Letting Go of Limitations: Realizing Your True Potential
May 19 – 21 at Unicoi State Park
Introduction to the Retreat
Within all of us exists an untapped potential for limitless peace, compassion, love, and concentration. By learning to take our own mind as our object of meditation, we can learn to quickly manifest this potential and gain insight in to what is really holding us back from experiencing this deep peace in our lives.
Over the course of the weekend, you will be guided in simple meditation techniques to create and maintain a special experience of inner peace. This mountain retreat is suitable for beginners and advanced meditators alike, everyone is welcome!
Some of the benefits of this type of meditation include:
– decreased distraction and improved concentration
– greater peace of mind
– greater insight into our mind and reality
– a gradual reduction and finally elimination of our negative states of mind
How to Prepare for the Retreat
No meditation experience is needed for this retreat to be immensely meaningful. Everyone is welcome.
If you like, you will find that acquainting yourself with How to Transform your Life and How to Solve our Human Problems would be excellent ways to prepare yourself for this retreat. These books as well as a guided meditation CD called Meditations for a Kind Heart will provide invaluable reference to help you continue your practice after the retreat.
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Venue and Accommodations
The retreat will be held at the beautiful Unicoi State Park in the Upstate region of Georgia. Surrounded by lush mountains and waterfalls, the surrounding area is perfect for quiet walks and contemplation.
Retreat sessions themselves, as well as meals, will be held in the state park’s Beach House. We provide comfortable chairs and some meditation cushions. But we will not have enough cushions for everyone; so if you have your own meditation cushion, please feel free to bring it along.
Join us for the whole retreat, or only for a day. Overnight participants stay in the cabins at the state park. Like a standard hotel room, cabins include fresh linens and towels, along with a small living area and kitchenette. Both private rooms and shared rooms are available. Please see ticket details below for information on all the different accommodation options available.
accommodationsCabin rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis, and we expect them to sell out. Should they sell out, you can still attend the full retreat by arranging for your own local sleeping accommodations. Staying at the nearby Unicoi Lodge is a very popular option. Please contact the lodge directly if you wish to do this. Also, perhaps consider extending your stay to include Thursday or Sunday night to integrate your retreat experience more deeply into your mind.
Finally, give yourself plenty of time to make it through the usual Friday night traffic. Perhaps come up early if you can, and enjoy the park before check-in.
Friday, May 19
5:00pm – 7:30pm – Check-in at the Beach House
8:00pm – 9:30pm – Welcome and Introduction: Equalizing Self and Others
Saturday, May 20
8:00am – The Power of Acceptance – Conquering Inner Enemies of Blame, Hatred and Retaliation
11:00am – Relax and Reflect: Looking into the Mirror of Karma
12:30pm – Lunch
2:00pm – A Walking Meditation (optional and weather permitting)
4:30pm – Beyond I and Thou: Love is the Real Weapon
6:00pm – Dinner
8:00pm – Group Discussion and a Meditation on Universal Love
Sunday, May 21
8:00am – The Heart of Compassion – The Solution for All Problems and Suffering
10:30am – Meditation in Action: The Quick Path to Peace
What to Bring
Breakfast: We provide vegetarian lunch and dinner on Saturday (meals are included in the pricing), as well as snacks and drinks throughout the retreat. But bring your own favorite breakfast snacks. Each cabin has its own kitchenette. Also, if you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in the “Additional Requests” box on the Registration Checkout screen as you purchase your ticket below.
Layers of clothing: With a large group, it is almost impossible to find a temperature that everyone finds comfortable! We will try to make the meditation room as cozy as possible, but it’s still a good idea for you to come with layers of clothing so that you can adjust as needed. Also, we don’t wear shoes in the meditation area, so don’t forget extra socks or your fuzzy slippers!
Blanket: The meditation room can be a little chilly this time of year, so you may wish to bring a blanket or two to put under your feet and/or over your lap.
Comfortable walking clothes: We encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely park during your stay.
Dharma books: Optionally, you may wish to refer to your favorite Dharma books during the course of the retreat, especially How to Transform your Life (be sure to download your FREE ebook edition!) and How to Solve our Human Problems for this retreat.
Meditation cushion or mat: If you have your own meditation cushion that you would like to use, bring it along. We will provide chairs and some cushions, but we will not have enough cushions for everyone.
What to Leave Behind
Cell Phones: For the purpose of developing deeper concentration in your mind, take a break from cell phone. It’s OK to bring your cell phone and check in with your family from time to time. However, you will get the most out of this retreat by keeping your cell phone usage to a minimum; and we specifically request that you do not bring it to retreat sessions with you. This prevents the awkwardness of having your phone go off in the middle of a meditation session.
Music: During the retreat, it is a good idea to refrain from listening to music. For the sake of your own concentration and the sake of others’, please do not listen to music, even on headphones, while at the retreat.
Pets: Sorry, but due to pet allergies and the policies of Unicoi State Park, you will need to leave your animals at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this meditation retreat suitable for beginners?
Definitely! Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat, regardless of experience level. If you prepare for the retreat by consistently practicing the Meditations for a Kind Heart CD a few weeks ahead of time, you will be well prepared for the retreat.
How much meditating will there be in each session?
Sessions last for one and a half to two hours, but some of this time is taken up with teachings and preparatory prayers. The meditations themselves to be twenty-five to forty-five minutes.
Should I bring my own meditation cushion or mat?
If you have a meditation cushion that you like to use, you are more than welcome to bring it with you. There will be plenty of floor space for you to use it. We provide some meditation cushions but we will not have enough for everyone. We will also have comfortable chairs for everyone.
Is there a dress code?
No, but wear comfortable clothes for lots of sitting time.
Do I need to be Buddhist?
No, everyone of any faith or no faith is welcome. However, please be aware that each session begins with Buddhist preparatory prayers; however you are free to choose not to participate in them if you wish.
Tickets and Registration
Cancellation Policy: “Initial Deposit” tickets below (“Private Room – Initial Deposit” and “Shared Double Occupancy Room – Initial Deposit”) are non-refundable. For all other tickets, We cannot offer refunds after May 13, 2017 (seven days before the retreat). Please read the ticket details carefully. Please feel free to contact us at (678) 453-6753 if you have any questions.