White Heron Sangha

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness - Weekend Retreat with Sally Armstrong

  • 04 Aug 2018
  • 9:30 AM
  • 05 Aug 2018
  • 3:30 PM
  • White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach
  • 70


  • The retreat fee covers both days but does not include a payment to the teacher. The teachings are given on a donation basis only. Please be generous with your offering to the teacher. Details for the teacher donation will be provided at the retreat.
  • * The retreat price is $50, but if you can't afford the full retreat fee, please pay what you can. If you pay online, enter the amount you're able to pay and an adjustment will be made to the invoice later.
  • Help with retreat tasks before, during, or after retreat in lieu of fee. Contact Sharon Rippner: (805) 909-0405.

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two-day non-residential retreat with Sally Armstrong at our White Heron Meditation Center in Avila Village.

The Satipatthana Sutta: the discourse in which the Buddha describes the path of mindfulness practice known as The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, all you need to know and practice to reach full enlightenment

In this retreat we will use the text of the Satipatthana Sutta as the basis for our meditation, as it covers all aspects of our experience: from awareness of the body in formal meditation and in our daily activities to profound teachings on wisdom and awakening. This Path begins with simple awareness of the breath and the body and progresses to very subtle understandings about how the mind works. 

The Four Foundations are Mindfulness of the Body, of Feeling Tone, of Mental States (including moods and emotions) and of Mind Objects. The Fourth Foundation is one that we often don’t formally teach, as it is fairly complex, and includes being aware of the conditions that allow certain mind states or experiences to arise and to cease. However, it is in learning how to practice this Fourth Foundation that our meditation can become very alive. We will learn practices that are not just useful in formal meditation sessions, but can help us to increase our access to beautiful states of mind like joy or equanimity, and decrease difficult reactions like aversion or greed, in order to bring more happiness and less suffering into our everyday lives.

This retreat is suitable for both new and more experienced meditators, as we will cover the whole range of instructions for Insight meditation practice, from an introduction to breath and body meditations, to contemplations on the mind and emotions. We will follow a format of silent sitting and walking practice, and the talks and instructions will follow the progression of teachings as outlined above. There will be group and individual practice meetings, guided meditations and time for questions and answers.

Sally Armstrong began practicing Vipassana Meditation in India in 1981. She spent five years in England, where she managed a retreat center and was a founding member of the Sharpham meditation community. When she moved to California in 1988, she continued her dharma service at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in a number of roles, including executive director. Sally began teaching in 1996 and is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has also led the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock for the past 12 years.

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:30AM - 3:30PM

Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail: 
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.

$50, ($25 for young adults) for both days, which covers the expenses of the Sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.

Plan on attending both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings. Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. 

The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. 

You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 870, Morro Bay, CA 93443. Pre-registration and payment are required, as space is limited for this retreat.  Registration fee will be refunded in full if notice is received at least one week prior to retreat.  

Bring your lunch and a cup, if possible. Tea and light snacks will be provided. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. For questions, contact Carole Maurer, camaurer@sbcglobal.net.


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