IMCC Fall Residential Retreat:
Cultivating a Heart Unshaken
with Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Hugh Byrne
September 20-23, 2018
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
Nelson County, Virginia
When we encounter difficulties, we can be tempted to lose heart and imagine that something is wrong. In our spiritual practice, however, we are invited to see and to deeply investigate these moments as blessings and powerful learning opportunities. The Dharma guides us to cultivate wholesome attitudes: qualities of mind and heart that support our opening to change and challenge as wonderful and happy practice. With these, we are able to discover ever deeper and more creative possibilities, developing steadfast and peace-filled presence in our relations with our internal and external worlds.
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 noble 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.
Sharon Beckman-Brindley Hugh Byrne
Registration Fees and Accommodations
Registration fees (on the left hand side of this page) vary based on when you register and what type of accommodation you select. Prices include all meals, snacks, tea and coffee. Pricing does not include voluntary dana contributions for the teachers.
During the early registration period (through July 7), fees are discounted, but must be paid in full at the time of registration. Room assignments are made 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.
If your plans change and you are unable to attend the retreat, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list. Requests for refunds will be considered before August 20. A $50 fee will be charged for all cancellations; these fees are donated to our scholarship fund. We are unable to offer refunds after August 20 due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.
Financial Aid and Contributions
If you are in need of financial support from IMCC, please complete the scholarship application form before registering. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.
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 would like to make a donation to the IMCC Fred Meyer Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you will have the opportunity to do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request. Residential Retreat Resources
A collection of information on 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.
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.
If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond 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: Laura DeVault
Assistant Retreat Manager: Liz Reynolds
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
554 Drumheller Ln
Shipman, VA 22971