Retreat at the Trappist Abbey – March 12-14, 2010//////Theme: Listening to the Sound of Silence
Join a small group of practitioners at the Trappist Abbey for a weekend retreat. Together we will enter the stream of silence with only a few short dharma talks and reflections. There will be long opportunities for both sitting and walking meditation. Each participant will have his/her own private room and together we will enjoy vegetarian meals in silence. The schedule will intertwine with the monastery schedule and one interview will be available upon request.
Retreat will be lead by Jerry Braza, Ph.D. who recently retired as a professor of Health at Western Oregon University after nearly 40 years in higher education. His background and graduate studies include work in the areas of health and psychology. Jerry is the author of Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness. He is a Buddhist Dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh and offers retreats and days of mindfulness.
And Denise Ségor, Ph.D., whose work and passion are in the area of cross-cultural sensitivity and effectiveness. She has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh for over ten years and was ordained as a lay member of the Order of Interbeing in 2005. She practices with a Portland sangha and leads silent days of mindfulness at the Trappist Abbey.
Cost: $100.00 / weekend (suggested donation for Abbey) which includes room and board. Dana gratefully accepted but not required for the teachings. We are limited to only 10 people and
registration is due by Monday, March 1.
Send name, address, email address, and phone number, together with deposit of $50.00 (checks made payable to “Trappist Abbey”) by March 1 to: Jerry Braza, 3447 Hidden Valley Dr., NW, Salem, OR 97304.
For those able to come early, the retreat will begin on Friday with the Day of Mindfulness at 8:30 a.m. in the Founder’s Room. Rooms will not be available until after 2:00 p.m. A final check-in regarding registration will be between 4:30-5:00 p.m. followed by orientation in Bethany House at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The retreat will end on Sunday with lunch at 1:00 p.m. Days will begin with mediation at 6:00 a.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. with ample time for reflection and personal time during the day. An orientation will be provided on Friday evening, one short dharma talk on Saturday morning, and conclude with a group sharing before lunch on Sunday as we slowly re-integrate into our busy lives.
The Abbey is located midway between Salem and Portland. Directions are available on line and on the Trappist Abbey web page: http://www.trappistabbey.org/
Silence is something that comes from our own hearts, and not from someone outside. If we are truly silent, then no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can enjoy the silence. Silence does not only mean not talking and not doing loud things. Silence means that we’re not disturbed inside, there’s no talking inside.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
For further information and to register, contact: