White Heron Sangha

Finding Balance in Difficult Times, Weekend Retreat with Oren Jay Sofer

  • 02 Jun 2018
  • 9:30 AM
  • 03 Jun 2018
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
  • 5


  • 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, either by mail or at the door.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Sharon Rippner: (805) 909-0405.

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat with Oren Jay Sofer at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center in Avila Village. 

Equanimity is balance born of wisdom; it’s our heart and mind’s capacity to roll with the inevitable challenges and changes of life without taking it personally, without falling into despair or hopelessness.

During this two-day retreat we will develop the core Buddhist practices of equanimity, insight, and loving kindness in order to find more balance with inner challenges, relational difficulties, and suffering in the world. 

Rather than a bland state of neutrality, or a cold state of indifference, equanimity gives us a wide space to feel the whole range of human experience, and the poise to act with wisdom and care rather than reactivity. Whether it’s personal loss and difficulty, challenges in relationship, or the immense pain our world is facing, equanimity is the indispensable quality that allows us to meet life with grace and balance, and at times to keep going in the face of extraordinary hardship.

The retreat will include of periods of instruction, Dharma talks, silent sitting and walking meditation, as well as ample time for Q&A. We will also explore relational practices in dyads and small groups.

The retreat is appropriate for all levels of practice.

Oren Jay Sofer has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997 and is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ven. Ajahn Sucitto. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, a Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council.

Oren is the Founder of Next Step Dharma and the author of the book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. His personal website is OrenJaySofer.com.

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: Our meditation center is 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. Details on how to donate to the teacher and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) 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.  Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least one week prior to retreat.  

Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible. 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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