Transforming the Mind and Healing the Heart:

Reflections on Suffering

Common Ground's 26th Annual Year-End Retreat

December 27th - 31st, 2018

Led by Mark Nunberg and Wynn Fricke

Please join us for our 26th annual Year End Retreat. This non-residential retreat begins on Thursday, December 27th at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at 12 noon on Monday, December 31st. The retreat includes sitting and walking meditation, guided qigong sessions, questions and answers, and evening talks. There will be an opportunity for people to sign-up for practice interviews with a teacher. This annual retreat focuses on the uncovering of freedom and compassion in one’s daily life. Register before the end of the day on Monday, November 12th to be included in the lottery. This retreat is a wonderful way to end the year and bring in the New Year with insight and peace.

Typical Daily Schedule (Remember the retreat begins on Thursday morning, December 27th at 9:00 a.m.)

6:30 – 7:50 a.m. Optional sitting and walking meditation
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Chanting and guided sitting meditation
8:45 - 9:10 a.m. Group walking meditation
9:10 - 9:50 a.m. Sitting meditation
9:50 - 10:30 a.m. Guided Qigong or walking practice
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Sitting meditation (Group A meets)
11:10 - 11:30 a.m. Group walking meditation
11:30 - 12:10 p.m. Sitting meditation (Group B meets)
12:10 - 1:35 p.m. Mindful lunch, work time, study time and rest
1:35 - 2:10 p.m. Chanting and Sitting meditation
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. Group walking meditation
2:30 – 3:10 p.m. Sitting meditation (small group C meets)
3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Group walking meditation
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Guided Compassion & Equanimity Meditation and Q&A 
4:15  - 6:30 p.m. Afternoon independent practice time
4:20 – 5:15 p.m. Yoga Class taught by Nancy Boler
5:20 – 6:30 p.m. Optional evening meal and cleanup 
6:30 – 7:10 p.m. Group Sitting meditation
7:10 - 7:30 p.m. Group walking meditation
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Evening talk and discussion
8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Group walking meditation
8:45 - 9:15 p.m. Group sitting and chanting
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Optional sitting and walking time

If there is enough interest and sufficient volunteers, a light meal will be served at 5:15 p.m. for those staying at the center during the 4-6:30 independent practice time. Retreatants will need to bring a bag lunch.