Because of Our Quiet: A Daylong Meditation Retreat
“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.” -- W.B. Yeats
As New York City prepares for the People's Climate March on September 21st, we can choose to participate in healing our world in many ways. In taking a day to explore our minds and hearts, we can learn to become more fully open to life, and more compassionate towards ourselves and others. In this way we are participating actively in shifting our consciousness in the direction of health, friendship, and care.
The day will consist of guided meditation instruction, gentle stretching and yoga, walking meditation, periods of silent practice, and time to ask questions and discuss meditation within a supportive community. Suited for new and experienced meditators alike. There will be a 1 hour lunch break. Participants are asked to keep their phones off or on silent for the day, and are encouraged to bring lunch with them, though there is also the option to go out to purchase lunch.
This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators and beginners alike.
Saturday, September 20th
Astoria First Presbyterian Church
23-35 Broadway Astoria, NY, 11106
Cost of retreat: $40. Pay at the door on the morning of the retreat. (Cash, check, credit card all accepted.) If you wish to pay in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
If you are unable to afford the full cost of the retreat, please let us know. A few scholarship spots are available.
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If you are financially able, please consider donating a scholarship spot to fund participants unable to afford the full price of the retreat.
NOTE: You do not need to be attending the People's Climate March to attend this retreat, but you are welcome to. Groups will be marching from several organizations including both the Astoria First Presbyterian Church as well as the Interdependence Project. Caring about the environment is not a political issue, it is a human one, and yet it is so easy to politicize such a thing and have an "us" vs. "them" mentality about it. Perhaps it is possible to bring some mindfulness, compassion and equanimity to this part of life through our practice.