First Weekend of the Meditation in the City Retreat

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The First Weekend of the Meditation in the City Retreat. Click here to sign up for the full week. 

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Even when the speed and stress of daily life can feel all-consuming, the depth of the present moment is always available to us. Ths summer, commit to caring for your mind and heart with Shambhala NYC's Meditation in the City Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness.

By participating in deep practice in the heart of the city, we are better able to incorporate the rich rewards of retreat into our daily lives and see the magic in our usual surroundings. This allows the benefits of retreat practice to stay with us long after the retreat is over.

Modeled on the structure of a traditional weekthün (or "weeklong session"), each day is made up of consecutive sessions of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, movement, mindful eating, and silence as practice. Mindfulness-awareness meditation practice is the focus of this powerful retreat. This technique of watching and being with the mind and body transforms how we relate to everyday life and ourselves. 

People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited. Please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.

Can't participate in the entire week? Register for a single day or the first weekend: 

The First Weekend: Friday the 17th - Sunday the 19th 

Opening Talk: Friday, August 17th
Day One: Saturday, August 18th
Day Two: Sunday, August 19th
Day Three: Monday, August 20th
Day Four: Tuesday, August 21st
Day Five: Wednesday, August 22nd
Day Six: Thursday, August 23rd
Day Seven*: Friday, August 24th

*Day Seven is only open to participants of a previous day of the retreat. 

Approximate Daily Schedule (subject to change):

9:00 - 12:00pm    Morning Practice Session
12:00 - 2:00pm    Contemplative Lunch & Rest/Work Period
2:00 - 4:00pm      Afternoon Practice Session I
4:00 - 4:30pm      Tea Break
4:30 - 6:00pm      Afternoon Practice Session II
6:00 - 7:00pm      Contemplative Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm      Evening Practice Session

About the Teacher

Shastri Nick Kranz has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. He has developed an approach to cultural transformation in the practice of Social Meditation, and worked with Youth Leadership development in the Shambhala community for the last decade. He brings the wisdom of meditation practice to businesses and organizations with www.mindfulinthemidst.com. He is interested in the intersection of social entrepreneurship, awakened intentional community, and collaborative right livelihood.

Source: ny.shambhala.org

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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