Schedule


Wattle Hollow Schedule for 2023 **

Welcome to this upcoming year, dear yogis!

Wattle Hollow is currently closed in the winter and will reopen in late March, 2023. Meanwhile, if you’d like to receive the “Winter Tales from Joy” newsletter, send me your request and gmail address to: joyfoxwath@gmail.com

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Following is the spring/summer listing of events:

** WITH THE SIMULTANEOUS AND FULL EMBRACE OF “ANNICCA”, THE BUDDHIST DOCTRINE ACKNOWLEDGING THE ETERNALLY SHIFTING AND UNFORESEEABLE FACTORS OF LIFE ON EARTH.

Registration is now accomplished entirely online, unlike in former years. You may register anytime, friends…though my response may be somewhat delayed.

Only VACCINATED folks will be welcome… because, in fact, the pandemic is still not over, friends.

DHARMA DAY April 1st


Saturday, APRIL 1, 2023 (10 a.m. -4 p.m.)

**Registration is Now Full, with a waiting list! **

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation:
** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices.
** Walking (both indoor and outdoor)
** An hour-long movement/yoga session
** Eating (lunchtime will be silent, with special focus on the food)
** Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

No charge for this day, in the ancient Buddhist tradition.
Dana/donations are accepted, however.
Registration is required. You will receive an orientation letter within a couple weeks, well before the event.

THE PORTAL OF PRESENCE

APRIL 13 – 16TH (6 p.m. Thursday – 4 p.m. Sunday)

These longer retreats are a deeper dive into the triple gems of Buddhism: abiding conduct (sila); deepening our focus (shammatta) and then “clear seeing” wisdom (panna).

We will perhaps glimpse the holographic, simultaneous and intimate relationship between these triple gems.

The retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence except for group discussions and individual interviews with Joy.

Retreat Registration

As with any Wattle Hollow meditation retreat led by Joy, no one is ever turned away for lack of finances. This is an ancient Buddhist tradition.

NATURE DAY WITH JOE NEAL

Sunday, April 23rd 9 a.m.

…starting at the top of the Wattle driveway

Our annual play-day romp with this inspiring and dedicated naturalist and author, Joe Neal (a.k.a. Baba Joe, the Birdman).

Bring your binoculars, if you have some!

We generally share a potluck lunch on the deck overlooking Wattle pond after our walk.

DHARMA DAY April 30

Sunday, APRIL 30, 2023 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation:
** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices.
** Walking (both indoor and outdoor)
** An hour-long movement/yoga session**Eating (lunchtime will be `silent, with special focus on the food)
** Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

No charge for this day, in the ancient Buddhist tradition.
Dana/donations are accepted, however.
Registration is required. You will receive an orientation letter within a couple weeks, well before the event.

SONGWRITERS’ CREATIVITY WEEKEND

MAY 5-7, 2023

I’ve lost track of the number of fabulous weekends (29, maybe?) during which we have seen our “inner children” run free of their boundaries in a joyful exploration of what is possible, musically and creatively.

Our amazing and talented guides are Jack Williams and Still on the Hill musicians, Donna and Kelly Mulholland. It feels like a family reunion, and the newest members are lovingly absorbed right away.

These retreats usually fill up, so contact Judy Williams (judy@jackwilliamsmusic.com, 205-572-0056)
as soon as you realize that you want to come, for information about registration.

AGAIN, ONLY FULLY VACCINATED PARTICIPANTS MAY REGISTER.
These Songwriters’Creativity retreats are now scaled down in size to enrich our experience and minimize crowding.

Dharma Day May 27

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023

We will be practicing the various forms of Vipassana Buddhist meditation:
** Sitting (no sessions more than 30-40 minutes), various types of practices.
** Walking (both indoor and outdoor)
** An hour-long movement/yoga session**Eating (lunchtime will be `silent, with special focus on the food)
** Metta/Lovingkindness practice

The practice of Noble Silence will be observed all day, except for group discussions, in order to deepen our meditative focus.

All Dharma Days are suitable for oldies and for newcomers…since we all need to arrive with “beginner’s mind,” anyhow.

No charge for this day, in the ancient Buddhist tradition.
Dana/donations are accepted, however.
Registration is required. You will receive an orientation letter within a couple weeks, well before the event.

About Dharma Days

Dharma Days are a one-day opportunity, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to take a personal tour in the Theravadan Vipassana meditation traditional practices of sitting, walking, eating and loving-kindness/metta.

It’s a great chance for beginning meditators to get their feet wet, and for oldies to refresh their practice. We also do a mild 50-minute stretching/yoga/or creative movement session. An organic vegetarian lunch will be served. No charge for this day, though dana/donations are accepted. See Registration link below to register.

We will have chairs or cushions available for sitting, and yoga mats for our period of stretching, though you all are of course welcome to bring your own. I will send out an orientation letter well before the event.

All are welcome, though pre-registration must be submitted no less than three days before the retreat (e.g. the Wednesday before). These Dharma Days have been filling up the last couple of years, so don’t wait til the last minute to sign up, friends.

At Dharma Day, we also practice the Buddhist tradition of Noble Silence, though there will be group discussions and question periods. The participants’ silence allows them to sink down into the practice without distractions.

(If you are concerned about the Covid-19 sanitation aspect for your yoga, blanket and meditation equipment, probably better to bring your own supplies and perhaps dishware for lunch, dears.). Masks will be optional.

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