4 day retreat with Wayne Coger from Springwater Center
Being here, quietly and attentively, is absolutely natural, yet something that most find difficult. The world, our world, is often so busy that the simplicity of being in touch with oneself and one's surroundings is overlooked or, seemingly, out of reach. But touching this core of essential and silent being does not require special efforts or restless searching. Awareness is here and apparent when there is a wholesome, heartfelt pausing-stopping to look and listen to whatever appears before us. This is the wonder and the opportunity of retreat, to pause in the midst of activity.
This quiet contemplation is neither competitive nor hierarchical. It is for anyone with an interest in learning more about meditation and themselves. In quiet sitting and group dialogue, we can begin to uncover what is actually going on for us in moment-to-moment living-listening to and being with the ever changing movements of nature and weather as well as the interplay of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. No formal rituals or practices will be introduced or encouraged. This retreat affords an opportunity to be together in simplicity and silence, open listening and free inquiry.
Wayne Coger, from Springwater Center, has led retreats since 2001. He has worked with Toni Packer for over 25 years. Wayne has been a staff member at Springwater Center since 1981. Previously, he studied at the Rochester Zen Center. An interview with Wayne can be found here and articles by Wayne here
There are no requirements that you shall do some special meditation technique or maintain any special posture during the meditation sittings but you are free to sit on a cusshion, stool, chair or stand as you feel appropriate - as long as you participate together in stillness and silence.
All activities on the schedule below are volutary. If you would like, for example, to take a walk in the beautiful nature nearby instead of sitting or dialoguing this is perfectly fine. We are silent for the the most part of the retreat with the exception of Group dialogue, talk with questions, and Qigong classes. By resting in attentive stillness and silence we allow mindful presence to grow efortlessly by itself.
Time and placeSeptember 25-29, Vinjegatan 5 in Blackeberg, Sweden
Lunch is not included (there are restaurants nearby and heating possibilities at the center) but tea och cookies in the afternoon is included.
You can also participate for a portion of the retreat for 600:- per day.
LodgingIf you need a place to sleep furing the retreat there are some hotels nearby that we have talked to. Contact us for more information.
PrerequisitesWe recommend that you have some experience with meditation before. If you are a beginner your can prepare yourself by coming to our regular meditation classes before the retreat.
About the retreat leader