Hello, dear Sangha and Sangha-to-be!
Just like last year, regarding our Wattle Hollow events:
ONLY FULLY VACCINATED FOLKS WILL BE WELCOME.
So you beautiful soulful millennials and others who are on the fence about this issue, it’s time to get in line for your vaccination if you want to come to Wattle Hollow programs this spring and summer and fall. The booster is also something I heavily encourage!
Blessings to you all and may your mindfulness be deep and rich, amidst the battering difficulties of this past year.
You can send your questions to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Form 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.
July 22 – 24th
Friday, 6 pm,– Sunday 4 pm
We will be exploring an alternate concept of time: the creative life-giving force of living in “kyros” time/present moment, as opposed to the traditional and widely accepted version of chronological time or “kronos.”
What does it cost us to pretend that our lives can be measured out in minutes, hours, days, months … and to ignore THIS, whatever is happening here in this moment?
We will hold Noble Silence (except for group discussions and private interviews (with Joy), fast on Saturday evening, and do some kind of movement and art exercise each day.
No charge for this weekend, but you must register well in advance.
Send Your Registration Request
There will be a long break in the summer schedule,
while Joy does her own silent solo retreat.
– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –
Dharma Days are an opportunity to take a personal tour of Theravadan Vipassana meditation (traditionally practiced in SE Asia and in the West) practices: 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.
Send Your Registration Request
October 7 – 9th
I’ve lost track of the number of fabulous weekends (28?) 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 please contact Judy Williams (email@example.com, 205-572-0056) for information about registration.
These Songwriters’ Creativity retreats are now scaled down in size to enrich our experience and minimize crowding.
October 21 – 23rd
Most of us link our happiness to conditions, in this culture: to health, wealth, relationships, or auspicious events.
Come and explore whether a deeper version of transcending happiness might be possible.
The weekend will be held in Noble Silence, except for group discussions and interviews with Joy.
No charge for this event, though dana is accepted.
November 4th – 6th (Fri 6:00 pm – Sun 2:00 pm)
We are again quite fortunate to lure the amazing Mark Cain away from his extremely busy farm schedule to join us for
this event, and to share his grace as a yogi-meditator. He and I will co-teach and guide you. This event has happened annually every year for (about?) sixteen years, minus the pandemic one year.
This is a deeper dive into the possibilities of witnessing our meditative focus and offering the mind and body a veritable “brainwash.”
No particular expertise is required for either meditation or yoga….but each participant in our sangha needs to pack equal parts of self-compassion and intention for the journey.
$125. Suggested donation, though of course no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The weekend is held in Noble Silence, except for group discussions, and an interview with me (Joy).