Fall Weekthun- in Rockland

with Rachel Nixon

November 7th—November 14th

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    Room: Rockland

    Fall Weekthun

    with Rachel Nixon

    Thursday evening, November 7, 6-8 p.m.

    Friday-Thursday, November 8-14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Additional evening program on November 9 & 11 until 8:30 p.m.


    Early registration is greatly appreciated.


    Join us for a joyful and supportive week-long meditation retreat in Rockland. Come for the whole week or as much of the week as possible! Open to new and experienced practitioners.

    Weekthun includes group and individual instruction, sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, group discussion, and shared meals. The program is carefully designed to support participants in deepening their mindfulness-awareness practice and cultivating an open heart. The environment is relaxed and supportive. Practicing in community for a full week is a gift. We hope you can join us!

    The theme for the Fall Weekthun is the Paramitas. What are the paramitas? They are techniques that guide us on our path of waking up to ourselves and the world. A teaching of Mahayana Buddhism, the paramitas help us learn to let go and open our hearts further. The six paramitas include generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word paramita means to “cross over to the other shore.” When we practice the paramitas in daily life, we cross over the sea of suffering to the shore of awakening. We connect with our true nature. But, it's not always easy. We experience the messiness of life. We notice our habitual tendencies and selfishness creeping in, and when we do, we can be gentle with ourselves and work with the paramitas. Each day will include a dharma talk and discussion on one of the paramitas. Readings will be provided.

    For the full experience, we encourage you to sign up for the entire retreat. If that is not possible, we recommend attending from Thursday evening November 7th through Monday, November 11th. Other partial participation is welcome as well; please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to discuss the options.


    Plan for full days (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and additional evening programs (until 8:30 p.m.) on Saturday, 11/9 and Monday, 11/11. Silence will be held for several days of the retreat. See full schedule below.


    Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.


    Suggested donation: $375 for full week, $250 for partial participation, $75 per day or pay-what-you-can. If you are able to pay $375, you will help someone else participate. Thank you.


    Registration: Early registration is greatly appreciated. Kindly complete payment online at https://www.rocklandyoga.com/program/fall-weekthunor contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.


    Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!


    Service: Weekthun is self-staffed meaning that participants help with registration, meal prep/clean up, timekeeping, cleaning, etc. Participants will be invited to contribute a “crock pot” soup lunch for the group.


    Meals: The program fee includes tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/snacks, and dinner on the days that include evening programs.


    Housing: We have several housing options for out-of-town participants. Contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to learn more.


    Weekthun Schedule

    Opening Talk, Thursday, 11/7, 6-8 p.m. – The Paramitas

    Day 1, Friday, 11/8, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Prajna

    Day 2, Saturday, 11/9, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Generosity

    Day 3, Sunday, 11/10, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Discipline

    Day 4, Monday, 11/11, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Patience

    Day 5, Tuesday, 11/12, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Exertion

    Day 6, Wednesday, 11/13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Meditation

    Day 7, Thursday, 11/14, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Bodhisattvas in Everyday Life


    Rachel Nixon was first introduced to Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chödrön's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and has trained at Meditation Centers in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Rachel attended the seven-week Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema Chödrön and the monastic community at Gampo Abbey in 2019. The theme of the retreat was the Paramitas. She currently serves as the Director of Rockland Shambhala, and she is a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor. Rachel loves sharing the Buddhist teachings on compassion with the community. In addition to teaching, she loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.