Friday, March 17, 2017
Retreat 1 of 3: Going Forth I
Heathen Hill Retreat Center, Franklin NY
Franklin, New York, three hours north of NYC
In February 2016, Heights Meditation went on retreat in the frosty Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. This first winter retreat was a total delight and achieved so much in so little time that our sangha has decided to schedule three more retreats over the next year and a half. You are invited to attend each retreat!
The three upcoming retreats will be from March 17 - 19th, 2017 (3 days and two nights at the Heathen Hill Retreat Center in Franklin, NY), September 15 - 17th, 2017 (3 days and two nights at the Won Dharma Retreat Center outside Hudson, NY) and February 16-19th, 2018 (four days and three nights on a long weekend at Heathen Hill).
Our three retreats will be thematically bound together. "Going Forth--Taking Meditation into Your Daily Life" will be the overarching theme. At each retreat we will approach this challenge from different perspectives. You can participate in as many of the retreats as you want. Attendance at one or two will be independent of attendance at the others.
Laurel Beversdorf, who accompanied the sangha on its first retreat this past February at Heathen Hill, will be along for at least some of the three retreats and will again bring gentle motion into our midst.
Friends and fellow meditators, we hope you can attend one or more or these upcoming special events. We expect that many who attended our first retreat will eagerly sign up for the coming Heights Meditation retreats in 2017 and 2018. Please mark your calendars now if you are interested in coming along. More information will be forthcoming in September and October and enrollment for one and all of the retreats will then begin.
Thank you and see you soon.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Heights Meditation's Time Project: Spring Meditation Walk & Social Hour, Saturday morning, April 9th
New York NY 10040
At the end of every quarter, as a way of tracking the passage of time and underscoring the meaning of change in our lives, Heights Meditation members come together, go outside, walk around, look up and look down, and meditate. During the 45 minutes or so that we're underway, we walk in silence, slowly, and pay attention to life. Sometimes we stop and sit and close our eyes. Other times we walk in silence and let the fact that we're alive (and conscious of it) sink in.
That's no small thing, to let consciousness observe and take good care of itself. Another term for it is: waking up!
You have to ask yourself: when was the last time that you took the time to slow down and look and savor--actually look and savor--the world manifesting around us? Sometimes when you answer that question honestly, you will say: I haven't really done that since I was a child.
If you've ever observed Heights Meditation members walking through our Washington Heights neighborhood on one of our silent meditative walks, you'll have seen a group of people picking their way across the city landscape, stopping occasionally to sit in front of a river or an empty playground or a wall of yellow bricks. You'll have heard the gently jangling cow bell, the only sound we make as we move across a piece of northern Manhattan. The gentle jangles call us continually back to the present, to the now! now! now! that is the heart of the meditator's work.
This Saturday, April 9th, we will hold the annual Spring Walk followed by a get together in a private apartment. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with each other after our recent retreat upstate and to welcome spring and new meditators into our midst!
Here's the details. Please RSVP to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com if you intend to participate in the walk and/or the get together which will follow the walk. If you'd like to make a contribution to the get together (food or drink), please also let us know.
Annual Silent Meditation Walk
Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 AM sharp
(Meditators: please note time change, this walking meditation replaces the usual 8:00 AM sitt)
Meeting place: Cornerstone Center, West 189th Street and Bennett Avenue(A train to 181st Street or 1 train to 190th)
Social Hour: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Location TBD).
We look forward to seeing old friends and new friends on this occasion. Please bring along a friend if you like!
Thank you and see you Saturday!
Sunday, February 14, 2016
February 5-7, 2016Meditation & Gentle Movement Retreat, February 5 - 7th, 2016Heathen Hill Yoga CenterFranklin, NYMovement Teacher Laurel Beversdorf and Meditation Teacher James Loney are hosting a very special winter weekend Retreat this February. You are invited !
The end of January and the beginning of February are potentially 'tough' times in the lives of many residing in the Northeast. Nights are long and dreary and days are cold and snowy. For these reasons but also simply because life is short, you may feel you owe it to yourself to go away on a short replenishing Retreat with others similarly minded this year. We think the dead of winter is one of the best of times to take a "mindful pause" and go into Retreat. These three days together will be a time to slow down, a time to take measure, a time to create for yourself a profound peace and transportable happiness in the company of friends new and old.
What are you waiting for?
Each day on this wonderful Retreat includes periods of mindful movement, guided meditation, and the opportunity to relax and explore ten secluded acres of rolling hills and sweeping vistas surrounding the venue site. If you prefer, you can stay in your room and read a good thick novel or fall asleep in front of a fire. There's a hot tub and lots of good cheer in the kitchen, too!
The $385 charge for this remarkable retreat includes all meals. We request you please bring your own beverages.
Arrival: after 4pm on Friday, February 5th.
Departure: 3 pm Sunday, February 7th.
$385 lodging and meals; please add an additional $60 if you need transporation to and from the Retreat Center.
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Friday, January 1, 2016
Washington Heights New Year's Day Special Walking Meditation with Following Social
January 1st, 2016 is upon us and it's now time to sketch out for you plans for one of Heights Meditation's most popular and quietly spectacular events, the Fourth Annual Washington Heights New Year's Day Silent Meditation Walk.
This year, as in past, we will be silently processing as a loose group through some of the bucolic and urban areas of our neighborhood overlooking the Hudson River. What a beautiful and mindful way to bring in a new year, walking slowly and studying with focus and exhilaration all manifestations in the cold clear air of a New Year's Day!
Washington Heights New Year's Day Silent Meditation Walk + Potluck
Event Date: New Year's Day afternoon, Friday, January 1st, 2016
Time: 3:00 sharp - 6:00 PM
You and your friends and family are most welcome to attend both the silent walk and the following social. Or just attend the part (walk or social) that most appeals to you. Either way we'd love to see you among us on this most propitious and auspicious day of the year!
Where: The walk will begin punctually at 196 Pinehurst Avenue in 10033 (A and 1 trains to 181st) at 3:00 PM. Please plan on arriving a bit early to ensure you are in place for the 3:00 PM kick off. From our start point we will silently process as a loose group accompanied only by the random clangs of a cowbell through areas high above and overlooking the Hudson River. We will walk for approximately 45 minutes, stopping only once on a vantage point to sit and meditate overlooking the river.
Conditions: Please dress warmly. In the event of rain, the walk will proceed as planned but should it rain or snow, we will contact you on the day of the event with further information.
Social Event: Following the walk, at or around 4:00 PM on New Year's Day, Heights Meditation will hold a social hour at 196 Pinehurst Avenue. This potluck dinner and the earlier silent walk are RSVP events. Please send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday,, December 31st for final details regarding this amazing afternoon.
Friday, January 1, 2016
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