March 16, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – March 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am
Life Balance Institute

Teachers: Phillip Moffitt, Dana DePalma, and Tuere Sala

A minimum of three silent meditation retreats of 4 days or more including at least one Nine Bodies multi-day retreat and at least one Vipassana retreat of 6 days or longer.

The teaching of the Nine Bodies of Consciousness offers fresh perspectives for practicing Satipatthana meditations, the four foundations of mindfulness. In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha laid out how to be present for all aspects of our experience, even the most subtle parts. (For more info on the Nine Bodies of Consciousness, visit ninebodies.com.)

As a support for Satipatthana meditation, the Nine Bodies teachings and meditations presented during this retreat offer new, detailed means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences which can help you stay present with whatever arises. These explorations may also increase the clarity and specificity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight. This retreat will focus on cultivating integrated, embodied presence and intuitional knowing.

The retreat starts by focusing on the consciousness that arises in the physical body and then presents a series of meditations for exploring ever more subtle levels of consciousness. By building your awareness utilizing the Four Foundations and Nine Bodies practices, you gradually develop clear seeing (sampajanna), the ability to see life from a dharma point of view. From this perspective, it’s possible to access well-being that can include non-well-being.

This retreat is specifically designed as an online offering for experienced practitioners. It combines the dedicated practice time of a residential retreat while supporting yogis with family members and/or other responsibilities. The format provides each of us the opportunity to integrate formal meditation and daily life practice. Each day there will be three guided meditations, time for independent sitting in the communal virtual hall, and a dharma talk.

Please note that each teaching session and guided meditation of the retreat is a building block for the next teaching session and guided meditation. Due to this progressive building process, please plan on attending all teaching sessions. We understand that due to the home retreat aspect of this offering, you may need to skip a walking meditation or other non-essential part of the retreat. In reviewing the retreat schedule below, we ask that you consider carefully whether you can commit to attending all of the active teaching sessions and two or three small group practice meetings.

This retreat is for yogis that have a committed practice and the ability to sit multiple times a day throughout the retreat. This retreat is not recommended for students who are experiencing acute depression or grief or other strong mental challenges.

Daily Schedule:

Please note: The schedule is in Pacific Standard Time

Bold sessions mean all are encouraged to attend

Opening Day Schedule, Tuesday, March 16
3:00 p.m. Technology Check for participants unfamiliar with Zoom
4:00 p.m. Break – Main Hall Closed
4:15 p.m. Meditation Hall Opens – Arrive and Settle
4:30 p.m. Formal Opening/Welcoming Talk
6:30 p.m. Close for Night

Daily Schedule; Wednesday, March 16 – Monday, March 22
7:00 a.m. Optional Personal Early Practice / Sitting, Walking
8:00 a.m. First Guided Meditation Period
9:00 – 9:45 Walk
9:45 – 10:30 Second Guided Meditation Period
10:30 – 11:30 walk
11:30 – 12:15 Self-Guided Silent Sit
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 -2:30 p.m. Practice Meetings for some groups
2:30 -3:15 Third Guided Meditation Period
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Practice Meetings for some groups
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Individual Sitting/Walking Practice – when not in Practice Meeting
5:15 p.m. Teaching Session
6:30 p.m. Close for Night

Closing Day Schedule, Tuesday, March 23
8:00 a.m. Closing Session
11:30 a.m.   Close of Retreat

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