September 14 - 16, 2018

Registration opens August 29 and closes September 12.

Friday PM - September 14  ||  5-7pm Pacific / 8-10pm Eastern
Focus In

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Theme
Prerequisites: Previous experience with See, Hear, Feel (i.e. Noting Everything).
Fee: $20 per person

In this program, you will learn to track your subjective experience in terms of visual thoughts (mental images), internal conversations (mental talk), and emotional body sensations. It’s about appreciating yourself just as you are – knowing yourself to death, loving yourself to death.

In preparation for this program, please:


Saturday AM - September 15  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Appreciation Training: Introduction to See, Hear, Feel

Leader: Shinzen Young
Type of Program: Foundations
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $10 per person 

In this program, you will deepen your ability to work with sensory experience by cycling through:

  • The Big Picture (using Note Everything);
  • Exploration of individual modalities (using Just See, Just Hear, and Just Feel).

Preparation:

In preparation for this retreat, please:


Saturday PM - September 15 ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Mini Cross Training

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Cross Training
Prerequisites: Previous experience with Note Everything, Be Source, Auto Move and Feel Good
Fee: $20 per person 

In this program, we’ll work with four techniques:

  • Note Everything - Work with any and all sensory experience.
  • Be Source – Focus on Expansion & Contraction in all your senses.  
  • Auto Move - Tune into spontaneity as you walk, move, dance, etc.
  • Feel Good - Create and hold pleasant emotional sensations in the body.

In preparation for this program, please:


Sunday AM - September 16 ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Motion Challenge

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Accelerator
Prerequisites: Previous experience with at least one Unified Mindfulness Technique
Fee: $20 per person

People often complain that they’re able to get in deep states during formal practice but are not able to maintain those states in daily life. There’s a lot to be said about this but one suggestion is to work smart by creating for yourself “motion challenge sequences.” The idea is simple. Take any meditation technique you relate to and attempt to maintain it through a sequence of progressively more challenging and/or complex activities. Stay with each stage for however long it takes you to get as deep as you were in the previous stage.

Here's an example. Do a technique of your choice while...

1.   Lying down
2.  Seated eyes closed
3.   Seated eyes open
4.   Standing
5.   Slow walking
6.   Faster walking
7.   Walking in a sensorially impactful environment
8.   Doing simple exercises
9.   Doing more complicated exercises
10.  Washing dishes
11.  Cooking a simple meal
12.  Cooking a more complicated meal
13.  Carrying on a vacuous conversation
14.  Watching low-impact TV
15.  Watching high-impact TV
16.  Carrying on a substantive conversation
17.  Carrying on an emotionally charged substantive conversation

Your goal is to work up to the point where you can be as deep in situation #17 as you are in situation #1. It's like weight training, you build it up gradually. This may seem like an awful big homework assignment but you have the rest of your life to turn it in!

During this program, we will alternate periods of self practice in motion with periods of guidance and discussion.

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Think ahead about what types of tasks you will use as motion challenges during this program and prepare the environment if need be (see list in description or come up with your own). Consider having a clock or timer nearby to stay on
  • Read An Outline of Practice
  • Review any other relevant materials you'd like (recalling the prerequisite for this program)

Sunday PM - September 16 ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
How to Work with Pain

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

In order to work meditatively with pain, it is absolutely essential to be clear about two things: the ultimate goal of such work and the specific sensory categories involved. The goal is twofold:

  • Reducing the perception of suffering due to pain.
  • Discovering the “taste of purification” within pain.

This goal can be achieved by bringing a critical mass of clarity and equanimity to pain and pain-related phenomena. Clarity initially involves keeping track of sensory categories. At a deeper level, clarity becomes a kind of intense and continuous self-knowing, a knowing that seeps into and through the crevices of each sensory strand, dissolving its somethingness…a knowing in the Biblical sense. Equanimity means maintaining an attitude of gentle matter-of-factness. Equanimity sounds like a “mental thing”, but at the deepest level it becomes a habit of the body itself. Equanimity is to the flow of sensation in the body as conductance is to the flow of electricity in a wire.

In this session, using unified mindfulness techniques, these formulas will become more understandable:

  • Suffering = Pain x
  • Taste of Purification = Pain x Equanimity

In preparation for this program, please:

o   Chapter 2 – The Way of Physical Senses
o   Chapter 7 – The Science of Sensory Experience