White Heron Sangha

Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart, A Weekend Retreat with Donald Rothberg

  • 29 Jul 2017
  • 9:30 AM
  • 30 Jul 2017
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
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  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can. If you pay online, enter the amount you're able to pay and an adjustment will be made to the invoice later.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Barbara Scott: (805) 541-6099.

"Judgments of a reactive and automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives and can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world."

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat with Donald Rothberg at our new White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village. During this retreat, we will explore the nature of such judgments that are so dominant in our culture. We will learn how to tell the difference between non-reactive discernment and the often unwholesome reactive and automatic judgments. Through cultivating mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices, such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, and compassion, we will learn how to transform them.

We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments and the role of cultivating awakened qualities in transforming judgments. These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through the destructive and compulsive aspects of judgments that often rest on unconscious or unexamined limiting beliefs. 

This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, including instructions for several guided practices, talks and group discussion, and some basic movement practices, all in the context of a small, supportive community.

Please join us for this weekend. The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice. 

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook University, he currently teaches and writes on mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World, and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers. His website is www.donaldrothberg.com

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: NOTE THAT THIS VENUE IS NOT THE VET'S HALL IN MORRO BAY - this is the first retreat at our new meditation center in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail. 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. 

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. A dana (donation) basket will be available to help support the work of the teacher. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher will be provided at the retreat.

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or at the door (cash or check only) or send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Pre-registration and payment are required, as space is limited for this retreat.

Bring your lunch. Tea and light snacks will be provided. 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. For questions, contact Brian Walker at revbrian.walker@gmail.com.  


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