Acceptance and Compassion: Fall Retreat 2016 with Santikaro Upasaka

Acceptance and Compassion

Practicing with Life’s Milestones & Challenges

Fall Retreat: October 13th, 2016 to October 16th, 2016
With Santikaro Upasaka
Sponsored by Insight Chicago Meditation Community

12:30PM Thursday, October 13th 2016 – 12:00PM Sunday, October 16th 2016

Portiuncula Center for Prayer
9263 W. St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 464-3880

Nestled in 50-acres of lovely woods, the Portiuncula provides a peaceful environment for meditation. There are open, grassy knolls, wooded hiking trails and a small creek, as well as a labyrinth.

Retreat Description:
Every stage of life confronts us with successes and failures, accomplishments and losses, illnesses and accidents, friends and foes, cancer, aging, senility, growing awareness of death, and insecurity. In response we celebrate, quaver, flinch, grasp, flee, narcotize, and defend. To the extent we meet such vicissitudes with selfish stances and egoistic reactivity we suffer – needlessly. Dhamma inquiry and practice develops the capacity to wisely bear under life’s fluxes — whether easy or hard. Acceptance and compassion are key to that wise, skillful endurance. Mindfulness and inner steadiness are crucial foundations for them.

This retreat will take place in noble silence and simplicity. There will be ample opportunity for sitting meditation, walking midst the Port’s pleasant grounds, personal reflection, and journaling. Talks and dialogue circles will explore the themes of the retreat. The food is simple and adequate.

Retreat Teacher:

Santikaro Upasaka trained for almost two decades as a Theravada bhikkhu, mostly at Suan Mokkh in Southern Thailand where he lived with Ajahn Buddhadasa and became his primary translator. His training continues here in the Midwest, as an upasaka, where he is co-founder of Liberation Park, a modern expression of Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility, located in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He has been teaching in the Chicago area since his return “home” in 2000 and is active teaching around the Midwest and further afield. Life’s vicissitudes have given him some acquaintance with cancer, stroke, addictions, globalization, and other challenges that he explores regularly. (Please visit for more, especially updates on the new facilities we are building this Summer and Fall to serve retreatants such as yourself.)

Santikaro Upasaka

Costs include three meals a day and all expenses pertaining to your stay at the Port. All meals will be vegetarian. If you have any dietary restrictions please contact the retreat manager at before the retreat.

The cost per person for the retreat is as follows:

Single room resident: $340
Double room resident: $280 per person
Non-resident: $230
Scholarship Deposit: $100 (quantities limited)

The teachings are offered freely but there will be an opportunity to make a donation (dana) to the teacher at the end of the retreat. We also give dana to the kitchen help so an offering should be considered for them as well.

Space is limited so early registration is highly recommended. Confirmation will be made on a first come basis. If registration becomes full, there will be a waiting list for those who are still interested in attending. To register, select a Single, Double or Non-Residential ticket, click Register for credit cards or other payment type for check, and fill out the registration information. Ticket form is at the bottom of the page.

Additional Information:
Approximately two weeks before the retreat you will receive more information on the Port as well as what to expect and bring to the retreat. Also, a teacher interview form and schedule will be provided.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
No refunds after October 16th 2016.

Contact the retreat manager at

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