Mindfulness Practice Retreat

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Sunday 7/31/2016
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Program Leader
Radhule Weininger

The July 31, 2016 Mindfulness Practice Retreat will addressed this topic:

Exploring The Experience of Compassion with Radhule Weininger and Marjorie Schuman

This Sunday-afternoon mini-retreat, co-led by Radhule Weininger and Marjorie Schuman, will include formal mindfulness and compassion practice followed by mindful contemplation of those experiences done in dyads – with dialogue partners.   In this way, we make the experience of compassion very real for ourselves.

We will do this practice as a way of exploring and cultivating our ability both to give and receive compassion.

  • Exploring the moment-by-moment  lived experience of being in connection with another.
  • Practicing listening deeply.
  • Practicing  opening the heart.

The retreat will offer an important opportunity to deepen the experience of connection, belonging and compassion.

Radhule Weininger,  PhD is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has been teaching mindfulness meditation at La Casa for ten years. She began her studies of mindfulness meditation in Sri Lanka in 1981, mentored in her teaching by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. She is the founder and guiding teacher of One Dharma Sangha and the author of Heart-Work: Practicing Compassion in Daily Life (forthcoming from Shambhala Press). www.radhuledweiningerphd.com

Marjorie Schuman, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice who was trained in psychoanalysis and specializes in mindful psychodynamic therapy.  She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1974 and was certified in the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  She is the author of  Mindfulness-Informed Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Inquiring Deeply (forthcoming from Routledge Press in 2017). www.drmarjorieschuman.com

General Program Description:

A half-day, Sunday afternoon retreat in Mindfulness Meditation with Radhule Weininger, to create a refuge for calming the mind, opening the heart and finding peace with ourselves and others through gently guided meditations, including Metta (Loving-kindness) meditation. All are welcome, those with a practice and beginners.

Mindfulness helps to cultivate dual awareness of both our inner state of mind and heart and the awareness of the world in front of us. This practice helps to increase inner calm and self-knowing, as well as more balance and skillfulness concerning our interactions with others. Metta meditation helps develop “exquisite empathy” which is a heartfelt, well-boundaried, sensitively attuned and highly present way of being with ourselves and others. Through this practice we can develop our innate self-compassion and compassion for others.

There will be an opportunity for practicing sitting and walking meditation as well as Metta/Lovingkindness meditation. We often speak of mindfulness not only as bare attention but as affectionate attention. Woven into it is an orientation towards kindness and seeing deeply into the nature of things, which invites us to see how all is interconnected.

A donation is requested at the door. Filling in the “Billing Information” below merely provides La Casa with your contact information. No billing will occur. Please disregard any payment instructions you may receive in your confirmation email.

Program Leader – Radhule Weininger, MD, PhD, practices psychotherapy and has studied Mindfulness meditation in Dharmsala, India, Indonesia and with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock Buddhist Center and with Alan Wallace.

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