Retreats & Special Events

RETREATS

Meditation retreats are open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike and offer a chance to experience an extended period of meditation that is so vital to developing a deeper practice. Whether it's a single-day with your local sangha, or a multi-day residential experience in a remote location, retreats support our deepest intentions to be free and offer a chance to hone specific mindfulness meditation skills. 

THE MEANINGFUL LIFE SPRING RETREAT
APRIL 13  - APRIL 17, 2018 (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)
THE WATERSHED CENTER
MILLERTON, NY

 
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“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
~ T.S. Eliot

This special retreat version of George Haas's signature Meaningful Life course takes place at the beautiful Watershed Center in upstate New York. During the retreat, George will guide you through the four foundations of mindfulness, emphasizing radical self-acceptance, calm and clarity. With a stable mind and open heart as a foundation, we will then explore aspects of relational mindfulness: how you connect to others, and how you can be completely yourself in relationships and work; in other words, how to live a meaningful life.  Each morning will include Dharma teachings with meditation instructions, as well as mindful movement. The afternoon will offer an opportunity for longer, uninterrupted practice, and evening sessions will focus on loving-kindness meditation. This retreat is open to beginners and ongoing practitioners, and is encouraged for anyone seeking to deepen their meditation practice and bring greater insight into their daily life. Just two hours north of NYC, the center provides stunning mountain views and healthy, organic meals. 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Please get in touch at retreats@mettagroup.org or call 213-378-0489 to find out more.

Please note the previously announced 5 and 9 night retreat versions are no longer available.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

MONDAY, MARCH 12
YARDLEY, PENNSYLVANIA
Teaching & Discussion w/ George Haas


Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County 
65 North Main St. 
Yardley, PA

7 pm - 9 pm

Monday night service consists of selected reading from the service booklet compiled by the sangha's members, followed by a 20 minute meditation period and a 25 minute optional walking meditation. Service closes with selected reading from the service booklet following by tea, snacks and a discussion period with George in the social hall. All are welcome! 

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11
EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Meaningful Life Daylong Retreat

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley 

Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242
Easthampton, MA

9:30am - 4:30 pm

This daylong looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, without wanting to change anything. We will be using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – in other words, how to live a meaningful life.

Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13
NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday Night Sit:
Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process

New York Insight Meditation Center

28 West 27th St., 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
7 pm - 9 pm

The techniques and strategies covered in this class are specifically designed to support healing for people dealing with addiction and addiction-related issues. As evidenced by George Haas's own personal path, mindfulness meditation-based skills training can offer a truly effective behavioral change. Combining traditional meditation approaches, the relapse pattern theories from the work of G. Alan Marlatt Phd., and John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, George offers a simple, easy-to-learn, and very pragmatic approach.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15.

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SATURDAY, MAY 19
SANTA CRUZ

The Meaningful Life Daylong Retreat

Insight Santa Cruz

740 Front Street, Suite 240
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
9 am - 5 pm

This daylong looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, without wanting to change anything. We will be using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – in other words, how to live a meaningful life.

No registration fee - the teaching is offered for dana.

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