Tranquility and Insight

Common Ground's 2018 Labor Day Residential Retreat

Led by Mark Nunberg, Shelly Graf, and Wynn Fricke 
(Mark will be there the whole time, Wynn will be there the first weekend, and Shelly will be there for the second half.)

Saturday, August 25th, 5pm - Monday, September 3rd, 1pm


This retreat is offered freely. This generosity is possible because of the contributions offered by retreatants. Metta Meditation Center offers their space with a suggested daily donation. You can find more details here

Please join us for this nine-day mindfulness retreat at the Metta Meditation Center located on beautiful Lake Elysian near Janesville, MN (90 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities), Saturday Evening, August 25th, to Monday afternoon, September 3rd. Common Ground is committed to doing our best to ensure that these retreats are accessible and safe for all people. After reading through this information, please let us know if you have any special needs, questions or concerns.

Leaving behind our homes, family and friends, and our duties and responsibilities can be a powerful support for deepening insight. In a quiet country setting, with a simple schedule of sitting and walking meditation, practicing noble silence, the mind naturally begins to quiet down. A quiet, serene mind is capable of seeing clearly in a way that is often not available during our busy lives. Clear seeing or insight uproots the confusion behind the cycles of stress and suffering.

Structure

This retreat will include daily dharma talks and instruction, guided mindful movement sessions, practice interviews with the teacher and opportunities for questions and discussion. Retreatants will be encouraged to sign up for a daily mindful work period ("yogi jobs"). Volunteers will prepare all meals and keep the center clean. (In addition, a few volunteers will be needed to arrive early to help set up, or stay late to help clean up.) To support the practice of mindfulness and to minimize distractions, the retreat will be held in silence. As much as possible retreatants should refrain from speaking, eye contact or gestures with others, and reading or writing during the retreat. The practice of Noble Silence can be a powerful support for deepening insight.


Teachers/Leaders

Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the center’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practiced as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.

Shelly Graf has been practicing at Common Ground since 2003. They are currently being trained by Insight Meditation Society as part of the four-year teacher training program. They are a staff dharma teacher, like Mark Nunberg, the Guiding Teacher. Currently they teach a variety of programs at the center including co-leading residential retreats with Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke. Shelly’s administrative role includes partnering with the Guiding Teacher to develop and clarify the center’s vision, policies, and priorities. Professionally, Shelly has been a clinician and administrator in the Social Work and mental health fields since 2005. They have a special interest in waking up to whiteness as part of this total path of awakening. Whatever Shelly’s role may be, they will always be a grateful student of Buddhist Practice first. 

Wynn Fricke is co-founder of Common Ground Meditation Center, where she served on the board for nine years and continues as an active leader and practitioner. She has practiced extensively in the Thai Forest and Mahasi Sayadaw traditions and has taught movement as part of Marcia Rose’s Self-No Self and the Creative Process Retreat. Wynn is president of the Buddhist Insight Network, a non-profit organization that serves as a resource for Insight teachers and sanghas across the country. She is a professional choreographer and directs the dance program at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Registration Priority Policy

Common Ground is committed to giving priority for registration to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, trans, and gender-non-conforming. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for members of these communities who often don’t see themselves represented in the community or in teaching roles. We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world. To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or gabe@commongroundmeditation.org. We welcome feedback on any aspect of this policy.  

Common Ground Meditation Center
2700 E. 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
phone: (612) 722-8260
www.commongroundmeditation.org