3, 6 or 9 Nights
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, how you can be completely yourself in relationship and work; in other words, how to achieve a meaningful life. Each morning will include Dharma teachings with meditation instructions. 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.
George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. George teaches regularly at ATS. He offers a guided-meditation via conference call through Saturday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, and teaches privately via Skype, phone, email, text & IM, which Los Angeles Magazine included on its Best of LA 2011 list as “Best Online Buddhist Meditation.” For more information check out his website: mettagroup.org
MAY 26 – JUNE 4 (10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS)
MAY 29 – JUNE 4 (7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS)
MAY 26 – MAY 29 (4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS)