I'm writing today to fill you in on a couple of east-coast retreat opportunities that I'm cooking up for this next year, and to get your feedback on an idea I've had for a practice adventure in the deep Southwest. Here you go:
A Spring Retreat near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
I had a sweet, transformative time at the retreat that happened recently in the mountains of North Carolina. The venue was beautiful, the people who came were even more beautiful, and we had a profound time together during those five special days. During the experience it became clear to me once again that practicing in community is my favorite thing in the world. I left North Carolina with the determination to spend as much time as possible on retreat, and to create opportunities for others to share practice with me. From Western North Carolina I traveled to Pittsburgh, where I facilitated a series of events that next weekend, and where I again experienced the power of the spiritual technology I've been gifted, and the joy I feel in sharing it with people. While I was there it occurred to me that I might bring together the good folks I met in Pittsburgh with those who have been working with me in North Carolina for a retreat somewhere convenient next spring.
Once again the perfect venue has fallen into our laps. It's a huge airbnb near Harper's Ferry--three hours from Pittsburgh and five from Raleigh. I worked out some dates with the owner, and it's ours! The area has a reputation for remarkable beauty, and so I'm thinking we'll venture out during the day to enjoy it. In addition to meditation, group discussion, yoga, and good food, we'll spend a few hours in the afternoon exploring the natural beauty of the area. The Appalacian Trail is only a mile and a half from the venue, there is a National Park in Harpers Ferry, and I hear of other alluring destinations as well. In other words, I'm thinking of combining the adventure-based experience I offered in Arizona last year with the traditional-style retreat we just had, so that we might enjoy the best of both.
The dates of the retreat will be April 9-14, Tuesday through Sunday.
I'll send along more specific information before long, as well as a procedure for registering. If you already know you'd like to attend go ahead and let me know--I'll put you on the list. If you know of others who might be interested but may not be on my mailing list, feel free to spread the word! I'd like to share the experience with as many people as possible.
A Fall Retreat in Western North Carolina
The day the retreat ended in Western North Carolina I went with my collaborators to check out a place called Bend of Ivy Retreat Center on the other side of Asheville, with the idea that we might rent the facility for a follow-up retreat next fall. We loved it, and so we quickly cemented some dates for next year. I'm pleased to announce that I'll be offering a retreat along with Christa Rypins at Bend of Ivy September 30-October 6, Monday-Sunday. More information to follow. If you already know you want to attend just let me know and I'll put you on the list.
An Adventure this Winter in the Deep Southwest
Anna and I will be living and traveling in southern New Mexico, Arizona, and California this winter, and it occurred to us that it would be fun to have some company. Here's the idea: what if we picked a week in January or February to bring folks together for a camping retreat and hiking adventure? We'd reserve a group campsite somewhere warm and people could join us there for a week or less (the length for each person could be flexible) of meditation, communal meals, hiking, and group discussions around a campfire. Doesn't that sounds like fun? All we need is a handful of willing folks and I'll call it a go. If you think you might be interested let me know and we'll see what we can arrange.
Thank you, everyone, for your attention to this email, and for all you do to bring peace and consciousness into the world. Take excellent care of yourselves and be well!
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