FALL 2019 Residential and Commuter Retreat Options 

A SACRED JOURNEY in Living and Dying

Led by Diana Shimkus, Founding Teacher of EMC, with the Encinitas Mindfulness Community (EMC co-teachers) and friends. We will be opening early-bird 15% discount registration for residential and commuter retreat options begin on Friday, August 16 - September 30, 2019. Participation in the retreat does not require attendance in the Fall Tuesday study series beginning on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. If you are not on our current email list, please send a request for an invitation.

Please visit the EMC website using the button below to get more information and registration for the GUIDED FALL RETREAT- held from Wednesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 19, 2019During the retreat, we will be expanding our still and silent meditation practice, during the first three days inviting deeper inquiry into aspects of compassionate presence that are cultivated throughout our lifetime, opening us to the boundless, limitless, birthless and deathless reality of our inter-being and compassionate open hearts. Mindfulness practice is an essential foundation for the cultivation of unconditional presence in the face of all of life’s conditions, confronting the truth of impermanence and continuous change through aging, illness, loss and death.  Compassion naturally arising in every breath and every moment in which we are awake to all of life. There will be NO FOOD SERVICE provided until Wednesday, October 16 dinner meal. Retreatants are asked to provide their own simple meals for the first 2.5 days of this retreat, which will be offered as a silent retreat with little guidance. Daily interviews with teacher will be offered to direct your practice. You may choose to practice with Diana throughout the day, though no guidance during sittings will be offered.

The Tuesday Study Group begins on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 AM .  We will be using two texts: MIND BEYOND DEATH, by Dzogchen Ponlop and/or LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF DEATH, by Larry Rosenberg. Each text offers a strikingly different set of teachings and perspectives on living and dying. Diana will leave it to each participant to decide which text is most appropriate for them.

The 16-week curriculum will be offered from Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Dec. 31, 2019 at 7:05 AM at The Soul of Yoga, 627 N. Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA or by live Zoom Meeting or archived meetings available on this site at SACRED JOURNEY COURSE tab.

RETREATS are held at: Questhaven Retreat Center San Marcos, California. Questhaven is nestled among chaparral-covered hills in north-east San Diego County. The grounds encompass one square mile of coastal wilderness traversed by several miles of nature trails offering hilltop vistas, shaded oak sanctuaries, wayside shrines, seasonal streams, and a variety of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. From time in nature, we find release from the stress of our daily lives and come to the pristine stillness and silence of pure awareness. 

2019 Residential and Commuter Retreats

The growth and development of your mindfulness practice occurs through the continued deepening and sustaining of longer practice periods.  Sustaining practice for one or more days in extended practice periods shifts our attention and awareness inward to assist in accessing more continuous stillness and silence.  Retreat practice is time out from your daily responsibilities, allowing for a rich and beneficial opportunity for practice and its benefits within the pristine and loving arms of sangha, holding stillness and silence with and for you!

Retreats are held at Questhaven Retreat Center in San Marcos, CA.   Please RSVP at button to the right above and select full-day or half-day options for the Mindful All-Day on Saturday, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Mindfulness graduates and friends are welcome to attend from 9:00am – 4:00 pm.

$35.00 is a requested donation to cover the cost of the space.  Dana or offering for the teachings and the teacher are graciously accepted and always welcome.  There will be a basket for such offerings at the retreat site.  Thank you always for your kindness and generosity!