Dedication Retreat: 5 Days in Shared Silence ONLINE
Wednesday, March 24 thru Sunday, March 28, 2021
with Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher

For mindfulness practitioners who have experience with group retreats, it can be valuable, powerful and challenging to undertake the practice of self-directed silence. Extended silent practice can provide a level of direct knowing, and seeing clearly, beyond spoken guidance and teacher messaging that may have been very helpful in earlier retreats. In this retreat, we will dedicate time and space for silent practice together as a group, while each committing to independence of practice for ourselves.

The set-up of this retreat grants you the freedom to structure your own practice and asks for your responsibility in following through to support the group. The teachers will be in contact with you well ahead of the retreat to offer guidance in how to plan and schedule your retreat practice. Prior to the beginning of the retreat, you will then lay out a practice schedule for yourself within the designated practice times each day. You will consider and identify modes of mindfulness practice best suited to your needs and learning desires. You will be encouraged to structure the right balance of self-care, challenge and sustainability in your practice schedule. Your fellow retreat participants will do the same.

When the retreat begins, the group will gather and commit themselves to daily practice together, to provide the kind of encouragement and presence it’s possible to draw on with and from each other. Each will practice mindfulness in the way best suited to their needs. We will practice in this way, together. You will be encouraged to maintain a continuity of silence and awareness before and after the scheduled group practice periods each day; in other words, continuously over the time of this retreat.

This retreat will be held in silence. Spoken guidance from teachers will be kept to a practical minimum, to support your own good knowing of what’s here, what’s true, what’s needed and what matters most for you. A teacher will be present for all of the designated group practice schedule. Twice during the retreat, talks will be offered to inspire your exploration in awareness and presence. You will be asked to check in at least once during the retreat with a teacher.

This retreat will convene for each full day of practice using the Zoom™ video conference platform. Your presence and commitment will be felt in the group by maintaining your Zoom connection throughout.

Before the retreat, you will be asked to write about your previous practice experience and goals for your time on retreat. This is to help us get to know your practice a bit, and support you in your time on retreat.

During this retreat you will:

  • Undertake silent practice for an extended period from the space of your own home
  • Abide inside your life in a continuous and sustaining way
  • Strengthen independence, resolve and creativity in your daily practice
  • Give and receive support in silent group practice with meditators from various areas of the world
  • Hear teachings about the essence of being human

At the end of this retreat you will:

  • Recognize the effect of a longer period of sustained practice on your being
  • Draw from the experience of practicing awareness and silence in your home setting
  • Apply insights you can take into your everyday life
  • Have what you need to make the practice of independent silent retreat your own

The Dedication Retreat is open to mindfulness practitioners, students and teachers who have completed at least one previous multi-day silent retreat with a group.

Note: Participating in this 5-day retreat satisfies the requirement of attending a minimum 3-day, silent, teacher-led retreat before entering the East Coast Mindfulness MBSR Teacher Training Pathway OR attending a 5-day silent, teacher-led retreat prior to engaging in Mentorship Cycle Three.

This retreat is led by Rebecca Eldridge and Margaret Fletcher.

Required Technology and Preparation:

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone, and video capability: no phones, iPads or other tablets, please
  • Current version of Zoom installed
  • A place for practice that allows for being undisturbed

To support this time of group practice, please arrange to participate for the entire weekend (note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time):

Dates Times
Wednesday,
March 24
6:00PM-8:30PM
Thursday,
March 25
8:00AM-8:00PM
Friday,
March 26
8:00AM-8:00PM
Saturday,
March 27
8:00AM-8:00PM
Sunday,
March 28
8:00AM-2:00PM


Click here to see a sample schedule for the weekend (note that the schedule is subject to slight changes).

Click here to see more information about preparing, and so on.

We have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover business costs, and to ensure adequate compensation for the instructor, please use your own wisdom to determine the level that applies to your personal situation.

TIER 1 (Supporting Others): $850

TIER 2 (Our Cost): $750

TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $675

If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

From the pulldown menu, please select the level of payment that applies to your situation, and complete your registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

You do not need a PayPal account in order to use your credit card to make your payment (you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

You will be asked to provide your phone number during the payment process—this is so that we can contact you should there be any changes to the course schedule, etc.

Choose the payment level that applies to you:

Once you have paid, your slot is reserved. A few weeks prior to the retreat we will ask you to complete a brief intake form, to learn about your ongoing practice and intentions in taking this retreat.

  • Schedule

    To support this time of group practice, please arrange to participate for the entire weekend (note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time):

    Dates Times
    Wednesday,
    March 24
    6:00PM-8:30PM
    Thursday,
    March 25
    8:00AM-8:00PM
    Friday,
    March 26
    8:00AM-8:00PM
    Saturday,
    March 27
    8:00AM-8:00PM
    Sunday,
    March 28
    8:00AM-2:00PM


    Click here to see a sample schedule for the weekend (note that the schedule is subject to slight changes).

    Click here to see more information about preparing, and so on.

  • Cost

    We have created a sliding scale to accommodate more people. Generosity policy applies—to cover business costs, and to ensure adequate compensation for the instructor, please use your own wisdom to determine the level that applies to your personal situation.

    TIER 1 (Supporting Others): $850

    TIER 2 (Our Cost): $750

    TIER 3 (Subsidized Rate): $675

    If Tier 3 is still financially prohibitive for you, please email us so we can find a way for you to participate.

  • Register

    From the pulldown menu, please select the level of payment that applies to your situation, and complete your registration using either a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

    You do not need a PayPal account in order to use your credit card to make your payment (you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

    You will be asked to provide your phone number during the payment process—this is so that we can contact you should there be any changes to the course schedule, etc.

    Choose the payment level that applies to you:

    Once you have paid, your slot is reserved. A few weeks prior to the retreat we will ask you to complete a brief intake form, to learn about your ongoing practice and intentions in taking this retreat.

REFUND POLICY:
You may receive a full refund if you notify us via email (info@eastcoastmindfulness.com) by Monday, March 22. No refunds will be granted thereafter.

Questions? Please email us at info@eastcoastmindfulness.com


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