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A Weekend Retreat with David Chernikoff

Aging and Awakening: An Insight Meditation Retreat with David Chernikoff 

We are living in a time when wise elders are of critical importance. While the aging process involves losses and challenges, these can become a pathway to profound spiritual realization. Buddhist teachings offer us practical and liberating guidelines that enable us to free ourselves from the ageist attitudes of modern western culture and to reframe the changes inherent in growing older as a curriculum leading to true spiritual maturity. A major focus of this retreat will be alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will also be dharma talks, experiential exercises, and opportunities for discussion. By creating a supportive group environment that encourages genuine discovery and exploration, we’ll come to know ourselves in new and vibrant ways that invite us to live fully, care deeply, and die joyfully.
The challenges inherent in the aging process can become a direct pathway to the actualization of our best human qualities — wisdom, joy, compassion, generosity, lovingkindness, and equanimity. From the book "Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age" by David Chernikoff.

David Chernikoff is a meditation teacher, spiritual counselor, and life coach who taught psychology and meditation at Naropa University for many years. In the early 1980s, he worked at Ram Dass’s Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then became the director of Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, N.M. He later spent three years in Nepal doing public health development work for the Seva Foundation and studying with Tibetan Buddhist teachers. After returning to the U.S. he became the education and training director for the Spiritual Eldering Institute, now called Sage-ing International. In that role, he taught conscious aging programs throughout the U.S., in Canada, and in Ireland. David is currently one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder. He is the author of Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age.

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Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:30AM - 4:30PM PST
Sunday, February 12, 2023  9:30 AM - 3:30PM PST

Where: Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd., Avila Beach, CA 93424

On Zoom: 
**An email with a link to the Retreat Home Page will be sent to all registrants the day before the retreat begins. The Retreat Home Page will include the Zoom link and other retreat details.

Before registering for in-person attendance, please read the full protocol HEREIf you register to attend in person, you will be required to take a Covid test on Wednesday before the retreat, and Sat and Sun morning of the retreat and demonstrate your negative results by placing a date on the test strip and taking a picture of the strip to show when you arrive at the center.

Dana: The teachings are offered freely. The retreat registration fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat and will be on the retreat home page. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Plan on attending both days in order to fully appreciate the teachings. 

Registration: You must register online. Use the Register Now link. If you are a member, make sure to log in to the website before registering to get the membership price. Payment can be made by credit card, or you can send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 313, Avila Beach, CA 93424. Pre-registration and payment are required. The registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the retreat. Registration closes on Friday, February 10th at noon.

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Tea and light snacks will be provided; please bring a cup. Retreatants will provide their own lunch. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. 

Saturday, February 11, 2023, 9:30 AM until Sunday, February 12, 2023, 3:30 PM
Hybrid - Avila Beach Golf Resort and Zoom
6464 Ana Bay Road
Avila Beach, CA  93424

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Susan Quinones
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Sharon A Rippner
Event Manager
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