Mindfulness Immersed in the Body – 

An Embodied Awakening

Common Ground's Annual Non-Residential Year-End Retreat

December 26th - 31st, 2019

Led by Mark Nunberg and Shelly Graf

Please join us for our 27th annual Year End Retreat. This non-residential retreat begins on Thursday, December 26th at 7 p.m.  and will conclude at 12 noon on Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, November 5th 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 evening, December 26th at 7:00 p.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
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.


In this retreat we will use the Buddha’s teachings on Mindfulness of the Body as the working ground for our wisdom awareness practice. In the Rohitassa Sutta, the Buddha states that “it is in this fathom-long body with its perception and mind that I describe the world, its origin, its cessation, and the practice that leads to its cessation.” Awareness of body provides the appropriate grounding for our insight practice. It is safe to say that there is no freedom without freedom with this body.

Dana (Generosity):

Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground are offered free of charge in the spirit of generosity. This offering is possible because of the generosity of people like you—from the Buddha on down to all the people in our community—who contribute their practice, time, and financial resources to support the continuation of the center.

You can read more about this practice of freely giving and receiving here.