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ICMC is happy to announce the start of registration for our 2015 spring retreat with Wisconsin teacher Santikaro. The retreat will be held from Thursday, April 30th to Sunday, May 3rd at the Portiuncula Center in Frankfort, IL.

SantikaroSantikaro was ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu in 1985 and spent most of his monastic life at Suan Mokkh. Santikaro lived with Ajahn Buddhadasa for nine years and became his primary translator. During this time he also led Dawn Kiam, a small monastic community for foreigners. He is the founder of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. There he continues to teach, explore nature, and translate the work of his teacher.

For more details and how to register, go to http://icmc2015spring.eventbrite.com/. Email Nicholas at registrar@insightchicago.org with any questions.

Andrew GetzThanks to all those who contributed to making the New Year’s retreat with Andrew Getz such a success! Andrew has provided some recommended reading for retreat participants:

Holly Nelson-JohnsonA weekly series of classes is being held at Old St Patricks Church from February to March, 2015. These mindfulness programs will be led by Holly Nelson-Johnson. Holly, MSN, APN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified MBSR Teacher, and an Interpersonal Mindfulness Teacher who has been offering Mindfulness-Based programs nationally for over twenty five years.

The first track on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is open to beginners.

The MBSR program is a way of integrating the Spiritual Practice of Mindfulness into daily life: of learning to walk the contemplative path with practical feet. Mindfulness is a quality of awareness that develops when we pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally to life as it really is.

Experienced meditators may enroll in the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP), a program developed under the direction of Gregory Kramer; and based on Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom.

Relationships can be a source of great joy, as well as suffering. Interpersonal Mindfulness brings Mindfulness directly into the stresses of relationship. In developing a meditation practice while speaking, we deepen our awareness of social interactions in all their complexity, and their promise. We can experience a ‘profound connection’ with ourselves and others.

To register for either the MBSR or IMP programs, please contact Holly Nelson-Johnson: hnjohnson@icloud.com. Class size limited, pre-registration is required. Contact Holly soon for program details.

Andrew GetzThe New Year’s retreat with Andrew Getz is full. Cancellations do occur, so check the registration page for updates. You can also sign up on the waitlist to be notified if rooms become available.

Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is continues November’s meditation workshop on January 3rd, 2015 in Ravenswood, Chicago.

SantikaroMeditation Workshop – Inner Serenity, Clarity, & Insight

In this workshop we will continue to explore and clarify the basics of good practice in meditation. We will revisit posture and try a mindfulness of body practice. We will review typical obstacles to inner tranquility, clarity, and insight, as well as how to overcome them. We will review the meaning of “insight” and how to foster it.

The format will be experiential, with plenty of time for test driving and clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

To register go to: libparkworkshop2015jan.eventbrite.com

Wisconsin teacher Santikaro is leading a meditation workshop in Ravenswood, Chicago on November 8th.

SantikaroMeditation Workshop – Mindfulness, Concentration & Insight

This workshop will explore, clarify, and distinguish three crucial aspects of meditation practice. Mindfulness keeps the meditation object or theme in mind. Concentration settles mind and focuses without distraction. Insight is to see experience directly and clearly without bias or belief. These three factors are interdependent and essential.

The workshop’s format will be experiential, with guided practices and plenty of time for clearing up questions. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

To register go to: libparkworkshop2014nov.eventbrite.com

Insight Chicago Meditation Community is happy to announce our 2015 New Year’s Retreat with Andrew Getz. The retreat will be held from January 1st to January 4th at the Cenacle retreat center in downtown Chicago.

Andrew GetzAcceptance Inhabiting the Wise Heart

Acceptance is an antidote to the minds habit of self-judgment and a cornerstone of the Dharma. As we learn to trust the truth of the present moment we discover the capacity to take each step of the inner journey with an open heart. This retreat will explore several important dimensions of acceptance on the path of the Dharma.

Andrew has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 30 years including four years as an ordained monk in Thailand and Burma . He studied under U Pandita of the Mahasi Meditation Center in Burma, and spent a period of time in the monasteries of Ajahn Buddhadasa of Thailand. He has taught at Spirit Rock and The Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA and has also taught The New Years meditation retreats here in Chicago for many years. He is a long time student of the Diamond Approach.

For more registration details, go to icmc2015newyears.eventbrite.com. Please email registrar@insightchicago.org with any questions.

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