FALL WEEKEND SILENT RETREAT: TENDING AND BEFRIENDING—CULTIVATING SELF-KINDNESS

September 3-5, 2021, Online

Teachers: Stan Eisenstein and Luisa Montero-Diaz

Affiliated with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW)

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One of the most pervasive challenges human beings face is the inner critic, that part of the psyche that blames and judges ourselves and others. Most of the time the critical voice remains unexamined, so it continues to run in the background, coloring all of our experience and causing suffering. When we bring the critic into conscious awareness and practice holding it and ourselves in kindness, we can start to gain insight into, and freedom from its dictates. This practice is valuable for meditators at any level of experience. 

In this retreat, we will explore practices that cultivate self-kindness, focusing on bringing kindness to the experience of the inner critic. We will do this through dharma talks, guided meditations, exercises, and group meetings with the teachers. 

The retreat starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 3 and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 5.

Retreat Fee: $50 (plus optional donation to teacher and managers at the end of the retreat).

Registration opens May 6.