Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
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Insight Community of the Desert Meditation Center 
1111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Bldg. C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Stephen Pickard 
Insight Community of the Desert 

Connecting to our Heart's Refuge

A Daylong Retreat

A sense of home or refuge -- an internal base that offers shelter,
support and safety -- is vital in an ever-changing, unpredictable
world. Buddhist teachings offer three universal refuges: Our own
innate capacity for heart/mind awakening (Buddha), the refuge of
practice and wisdom (Dharma), and the refuge of community (Sangha).

Join us for a day of practice and exploration of refuge as it relates to our lives and our world. Is it possible to bring a sense of home and refuge wherever we may find ourselves?

We will spend the day exploring mindfulness practices designed to strengthen and support this internal sense of refuge. We will also look at how this strong internal confidence and safety can be shared and supported with others through the practices of community: lovingkindness, compassion and wise action.

The day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, short dharma talks and discussion. This event is suitable for new or experienced meditators. Please bring a lunch.

Ian Challis

Ian Challis practices and teaches in the Insight Tradition of
Buddhism. He is a regular teacher and founding board member at Insight
Community of the Desert in Palm Springs. He also teaches at Meditation
as Refuge, Michael's House, and the Desert Meditation Group in Rancho
Mirage. Ian has studied and sat residential retreats with Rodney
Smith, Santikaro, Narayan Liebenson, Larry Yang, Leigh Brasington,
Sylvia Boorstein, Tara Brach and Joseph Goldstein, among many others.
Ian is currently pursuing certification as a teacher of Mindfulness
Based Stress Reduction. In April 2017 he graduated from the Community
Dharma Leaders Program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


The registration fee for this event is $45. A portion of this
fee is shared with the teacher(s), however does not mean the costs of
the event or the teachings are fully covered. A dana (voluntary
donations) collection will be taken at the day of the event, and we
encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able.
Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for
lack of funds. There is a sliding scale for this event if needed.  
When people are able to extend as much generosity as possible, financial accessibility to our events comes with greater ease for the whole community.