ONLINE RETREAT – Four Elements Meditation

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Exploring Mindfulness of the Body and the Four Elements

With Shaila Catherine

An At-home Online Retreat

Registration is required. Scroll down to choose a ticket level. Registration will close at 2-3 days prior to the retreat, so don’t wait!

This at-home online weekend retreat will include precise instructions and ample support for exploring the body as composed of the Four Great Elements. These practices are included in the first establishment of mindfulness presented in the Satipatthana Sutta. The four elements meditation practices are a traditional method for examining the body, the nature of matter, and all material experiences.

Please join us as we deepen our practice together through a program of live video conferences with Shaila Catherine. The online meetings will include guided meditations, Dharma talks, question and answer sessions, and small group discussions. More information and a link to join the video conferences will be emailed after registering.

RETREAT SCHEDULE (Times are given in Pacific Time PDT)

5:30 – 7:00 pm – Opening Session – Mindfulness of the Body

8:00 – 8:45 am – Morning Meditation – Meditating on the Body
10:00 am – 12:00 noon –  Morning Session – Discerning Earth and Wind
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Afternoon Session – Discerning Fire and Water

8:00 – 8:45 am – Morning Meditation – The Nature of Matter
10:00 am – 12:00 noon –  Morning Session – The Emptiness of Matter and Wrap Up.

Recommended Reading: Wisdom Wide and Deep, by Shaila Catherine. If you have access to this book, please read the first 18 pages of Chapter 12, Explorations of Matter: Four Elements Meditation to prepare for the weekend program.

Visit our Founding Teacher page for biography and photograph of the teacher, Shaila Catherine.

Questions?: For more information contact meditate

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

Registration: Registration is required for this course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, select an option under the Tickets heading at the bottom of this page. To register for a course, you purchase one ticket, which registers you for the entire course. You only need to register once; you do not need to register separately for each class session.

Course Fee: The non-refundable registration fee is based on a sliding scale of $600 to $190. The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited financial means. If you pay at the mid to high range of the sliding scale, your generosity supports those with limited income to attend our programs, and also supports the teacher. Our teacher relies upon the generosity of students for her livelihood, so we encourage you to choose the highest level that is appropriate for your economic situation. Thank you for your generosity! The ticketing process will give you the option of paying by credit card, Pay Pal, or by mailing a check.

Teacher Dana: Donations to support the teacher are much appreciated. Opportunities to give are listed on our Donate page. The Base Rate and Scholarship Rate do not include Teacher Dana.

Scholarship Assistance: A scholarship rate of $105 is offered for those with very limited financial means. Simply choose the $105 ticket below.

Tax Deductions: The basic registration fee (Base Rate of $190), and the scholarship tickets do not include teacher dana and are not tax deductible. By selecting a ticket level above $190, you will be contributing to teacher dana and the amount above $190 will be considered a voluntary tax deductible Teacher Dana contribution. In January of the following year, the treasurer will mail a letter acknowledging all donations made in the preceding year for your tax records.

Cancellation Policy: All fees and payments are non-refundable. If it becomes necessary to cancel participation in a course, and the registrar is notified prior to the start of the first meeting, your registration fee will be converted into a voucher creditable towards the fee for either a future IMSB or Bodhi-Retreats program. Vouchers must be used within one year of the initial course start date, and may be transferred to only one future course. Cancellations that occur after the start of the first meeting are not eligible for the voucher credit.

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