White Heron Sangha

Serving the Sangha as Dharma Practice: Appreciation Half-Day Retreat

  • 14 Sep 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach


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In appreciation for all the many people who have volunteered time and energy, in small and large ways, to make the programs at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center run smoothly, we are offering a half-day retreat on September 14, from 9AM to 1PM. The theme of the day will be appreciation and communion with each other and serving the Sangha as dharma practice. If you are one of these people who has helped make our beautiful center the refuge that it is, you are warmly invited to attend this half-day appreciation retreat.

Appreciation and Serving 

Over the morning there will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation as well as exercises that help us explore the ways we each find joy in Sangha service and how we bring our personal dharma practice to the inevitable challenges.

We’ll have time for viewing photos of all the activities the sangha does that are made possible by those who serve and also photos of Sangha members in the act of doing what they do for the Sangha. As a special treat, Donald Rothberg will join us via Zoom to deliver a live video Dharma talk on “Serving the Sangha as Dharma Practice.” We will end with a non-silent meal together provided by the Sangha.

Mick Malotte, leader of our weekly “Mindfulness for Everyone” sitting group, will facilitate the day’s activities.

There is no fee for this half-day retreat. If you would like to attend, we are asking that you register by September 7 so we can plan our food requirements.

 * Please bring paper and pen/pencil to the retreat. *

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00AM - 1:00PM

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.

Cost:  Free

Please RSVP online on the event's webpage. 

Bring your own mug or cup, if possible, in order to reduce waste. Tea and lunch 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 Mick Malotte at mjmalotte@gmail.com

White Heron Sangha asks that all retreatants refrain from applying colognes, hairsprays or strongly scented deodorants before coming to the retreat. In addition, we will avoid air fresheners and scented or allergenic flowers in our facility. The use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems.

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