Liberating the Mind and Heart – A Retreat Developing Compassion and Joy – near Pescadero, CA – with Shaila Catherine

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Liberating Mind and Heart: A weeklong retreat on Cultivating Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

with Shaila Catherine

Monday, September 17, 2018 – Sunday September 23, 2018.
Partial attendance can be arranged for the first 3 or 4 nights.

DON’T WAIT! Registration closes August 31. 

LOVING KINDNESS is a profound quality of friendliness toward all of life. Compassion is a deep commitment to non-harming. Joy highlights the blessings. Equanimity sees the truth with a balanced mind. This ancient practice called Brahma Vihara practice cultivates a heartful wish that all beings be well. It uproots tendencies toward ill will, harming, competitive discontent, and craving. It is a practice of happiness that heals the heart, meets the pains of life with sensitivity, and strengthens the inner serenity that is essential for concentration. The Brahma Viharas can lead to the absorption states of jhana, and to what the ancient Buddhist texts describe as a vast, exhaulted, and “immeasurable liberation of the mind.”

This retreat will include instruction, guided meditations, and teachings on cultivating these qualities of friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. There will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, question and answer sessions, self-scheduled practice periods, and teacher consultations.

This retreat will be held at Redwood Glen, a lovely retreat center nestled in a redwood forest between La Honda and Pescadero. It’s about a 15-minutes drive from Pescadero State Beach, and about a 1-hour drive from either the San Francisco Airport or the San Jose airport.

The retreat begins with registration at 2:00 pm on September 17; it ends at 11:30 am on September 23. Participants who are traveling from afar might need to check flight times carefully, and if necessary arrange to stay in a hotel the night before the retreat. Early-arrival accommodations are not available at the retreat center.

Register early! Space is limited.
TO REGISTER: Download and complete the RG-Metta-2018 registration and waiver forms, enclose a non-refundable deposit of $250 (payable to Bodhi-Retreats), and return via email and/or postal mail to:

Katrina Bergbauer
225 Second Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030


The retreat facility is somewhat handicapped accessible. Accommodations include comfortable hotel-style rooms with attached baths, and a few dorm-style cabins. See the application form for accommodation details.

COST: 6 nights including accommodation and meals

  • Double occupancy sliding scale: $1400 – $800
  • Single occupancy sliding scale: $2000 – $1500

Selecting an amount above the middle of each sliding scale range will support the retreat and enable those who need to select a lower rate to attend the retreat. Selecting an amount below the middle of the sliding scale offers participants the possibility of self-selecting a supported scholarship rate.

Inquire with the registrar if you need additional scholarship support to attend.

PARTIAL ATTENDANCE: Partial retreat attendance can be arranged for a stay of  3 or 4 nights, but must begin on the first day of the retreat, September 17. See registration form for rates and contact the registrar for details. Either single or double accommodations are available for partial attendees.

DANA: Compensation for the teacher is not included in the registration price. There will be an opportunity to offer donations to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

Co-Sponsored by Bodhi-Retreats and Insight Meditation South Bay

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