Meditation, Resilience and Vocation: A Mindfulness Approach for Life

Meditation, Resilience and Vocation: A Mindfulness Approach for Life

Monday June 25th- Thursday June 28th

Retreat Objectives and Schedule

Objectives/Outcomes for Retreat Participants

  1. Reflect on personal interests and activities (what do you enjoy doing?)
  2. Create a vision for your vocation/life-path 
  3. Develop long-term vocational goals  
  4. Develop shorter-term goals and everyday activities that will bring you closer to your vision
  5. Cultivating positive qualities for everyday life
  6. Developing emotional resiliency
  7. Building leadership skills and confidence
  8. Utilizing Buddhist concepts and practices to enhance objectives 1-7

Retreat Schedule and Activities

Monday, June 25

3:00 to 5:00 PM: Arrival time and settling in
5:15 to 5:45 PM: Introductions; short orientation for the retreat
5:45 to 6:40 PM: Dinner
6:50 to 8:15 PM: 

Guided meditation (15 minutes)
Clarifying participant expectations
Discussion of possible life goals
Journaling (writing down a vision)

8:30 Pm End of 1st day

Tuesday, June 26

7:00 AM: Rise, wash up
7:30 to 8:15 AM: Sitting meditation (breath); walking meditation; sitting meditation
8:20 to 8:50 AM: Breakfast
9:00 to 9:25 AM: Stretch; gentle exercises
9:30 to 10:30 AM: Lecture and discussion: The Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path
10:40-11:00 AM: Guided meditation (Metta)
11:00 AM to 12:00-noon: Importance of Right View and Right Intention when formulating vocation
12:00 to 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 to 2:00 PM: Free time
2:00 to 3:30 PM: Creative activities (drawing; journaling/creative writing)
3:30 to 5:00 PM: Lecture and discussion on vocation and Right Speech, Action, and Livelihood
5:00 to 6:00 PM: Rest; individual talks with Bhante or Professor Cha
6:00 to 6:45 PM: Dinner
7:00 to 9:00 PM: Movie and Discussion (Documentary: Dhamma Brothers) 

Wednesday, June 27

7:00 AM: Rise and wash up
7:30 to 8:15 AM: Meditation; breath and guided meditation on bodily sensations
8:20 to 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 to 9:20 AM: Light exercise; stretching
9:30 to 11:00 AM: Lecture and discussion on building emotional resilience and perseverance through daily discipline
Wheel of samsara and negative mind-states
Rebirth as metaphor for changing mental states
Bhavana: Right Mindfulness and Concentration; counteracting negative mind-states

11:00 AM to 12:00-noon: Metta meditation; journaling about disciplined action in everyday life
12:00 to 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 to 2:30 PM: Activities (walking/hiking in the woods; drawing or journaling)
2:45 to 4:00 PM: Rest and individual talks with Bhante or Professor Cha 
4:00 to 5:30 PM: Lecture and discussion on building confidence and leadership skills through mindfulness practices
5:30 to 6:15 PM: Dinner
6:30 to 8:00 PM: Discussion and planning for participant presentations
8:00 to 9:00 PM: The Eight-fold Path as a framework for life and vocational goals

Thursday, June 28

7:00 AM: Rise and wash up
7:30 to 8:00 AM: Meditation
8:00 to 9:30 AM: Participant preparation for presentations
9:45 to 10:45 AM: Presentations (what this retreat meant for me; what I learned; what I can bring back to daily life)
11:00 to 11:30: Conclusion and congratulations! 

For whom: Young adults 18-23 years old

Facilitators: Bhante Sathi and Professor John Cha

Fee: $300, (advance registration discounted rates $250 before May 15th.)

Location: Metta Meditation Center
3864 420th Avenue
Janesville, MN 56048

Registration: Meditation Center holds up to 35 people. Registration is required by May 20th, 2018.

Food: Vegetarian / Vegan meals will be provided.  

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