White Heron Sangha

Retreat Committee News
by Kristie Wells


The Retreat Committee has been busy over the past 6 months. Our retreat in April with Al and Sari Blum on ‘The Power of Somatic Meditation in an Anxious Age’ at the Morro Bay Community Center was very enjoyable and informative, as was our recent retreat at the end of July with Donald Rothberg on ‘Transforming the Judgmental Mind’. The latter retreat was the first retreat held at our new home in Avila. We conducted a post-retreat written survey to get a sense for how attendees felt holding a retreat at this venue. The strong majority of the feedback was very positive and we also received some great suggestions for improvement. The only potential “negative” to using the Avila Center is that the attendance will be capped, due to the smaller space, and anyone registering for a retreat after that limit has been reached will be placed on a waiting list (and contacted if space becomes available). We may opt to use another venue again, such as the Morro Bay Vets Hall, if we foresee a larger attendance due to holding a retreat with a particularly popular teacher. Because of the positive response, we will be holding our next retreat (below) at our new home in Avila.

Our next weekend retreat will be October 14-15th with Kamala Masters, who will teach on the ‘Sure Heart’s Release’. Kamala is one of the founders and teachers of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui. She teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide, including being a Guiding Teacher and member of the Board of Directors at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts.  More details about this retreat can be found here.  Registration is now open.  This will be our last weekend retreat in 2017; the schedule for our 2018 retreats is shown below.

On another note, after the Kamala Masters retreat in October, Brian Walker will be taking over for me as the Chairperson of the Retreat Committee. I appreciate his willingness and enthusiasm for assuming this role and know that he will be offering skillful guidance for the continuance of our weekend retreats as well as for other opportunities for expanded offerings, as these possibilities emerge now that the sangha has a home of our own. It has been a pleasure serving in this capacity for the last almost-three years, particularly because of all of the wonderful other committee members who give so generously of their talents and time so that we can offer our weekend retreats. I hope to see many of you at our retreats in the future!

Scheduled retreats for 2018:

  • John Makransky March 3-4
  • Tempel Smith, June 2-3
  • Sally Armstrong, August 4-5
  • Shaila Catherine, Sept. 15-16

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