:  Please arrive between 9:00-9:30 am Thursday. We will begin at 10:00 am.  On Sunday, we will end silence and optionally have lunch together at 12:00 before leaving for home anytime between then and 2:00. 
Ride-sharing: If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please contact the retreat manager.
Cost: Costs include room and meals.  The cost per person for the retreat is as follows:
Single: $ 395
Double: $ 360 (as available)
Non-Residential / Commuter: $ 265
Other fee structures or scholarships may be available; please contact the registrar for details.  
Teacher Dana: The teachings are offered freely by Santikaro.  The cost of the retreat covers food and lodging.  Donations (dana) to support Santikaro and his work at Liberation Park will be gratefully accepted.  There will be an opportunity to offer dana at the end of the retreat.
Refunds Attendees can request refunds up to 30 days before the event's start date.
QUESTIONS?  Please contact the retreat registrar.