Silence & Presence in the Outdoors

A Non-Residential Weekend Insight Meditation Retreat
with Brian Lesage

September 28 – 29, 2024
Flagstaff, AZ

But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.
– Eihei Dogen

Explore the power of mindfulness while immersed in the beauty and richness of nature. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day – in sitting and walking meditation. In these silences we can penetrate our deepest wisdom and activate a natural compassion for ourselves and the world. The retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. There will also be time for discussion.

This is a non-residential retreat. Additional information about the retreat, including the location and what to bring, will be provided to all participants who register.

Lunch will be provided on both days. Attendance for the entire retreat is required.

Saturday, September 28 – 9 am to 4:15 pm
Sunday, September 29 – 9 am to 3:45 pm

Our weekend retreat will require the support of many volunteers. Some of the jobs include setting up, directing parking, helping participants sign in, prepping lunch, cleaning up, etc… Please let us know if you are able to volunteer, and the best way to contact you. People who volunteer will bypass the lottery! Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

A lottery will be used to select retreatants. The lottery will occur 10 days prior to the retreat (September 18) Those not selected can be placed on the Waiting List. If an applicant is not selected in the lottery after applying for a retreat, the probability of getting accepted increases with each subsequent retreat they apply for in the future.

Please Register by September 14, 2024.
Retreat Registration Form

Any applications received after the end of registration will be admitted as room permits.

There is NO FEE for this retreat. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning “generosity. This retreat is possible due to the generosity of others. In addition, our teachers receive no compensation for their services. Retreatants are encouraged to support FIMC to “pay forward” this generosity and to support the teachers by offering donations at the retreat’s end. In this way the tradition of offering no fee retreats may continue. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.

Covid-19 Protocols
In the spirit of supporting our practice together and our care for everyone in our community, including extended contacts, we want to avoid transmission of any disease and minimize risk to more vulnerable persons as much as possible. We ask community members not to join if they have cold symptoms, or have had possible exposure to Covid-19 in the 2 weeks prior to this retreat.

Face coverings will most likely be optional.
We will continue to monitor the local situation and guidelines. We will update our policies if needed upon review.

For More Information:

Click here for the Registration Form

Brought to you by Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community (FIMC)

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