In January of this year, I accepted the position as the retreat committee chair for our sangha. This committee invites teachers and plans our weekend retreats. We had five retreats planned for this year and the committee chair role looked relatively straight forward. Little did I know…!
We started 2020 with a wonderful retreat/workshop led by Oren Jay Sofer. Our next scheduled retreat with Donald Rothberg at the beginning of April had to be canceled due to our needing to physically distance with one another. Then, with the uncertainty of things continuing in regard to gathering in person, we offered our first online retreat the weekend of June 27-28 with Ayya Santacitta and Venerable Dhammadipa. This was a whole new format for White Heron and required extra work, meeting time, discussion and planning. I am grateful for the many hands and combined wisdom in figuring out how to do this in a meaningful way and one that continues to support our sangha. Thanks to the retreat committee and their willingness to step up, this was a wonderful and heartfelt weekend and came off without a hitch. The response from those who attended was all positive.
Our next weekend online retreat will be on September 26-27 with one of the founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, James Baraz. This will also be another wonderful opportunity to learn how to make the dharma part of your daily life. I hope you will give this new venue a try and learn ways that you can make your home a “retreat environment." Even though we won’t be able to be together physically, we can be together virtually and support one another in this way. You’ll still need to register so please see the email announcement you received or the James Baraz retreat event page. Hope to see you there.
This quarter will also feature a weekend online retreat on November 7-8 with Amana Johnson, teacher-in-training with Spirit Rock. Details will be posted soon on the website for this retreat.