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    • 17 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Mindful Consumption—Exploring Why What You Eat, Drink, and Otherwise Consume Matters 

    Teacher: Susan Stone

    The precepts are fundamental ethical guidelines for sane and joyous living. In a world filled with competing views and an overabundance of choices, the five precepts provide a commonsense framework, a trellis, that guides our efforts and promotes integrity and well-being. As part of our series focusing on the precepts, tonight we will focus on mindful consumption. One formulation of this precept is, in part: Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming.

    Following a guided meditation, Susan will offer brief introductory comments. Then we will form into small groups in which you will be invited to share your views about mindful consumption and its application in your life. Those who prefer to simply listen rather than actively participate will be welcome to do so. To help stimulate your thoughts, a list of questions about mindful consumption are attached here. You may wish to download this. A few copies will be available at our session. An evening for all, whether you’re new to spiritual practice or a seasoned practitioner.


    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 23 Jan 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Common Ground
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    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation : 6-Week Class

    IMCC will offer a six-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class open to anyone who is new to meditation or who would like to establish a regular practice of mindfulness and Insight Meditation. 

    The class will cover introductions to mindfulness of the breath, the body, emotions, and thoughts. There will be instruction, guided practice together, and time for discussion and addressing participants questions. Regular home meditation practice is an integral part of the course. 

    Teacher: David Silver

    Cost$95 which includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  No one will be turned away due to insufficient funds. A sliding scale is available.

    Schedule: Monday evenings, January 23-February 27.
    The first class will be 7-9 pm, and the remainder 7-8:30 pm.

    Class size: 20

    Location:
    Common Ground Healing Arts Center

    233 4th St NW #219
    Charlottesville, VA

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    $95 and includes a copy of Gil Fronsdal's book The Issue at Hand.  
    • 24 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Non-Harming

    The Buddha taught the precepts, not as an arbitrary set of rules, but as a crucial part of a skillful path of freedom from suffering. Following the precepts, he taught, leads to sane and joyous living that binds all beings together by cultivating goodheartedness, compassion and restraint.  Beginning January 10th, IMCC teachers will offer a 7 week series of Tuesday night talks on these five precepts, inviting us all to explore together the awareness and commitment that helps us to avoid causing harm as we cultivate safety and well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. 

    In this series, we will investigate the meaning and practice of wise restraint throughout our lives: What is harmful speech and how might we more fully speak in wisdom, truth and compassion? How can we bear in mind the more subtle implications of the intention to refrain from killing—for example, refraining from actions that diminish others? What is compassionate or harmful in sexual relations? At a time when many of our planet’s natural resources are being exhausted, what does it mean to you to use only your fair share?  On February 21, at the end of the series, there will be a community discussion and  an opportunity to join with others in affirming our commitment to making the precepts a living presence in our lives.

    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 26 Jan 2017
    • 23 Mar 2017
    • Fontaine Research Park

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
    (UVA Mindfulness Center)

    Dates: Thursdays, January 26–March 23 

    Time: 9:30am–12noon

    Daylong Retreat: Saturday, March 11 

    Location: 560 Ray C. Hunt Dr, Charlottesville, VA

    Registration and information:  med.virginia.edu/mindfulness-center

    Questions?  Contact Teresa Miller                                                     

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a practice-based, interactive learning course that can alter the impact of human conditions such as anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, hypertension and sleep disturbances.

    Becoming aware of sensations in the body, thoughts and feelings, in a way that suspends judgment and self-criticism, can have surprising results. Many people report finding inner strengths that help them make wiser decisions 

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    • 31 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Taking Only What is Freely Given

    The Buddha taught the precepts, not as an arbitrary set of rules, but as a crucial part of a skillful path of freedom from suffering. Following the precepts, he taught, leads to sane and joyous living that binds all beings together by cultivating goodheartedness, compassion and restraint.  Beginning January 10th, IMCC teachers will offer a 7 week series of Tuesday night talks on these five precepts, inviting us all to explore together the awareness and commitment that helps us to avoid causing harm as we cultivate safety and well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. 

    In this series, we will investigate the meaning and practice of wise restraint throughout our lives: What is harmful speech and how might we more fully speak in wisdom, truth and compassion? How can we bear in mind the more subtle implications of the intention to refrain from killing—for example, refraining from actions that diminish others? What is compassionate or harmful in sexual relations? At a time when many of our planet’s natural resources are being exhausted, what does it mean to you to use only your fair share?  On February 21, at the end of the series, there will be a community discussion and  an opportunity to join with others in affirming our commitment to making the precepts a living presence in our lives.

    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 07 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Wholesome sexual energy

    The Buddha taught the precepts, not as an arbitrary set of rules, but as a crucial part of a skillful path of freedom from suffering. Following the precepts, he taught, leads to sane and joyous living that binds all beings together by cultivating goodheartedness, compassion and restraint.  Beginning January 10th, IMCC teachers will offer a 7 week series of Tuesday night talks on these five precepts, inviting us all to explore together the awareness and commitment that helps us to avoid causing harm as we cultivate safety and well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. 

    In this series, we will investigate the meaning and practice of wise restraint throughout our lives: What is harmful speech and how might we more fully speak in wisdom, truth and compassion? How can we bear in mind the more subtle implications of the intention to refrain from killing—for example, refraining from actions that diminish others? What is compassionate or harmful in sexual relations? At a time when many of our planet’s natural resources are being exhausted, what does it mean to you to use only your fair share?  On February 21, at the end of the series, there will be a community discussion and  an opportunity to join with others in affirming our commitment to making the precepts a living presence in our lives.


    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map
    • 12 Feb 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Common Ground

    LETTING GO OF SUFFERING

    THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS 

    AS THE PATH TO WHOLENESS:

    CULTIVATING RESILIENCY,  CLEAR SEEING  

    AND  LOVING KINDNESS

    Offered by:  Holly Robedeau, Teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville

     “…..certain habits of the mind ”hook” us and get us stuck in states of anger, anxiety, blame, and self-hatred. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better.”  ~ Pema Chodron

    This silent retreat will include a variety of guided and silent meditations, talks, walking meditation, and a period for sharing and questions.  New and experienced meditators are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes with layers so you may adapt to changing airflow etc.   Healthy snacks and water, as well as cushions and chairs will be provided.  If you have your own cushion, please bring it just in case.

    PRE-REGISTRATION: To register email instructor Holly Robedeau at: robedehg@gmail.com.

    FEE: $25.  Please send check or cash with your name and telephone number (in case of cancellation due to weather) by February 7 to Holly Robedeau, Psychologist, 3040 Berkmar Dr., Suite A, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

    Please arrive at 12:15pm so we may start on time.

    Common Grounds Healing Arts is located at:
    Jefferson School City Center 
    233 W. 4th Street, Suite 219
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
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    Free parking is available.

    • 14 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Wise and Wholesome Speech

    The Buddha taught the precepts, not as an arbitrary set of rules, but as a crucial part of a skillful path of freedom from suffering. Following the precepts, he taught, leads to sane and joyous living that binds all beings together by cultivating goodheartedness, compassion and restraint.  Beginning January 10th, IMCC teachers will offer a 7 week series of Tuesday night talks on these five precepts, inviting us all to explore together the awareness and commitment that helps us to avoid causing harm as we cultivate safety and well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. 

    In this series, we will investigate the meaning and practice of wise restraint throughout our lives: What is harmful speech and how might we more fully speak in wisdom, truth and compassion? How can we bear in mind the more subtle implications of the intention to refrain from killing—for example, refraining from actions that diminish others? What is compassionate or harmful in sexual relations? At a time when many of our planet’s natural resources are being exhausted, what does it mean to you to use only your fair share?  On February 21, at the end of the series, there will be a community discussion and  an opportunity to join with others in affirming our commitment to making the precepts a living presence in our lives.

    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map


    • 21 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Q&A Wrap Up and Discussion

    The Buddha taught the precepts, not as an arbitrary set of rules, but as a crucial part of a skillful path of freedom from suffering. Following the precepts, he taught, leads to sane and joyous living that binds all beings together by cultivating goodheartedness, compassion and restraint.  Beginning January 10th, IMCC teachers will offer a 7 week series of Tuesday night talks on these five precepts, inviting us all to explore together the awareness and commitment that helps us to avoid causing harm as we cultivate safety and well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. 

    In this series, we will investigate the meaning and practice of wise restraint throughout our lives: What is harmful speech and how might we more fully speak in wisdom, truth and compassion? How can we bear in mind the more subtle implications of the intention to refrain from killing—for example, refraining from actions that diminish others? What is compassionate or harmful in sexual relations? At a time when many of our planet’s natural resources are being exhausted, what does it mean to you to use only your fair share?  On February 21, at the end of the series, there will be a community discussion and  an opportunity to join with others in affirming our commitment to making the precepts a living presence in our lives.


    Location:
    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Bob Hodge, guiding teacher at Whitehall Meditation will be a guest speaker on February 28.  Guided meditation will be followed by a dharma talk.


    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
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    • 03 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 1:30 PM
    • Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA

    Waking Up in Real Life: Practices for Mind, Body and Heart with Trisha Stotler and Jeffrey Fracher, PhD.

    Registration is open: http://bit.ly/2euDxHF

    How do we bring the expansive qualities of mind, body and heart that we cultivate on the cushion into the messy and often difficult places--the "muddy water"--in which we find ourselves, and our world? How do we abide in peace, joy and equanimity in the middle of real life?

    This silent Vipassana meditation retreat will focus on teachings and practices for mind, body and heart that are both imminently practical, and deeply sacred. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as opportunities for daily yoga/movement.

    We invite you to join us as we sit with these questions together in supportive community at the beautiful Sevenoaks Retreat Center. Comfortable rooms, 200 acres of walking trails and delicious homemade meals provide a truly special environment for this practice.



    • 21 Mar 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • JABA

    Hugh Byrne will be visiting IMCC on March 21.  He will lead meditation followed by a dharma talk.




    Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA)
    674 Hillsdale Drive
    Charlottesville, VA
    Map

    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Shalom House Retreat Center, Hanover County, Virginia

    Awareness and Release: Practicing with Difficult Emotions

    with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis K. Hicks


    Much of the time as humans we live, not so much in life as in our mental patterns, our conditioned views about life. When an internal or external experience arises, we meet it with a mind state, a thought, an emotion or a whole story that colors the actual experience and leads to distorted views of reality and, ultimately to suffering. The practice of mindfulness reveals this process directly and opens the door to cultivating embodied awareness, spaciousness, non-identification and release. We discover the relief of a mind at peace; we learn to work with difficult emotions as discreet phenomena that come, go, and change.

    In this Insight Dialogue retreat we will practice silent meditation and, together, the contemplations of Insight Dialogue in which we will explore our moment-to-moment experience while meditating in dialogue with others. This dialogue practice can open us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in our own personal perceptions. Meditating together, we discover and investigate the mind's constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and for freedom. 

    Click here for more information about the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue.

    24.5 CEs available for Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors

    Click here for additional information or to register.





    • 12 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, Virginia

    The Heart of Awakening

    Our world cries out for healing, for peace. Our spiritual practice reminds us that true peace isn't to be found "out there" but is already imminent for each of us in our own being.  In this retreat we will practice allowing our hearts and minds to open unconditionally to life and to our experience just as it is. We will inquire deeply into the forces that constrict our minds and hearts and that keep us from resting in the natural kindness, care and compassion for all that arises when the mind is at peace.

    In May 2017 we will return to the Serenity Ridge retreat center in Nelson County for a silent residential retreat. Our guest teacher will be internationally renowned meditation teacher Ajahn Thanasanti who will be joined by IMCC's Sharon Beckman-Brindley.


    This retreat will be an opportunity for you to establish, re-discover, or deepen your contemplative practice.  It is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators. Through the skilled guidance of our teachers, you will be supported in exploring, healing, and transforming your relationship with yourself and all of creation. 

    So that participants may fully experience the benefits of the teachings and our practice, the retreatants will maintain silence, except for question/answer periods and meetings with the teachers. We will alternate sitting practice with walking meditation, and daily mindful movement classes will be offered.

    A collection of information on our residential retreats, including a link and map for the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, travel directions, short descriptions on what to expect on retreat, what to bring and other details and advice can be found at IMCC's  residential retreat resources page. 

    Registration Fees and Accommodations

    The type of accommodation you request will determine the cost of your attendance, which you will select on the registration page. (Click the 'register' button to the left on this page.) The cost is inclusive of all of your meals and snacks, tea and coffee.

    Early Registration: The discounted early registration rate is in effect until February 1, 2017.  To receive the discounted rate, payment in full must be made at the time of registration.  

    Regular Registration: After February 1, rates will increase by 5%. A 50% deposit will be due upon registration. The balance will be due by April 14, 2017. Your registration is not complete until your 50% deposit has been received.

    Room assignments are on a first come, first served basis, and assignments are dependent upon availability. Early registration assures best room assignment.

    For those camping, Serenity Ridge has a number of gravel tent pads in the woods north of the meditation hall: in the past, tents pitched have remained dry even after successive days of rain. Indoor showers and restrooms are located about fifty yards from the camping area.

    Financial Aid and Contributions

    As you know, expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to an IMCC retreat cannot afford the cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons. 

    If you require financial support from IMCC, please see the information and application on our residential retreat resources page. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.

    If you would like to make a donation to the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you may do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request. 

    Refund Policy

    If your plans change, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list for the retreat. Requests for refunds will be considered before April 14, 2017. We are unable to offer refunds after that date due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. Refunds will be less a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellation fees support our scholarship fund. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.

    Dana

    Retreat fees cover the cost of room, board, and facility fees. No part of the fee covers payment to the teachers. Teachers are dependent on dana, which are contributions from those attending the retreat. You will have an opportunity to make a dana payment to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

    Please note:

    If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond our scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. Should  you have any questions about this, please contact the retreat manager. 

    Retreat Manager

    Please direct any questions regarding the registration process or the retreat to our Retreat Manager, Laura DeVault, at info.imccspring17@gmail.com.


    Location:
    Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
    554 Drumheller Ln
    Shipman, VA 22971

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IMCC is a nonprofit organization established in 1996. Its primary mission is to promote the instruction and practice of Buddhist Insight Meditation and related teachings that awaken an individual’s natural wisdom and compassion. IMCC is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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