Urban Retreat: Living a Wise, Kind and Joyful Life

with Jude Robison & Marilia Marien

July 29th—August 4th

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  • $140 Program Price
  • $170 Patron price
  • $25 or you can pay what you can afford.

We might think of retreat as an opportunity to “get away from it all.” By bringing our retreat practice into the urban environment where we live, we invite “it all” to be the working basis of our practice. The qualities we seek in retreat are with us wherever we are; they can be part of our everyday life.

The theme for this summer’s Urban Retreat is meditation and the contemplative arts as a way of living a wise, kind and joyful life. The morning sessions will focus on basic meditation practice, including sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, movement, contemplation, and brief dharma talks. The afternoons will offer the opportunity to explore a variety of contemplative arts as a natural way to practice mindfulness and awareness in our daily lives.

What the morning and afternoon sessions have in common is an invitation to explore our experience with:

  • A willingness to show up with curiosity and acceptance
  • A beginner’s mind: focusing on the process rather than the result
  • Attention to our experience, as it is, in body, heart and mind

Whether you are looking for an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice or you want to experience the joy of bringing the practice into your everyday life, or both, this practice intensive is for you.

Come for the whole seven days, a single day or more.

Daily Schedule:

9:00 am to Noon:

Meditation practice: sitting, walking, guided meditations, movement, contemplation, and brief dharma talks

1:30 to 4:00 pm:

Contemplative arts, including movement practices, flower arranging, singing and chanting, and more.

The retreat is open to everyone – experienced meditators and beginners. There are part-time options available for participants who are not able to attend the entire program.  

Discovering and cultivating our innate well-being is the spiritual, psychological, and political challenge of our time. The past few years of social, political, and environmental aggression, deception, stress, and insecurity have left many of us feeling fearful and disheartened. But the Buddhist teachings remind us that even in times of uncertainty and difficulty, we can find and connect with the wholeness, freedom and joy that is always present right here and now—without turning away from our own suffering or the suffering of the world.  In this retreat we will explore how the sitting practice of meditation, along with contemplative arts practice, can reveal the wisdom of our minds so that we can meet the challenges of our time and enjoy a wakeful, joyful life.


$140 - Regular program price for all seven days.
$170 - Patron program price for all seven days.
   This supports our ability to offer discounts to others.
$25 -   Per day program.
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