To Be Here Now 


Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Avila Retreat Center 
711 Mason Road
Durham, NC 27712

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Leah Rutchick 
Triangle Insight Meditation Community 

Opening to the Whole of Life
with Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen 

At times it is helpful to inquire as to why we are on this path of insight meditation and to what led us to this practice to start with.  Perhaps it was something heard or read which extolled the virtue of bringing more calm into our lives.  Unfortunately, many forsake the journey when experience does not always measure up to the expected results.  It is easy to accept the pleasant abidings, but what about the rest of life?

Most of us just need more skills to face what’s difficult.  This retreat is an invitation to practice being open to the totality of existence without exclusion, creating a container of support for deepening inquiry and investigation.  Qualities of recognition, receptivity, and curiosity will be supported through various forms of practice.  Deeply held conditioned patterns can then be seen, not as obstacles to practice, but rather as vehicles toward greater insight and surrender.  This seeing that frees becomes the gateway through which to open to the formless awareness that has been and always will be available.   

Open to participants with all levels of meditation experience, this retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence to support moving into greater stillness and quiet. In addition to the forms of practice, group interviews with the teachers will provide further support for inquiry and investigation.

Jeanne van Gemert and Ron Vereen have years of meditation experience and are co-founders of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, graduates of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program, and instructors in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.


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