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A Hybrid Weekend Retreat with Susie Harrington

 A Balanced Heart: Compassion and Equanimity

A Hybrid Weekend Retreat with Susie Harrington

We live in challenging times. Meeting the world and the myriad conditions is a life skill and a spiritual practice.  Through Insight meditation practice, we are given the opportunity to see the many patterns and habits of mind that keep us isolated and separate from our experiences and the world.  As we dismantle these patterns, our hearts soften, our capacity to see clearly increases, and we are touched and can touch the world more directly.  With the protective strategies softened, the story of me becomes more transparent, and our hearts contact the 10,000 joys and the 10,000 sorrows. To be touched is a blessing, to be alive and connected is a tender and transformative experience. With intimacy and connection, we feel the suffering of the world, with an open heart, compassion arises in response to that suffering. Compassion is the whole-hearted and balanced connection and understanding of the difficulties of life - our own and those of others. Equanimity, in combination with compassion, allows for heartfelt connection while maintaining balance, as we experience the joys and sorrows of our own lives and those of the world we care about. 

On this weekend retreat we will explore seeing through the isolating identify of self and allowing the goodness of our hearts to meet the world.  This silent meditation retreat will have sitting and walking practice, as well a small group meetings with the teacher and dharma talks.  

Susie Harrington

Susie Harrington has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited to teach. While her root tradition is with Thai Forest and Burmese lineages of Theravadan Buddhism, she has also practiced extensively with Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachers. She teaches internationally, is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, and serves communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and she brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface from her training in HakomiTherapy and the Diamond Approach. Believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self, she often offers retreats outside. For more information:

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 9:00AM - 4:00PM PDT
Sunday, June 30, 2024  9:00 AM - 4:00PM 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!

Before registering for in-person attendance, please read the general protocol HERE

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, June 28th at noon.

More Information:

For information on attending a retreat at WHS, please read our Retreats webpage.

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, June 29, 2024, 9:00 AM until Sunday, June 30, 2024, 4:00 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, June 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only