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A Weekend Retreat with Vance Pryor

A Relaxed and Persistent Awareness

A Weekend Retreat with Vance Pryor 

Sayadaw U Tejaniya, monastic and meditation instructor, emphasized the importance of both retreat practice and bringing meditation into our daily lives in order to foster well-being and greater freedom from distress. 

An essential ingredient in developing wisdom through meditation is to learn to bring a gentle and sustained awareness to each dimension of our lived experience. This practice allows us to notice and understand the habits of emotion and thought which lead to inner contentiousness and distress. With this greater awareness and understanding, inner contentiousness and distress decrease and we become able to relate more skillfully when engaging others in the world.

This non-residential weekend will emphasize development of this gentle and sustained awareness in your practice, provide ways to think about your practice, notice your attitude of mind when meditating, and provide instruction on how to foster continuity of awareness with a degree of effort that can feel sustainable day to day.

Vance Pryor, PsyD, began insight meditation in 1998. He has been deeply influenced by the teachings of  Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Sayadaw U Pandita. His training to become a teacher has been supported by the mentorship of Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters. He is a recent graduate of the Insight Meditation Society's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

For more information about Vance Pryor, please see
Saturday, August 26, 2023 9:30AM - 4:30PM PDT
Sunday, August 27, 2023  9:30 AM - 3:30PM PDT


On Zoom: 
**An email with a link to the Retreat Home Page will be sent to all registrants the day before the retreat begins. The Retreat Home Page will include the Zoom link and other retreat details.

In-Person:  In-person participation will take place at the White Heron Sangha meditation center in Avila Village behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail. Parking is alongside the buildings. Please do not park in front of the Woodstone Marketplace!  
Attendance will be limited due to covid.

Before registering for in-person attendance, please read the general protocol HEREFor retreats, Covid testing will be mandatory on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  If you test positive, you will be required to attend on Zoom.

Dana: The teachings are offered freely. The retreat registration 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 and will be on the retreat home page. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Plan on attending both days in order to fully appreciate the teachings. 

Registration: You must register online. Use the Register Now link. If you are a member, make sure to log in to the website before registering to get the membership price. Payment can be made by credit card, or you can send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 313, Avila Beach, CA 93424. Pre-registration and payment are required. The registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the retreat. Registration closes on Friday, August 25th at noon.

More Information:

More information about White Heron Sangha retreats

Tea and light snacks will be provided; please bring a cup. Retreatants will provide their own lunch. 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. 

Saturday, August 26, 2023, 9:30 AM until Sunday, August 27, 2023, 3:30 PM
Hybrid - White Heron Sangha Meditation Center and Zoom
6615 Bay Laurel Pl.
Avila Beach, CA  93424

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Sharon A Rippner
Event Manager
Registration is required before Friday, August 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee