Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart
With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean
June 22 - 29, 2017
During this 7-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma. Using a hybrid of mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion meditation techniques, we will develop emotional balance by uncovering what blocks us from our own well-being, and begin to free ourselves into the heart of wisdom and compassion.
Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, interviews and some group process. Through meditative insight, we see clearly that our thoughts and emotions don’t need to define or control us. In their greatest capacity, they can guide us towards what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we’re caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is natural and human, but we can learn to create more space, choice, and ease in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs.
This silent retreat will explore the many ways that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the stream of the confusion of this world. This ancient path of awakening to our deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. We hope that you will join us.
The retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners. We invite our friends working in substance abuse treatment to learn more about fellowships available for healthcare workers.
About the Teachers
Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, […]Learn more about Dave Smith
Cheryl Slean has been practicing insight meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007, and is currently serving on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream and Insight Community of the Desert. She teaches classes and residential retreats at these centers and at other spiritual and […]Learn more about Cheryl Slean