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    • 20 Jan 2019
    • (EST)
    • 16 Jan 2022
    • (EST)
    • 38 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha
    At or near each full moon each month, in lieu of the regular Sunday dharma discussion, we renew our commitment to practicing the Buddhist Precepts, which involves a short and musical chant, followed by a discussion of what is coming forward for each of us around this topic. The format we generally us is that of San Francisco Zen Center (you can read it here), but the dharma discussion leader for the day often brings a different version of format to enrich out perspective and conversation.

    The precepts in our usual format are:

    We take refuge in Buddha.
    We take refuge in Dharma.
    We take refuge in Sangha.

    We vow not to harm. 
    We vow to do good.
    We vow to help others to do good.

    We vow to affirm life and not kill.
    We vow to be giving and not take what is not freely given.
    We vow to honor the body and not engage in sexual misconduct.
    We vow to manifest truth and not speak falsely.
    We vow to proceed clearly and not cloud the mind with intoxicants.
    We vow to see only our own faults and not discuss the faults of others.
    We vow to know self and other as one and not praise oneself at others’ expense.
    We vow to share generously and not spare the Dharma assets.
    We vow to actualize harmony and not indulge in anger.
    We vow to know intimacy with all things and not defame the Three Treasures.
    • 05 May 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 05 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • 31 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha, Hospital Drive

    Many of us have issues that intersect with racism such as patriarchy, ageism, sexism, ableism; we see our exploration of these topics as a vital part of our practice.  We initiated our sangha work in this area with a pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery in March, 2019, and shortly thereafter established this group, which meets monthly to examine how we unknowingly participate in patriarchal white supremacy and find ways to address it in our lives.  Guided by the precepts, the brahmavihara, the Bodhisattva vows, and other teachings, we will weave our understanding of white supremacy into our practice as Buddhists.

    The format of the discussion is evolving, and will likely continue to do so, as the needs of the group and its members change. Whatever your background or history or identity, if you recognize this as an important area for your development, you are very welcome to join the group.

    • 22 Mar 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 25 Jun 2028
    • (EDT)
    • 100 sessions
    • Red Clay Sangha

    This regular monthly event is a drop-in group offering a supportive place to ask questions and to share our experience of the dharma. After a brief period of seated meditation, the group will begin with a reading or special topic, after which there is a lively and open group discussion.

    All who identify as women are welcome, from any spiritual background. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

    More information about the group and topics is available here.

    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Zoom
    • 6
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    About The Class

    The Five Aggregates are a conceptual framework that helps us understand what causes suffering and how to free ourselves from it. The Five Aggregates make up the totality of the way we experience the world and illustrate all three of the Buddha’s characteristics of existence: Impermanence, Suffering, and Anata (not-self). 

    In this session, we will slow our minds down and look at how the Five Aggregates work in our experience. A week before the session, I'll email registrants a few 5-10 minute exercises to practice at home in the days leading up to the session. We'll open the session on Saturday morning by discussing what we experienced and observed during our home practice sessions. Then we'll read through some sutta excerpts and commentary on the Five Aggregates and discuss those too. In the last third of the session, I'll walk us through some different exercises designed show us how the Five Aggregates construct our experiences (and our opinions!).


    When: Saturday, February 6th, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    How: The session is free and conducted over Zoom during the pandemic.

    Where: To attend the session: Click here to join. Alternatively go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

    About the Study Session Leader

    Elizabeth A. Gibson has been a Buddhist practitioner for 13 years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a technical writer and poet and has lived in Atlanta since 2009.

    Questions? Please email Elizabeth Gibson.

    • 16 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 20 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 0
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    Anapanasati Sutta Meditation Practice Group

    Six Monthly Zoom Sessions, Commencing February 16, 2021


    Overview: This six segment monthly program was developed in response to feedback during Red Clay Sangha's Fall 2020 Study Session on the Anapanasati Sutta. It is designed to help participants move more deeply into the practices described in the Anapanasati Sutta.

    When: Third Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., commencing Tuesday February 16, 2021.

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 742-046-943 password 076141.

    Session Format :

    6:30 - 7:05 p.m.: Discussion/Presentation/Q&A etc.

    7:05 - 7:55 p.m.: Sitting Meditation

    7:55 - 8:30 p.m.: Discussion/Presentation/Q&A etc.

    Tentative Topic Schedule by Session Date:

    February 16

    Welcome and Introductions

    Orientation

    Sutta Pt. 1 & 2: Breathing Mechanics and Energy

    March 16

    Overview of Anapanasati Sutta

    Approach Taken in this Program

    Sutta Pt. 3 & 4: Breath Energy and the Body

    April 20
    Sutta Pt. 5 & 6: Rapture, Absorption and the Jhanas
    May 18
    Sutta Pt. 7 & 8: The Narrative Ends
    June 15
    Sutta Pt. 9 - 12: Dropping off Body-Mind
    July 20

    Sutta Pt. 13 - 16: Insight,

    Making it Real, Bringing into Daily Life

    (Specific details may change.)

    The study package from the 2020 session include the Anapanasati Sutta and other materials useful for this program

    Registration, Attendance and Questions: This is designed as an integrated six part program. It is expected that participants will attend the full program, both for the integrity of the practice and out of respect for other participants. If you would like to register, have questions about being unable to attend a session (make up sessions can be provided where appropriate), or have questions about any other matter, please email Gareth Young.

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has formally studied in both the Insight and Zen traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well as other spiritual practices and other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally inclusive, open and welcoming.

    • 20 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom
    • 16
    Register

    "Refuge"

    A one-day online meditation retreat with Shodo Spring

    Saturday February 20, 2021   

    Traditionally Buddhists take refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. We'll discuss what that can mean in this time of fear, when so many people are literally refugees and when anyone of us might join them. How do we find refuge, and how do we offer refuge?

    In addition to leading the one-day retreat, Shodo will also be offering a dharma talk on the morning of Sunday Feb 21st, titled "Refuge"


    About Shodo Spring

    Shodo Spring is a Zen teacher and a Dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura Roshi. She is also an environmental activist, author, psychotherapist, and grandmother.  She led the Compassionate Earth Walk in 2013 and founded Mountains and Waters Alliance in 2015. Her study and teaching focus is on understanding and fully entering our relationship with all beings.

    Practices
    We will begin the day with an orientation to sesshin practice. If you are new to meditation practice and find the sitting periods too difficult, you are welcome to quietly take a break. 

    Please maintain silence. Please stay "muted" until called to speak.


    Facility
    This retreat will be held online via Zoom

    Zoom Call Details A dedicated Zoom call event will be created and details provided to participants in advance of the retreat.


    Lunch
    There will be a one hour break for lunch. Participants are encourage to use the break mindfully and to make no plans for administrative or household tasks, but rather to eat a healthy (light vegetarian) meal in silence, and spend the balance of the break in meditation, silent walking, or sitting silently in reflection or observing nature

    Cost

    To secure a place on the retreat, we ask you to make a donation of $20, 100% of which will be directed as dana (generosity) to the teacher. Since this will not be a significant amount for the teacher, we ask you to consider a more substantial donation at the retreat. Personal finances and dana are never a barrier to receiving the dharma with Red Clay Sangha, and full scholarships are available from our accumulated fund.


    Schedule
    8:30 - 9 Arrival/ open sitting
    9:00 Orientation
    9:20 Sitting 
    10:10 Walking 
    10:20 Dharma talk
    11:10 Walking
    11:20 Sitting
    12:10 Lunch and break
    1:00 Sitting (Private interviews)
    1:40 Walking
    1:50 Sitting
    2:30 Walking
    2:40 Discussion
    3:50 Sitting
    4:30 Closing circle
    5:00 End of day


    Questions or comments?

     Please contact Gareth Young at garethjohnyoung@gmail.com      

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Charli Vogt

    Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Charli Vogt [Bio to come]

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 25 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge, GA
    • 20

    Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald

    Wednesday April 21 - Sunday April 25, 2021
    Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge, GA


    Topic Info to Come


    Therese Fitzgerald

    Therese trained for eight years at the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers and then with Thich Nhat Hanh for fifteen years. She was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. Therese lives on the island of Maui, where she is a Dharma teacher and a hospice chaplain.


    Facility Heartwood Retreat Center is located 1 -1/2 hrs. from the city of Atlanta, 8 miles from the mountain town of Blue Ridge,  in a secluded cabin resort community with a small number of permanent residents.  There are 80+ acres to walk through, a swimmable spring-fed lake,  a sandy beach, outdoor eating and camping areas,  music stages,  gathering decks,  creeks and hills in one of the most bio diverse regions in the world.

    Accommodations You may choose a shared room in the lodge or tent camping on the grounds. Your chosen accommodation needs will be considered and roommate assignments are made by the organizers. Please be considerate to your roommate.

    What to Bring Please bring the following items with you:

    • Cushion and Mat: if you have your own meditation cushion, mat, blanket, etc., or your alternatively your own preferred chair or bench, please  bring  it with you. We will have spares: please let us know if you will need one;
    • Umbrella or rain jacket, warm jacket and sturdy shoes: we will have periods of outdoor group walking, and there are short on-property walks between the buildings;
    • Yoga mat (optional);
    • Coffee mug and water bottle (this simplifies keeping track of mugs around the lodge);
    • Flashlight (or headlamp): for walking between the buildings before and after dark.

    Meditation Hall The teacher will designate how the meditation hall is to be used, including AC, seating arrangements, bell protocols, window treatments, lighting, and arrival time. The Meditation Hall Team will carry out the teacher's wishes and should be contacted with any issues. 


    Schedule  Registration is from 3:30-5pm Wednesday. The retreat begins Wednesday evening with a meal at 6pm and ends Sunday after the closing circle and clean up (lunch will not be served on Sunday). The daily schedule vary slightly but broadly is as follows:

      6:30am  Wake-up Bell
      7:00      Sitting/ Walking Meditation
      8:30      Breakfast
    10:00      Dharma Talk
    11:00      Outdoor Walking Meditation
    12:15pm  Lunch
      2:30      Sitting/ Walking Meditation
      3:45      Dharma Discussion
      5:30      Supper  
      7:30      Sitting/ Walking Meditation
      9:00      End of Day

    Full Retreat  The teacher has requested that everyone attend the entire retreat. 
    Meals  Meals are vegetarian/vegan and will be prepared and provided by Heartwood Retreat Center. Please notify us in your registration of food sensitivities or allergies so the retreat organizers can be sure to accommodate. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available during breaks.

    Cost  The price for this retreat is $350 per person, which covers the facility, food, and accommodations. It provides no profit to Red Clay Sangha and no contribution to the teacher. There will be an opportunity to practice Dana (generosity) to the teacher. 

    Financial Assistance  Red Clay Sangha would like for every one to be able to attend, regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, those who are able to do so are invited to contribute into a fund to help pay for those who are unable; and those challenged to cover the cost of the retreat are invited to indicate on their registration the extent to which they need support from the fund. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together. 

    Applicants for support will be notified no later than 2 weeks prior to the retreat the level of scholarship awarded. 

    Payment and Cancellation Full payment is required two weeks prior to the retreat to guarantee your spot. If payment or scholarship request has not been received, RCS reserves the right to fill spaces from any waiting list.

    Cancellations at least two weeks prior to the retreat will be fully refunded. After this date, full refunds will be given only if the spot can be filled from the waiting list.


    An Opportunity To Receive The Precepts During the retreat, Therese will be offering those who wish an opportunity to formally receive the Buddhist Precepts and a Dharma Name. More information can be found here.


    Retreat Positions Red Clay Sangha is a peer-based organization with no staff. All retreat roles, such as Bell Master (timekeeper), Meditation Hall Team, and Teacher's Attendant are performed by the participants to support each other during the retreat.  In this way, everyone does a little and no one is stressed out. You will have an opportunity to sign up for the retreat roles prior to the retreat. 

    Bell Master and Meditation Hall Team will meet with the teacher at 5pm on Wednesday for training. Prior experience is not necessary. 

    There is not a designated work practice time on the schedule. 

    Dana is the practice of generosity and helps remind us of the fundamental connected nature of life. By supporting our teachers we deepen our own experience on the path of practice while helping them to support others. Teachers generously give their time and energy through listening, sharing and teaching, often without financial reward. Offering dana makes it possible for them to continue their work and is their primary means of support.

    In the spirit of this tradition, all participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution, called dana, at the end of the retreat. Participants often ask what is considered appropriate: you may wish to make a contribution between $100-$200 for the retreat. But remember that many do not have the means to offer much dana, and teaching the dharma is not well compensated, so you may want to give more. Keep in mind your personal ability to give; dana is entirely from the heart.

    (Note: The retreat fees are used exclusively to cover the cost of the facility and food, and no portion is paid the the teacher. Red Clay Sangha covers the travel expenses and a small contribution to the teacher from membership donations.)


    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young

    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 30

    Zoom Study Session: the Brahmaviharas

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

    What: [To Come]

    When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a a 15-minute break in the middle.

    Note: If you cannot attend, please email Gareth Young or Elizabeth Gibson to let us know.



    About the Study Session Leader

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has formally studied in both the Insight and Zen traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well as other spiritual practices and other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally inclusive, open and welcoming.

    Questions? Please email Gareth Young.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Richard Skoonberg

    Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Richard Skoonberg [Bio to come]

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 20 Jun 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Suite 102 Chamblee, GA 30341
    • 24


    In Town Retreat with Julie Püttgen

    June 18-20, 2020
    Red Clay Sangha, Atlanta GA


    In 1995, Julie Püttgen began her studies of Vipassana meditation with Steve & Rosemary Weissman, then resident teachers at Wat Khao Tham, a small nunnery on an island in the south of Thailand. Having decided on the basis of that experience to explore monastic life for herself, she lived and trained at Plum Village, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn's monastery in the south of France, before joining the Thai-tradition English Forest Sangha as a resident laywoman and novice nun for three years, from 1996-1999.

    Since then, her Buddhist training has extended into the Soto and Rinzai Zen schools, and into the embodied Tibetan-tradition Mahamudra practices taught by Lama Willa MillerLama John MakranskyReggie Ray, and others.

    Julie is an artist, expressive arts and somatic psychotherapist, writer, mover, and arts facilitator living and practicing in New Hampshire. As a meditation teacher, she is passionate about the intersections of contemplative and creative practices, and how these can inform one another. For the past three years, she has been part of a team facilitating retreats and programs in the new Art/Dharma track at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA. She is the founder and facilitator of the Old Dragons’ Club, a non-sectarian women’s group in the Buddhist traditions; and Meditations for Resilience and Resistance, a modality she has created to integrate the expressive and contemplative arts.

    You can see her projects online at www.108namesofnow.com and www.everyday-regalia.com.


    Location  The retreat will be held in Atlanta at Red Clay Sangha. For information and directions, please see our location page. 


    Schedule  
        Friday  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Saturday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Sunday 

    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    brunch follows at a local restaurant


    Partial Attendance  Friday night and Sunday morning are open to all.

    Saturday all attendees should plan on full attendance. 


    Meals  A light vegetarian meal will be provided for lunch on Saturday. 


    Cost and Dana To secure a place on the retreat, we ask you to make a donation of $20, 100% of which will be directed as dana (generosity) to the teacher. While this will not be a significant amount for the teacher and we ask you to consider a more substantial donation at the retreat, personal finances and dana are never a barrier to receiving the dharma with Red Clay Sangha, and full scholarships are available from our accumulated fund.

    Financial Assistance  We would like for every one to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, we need those who are able to contribute into a fund to help pay for those who are unable. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together.

    All funds collected for this purpose will be divided equally between those who have requested them. You will be notified no later than 1 week prior to the retreat if there are insufficient funds to meet your request.

    Payment and Cancellation Full payment is required two weeks prior to the retreat to guarantee your spot. If payment or scholarship request has not been received, RCS reserves the right to fill spaces from any waiting list.

    Cancellations at least two weeks prior to the retreat will be fully refunded. After this date, full refunds will be given only if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than two days prior to the retreat.


    Questions or More Information? please contact Sally Landrum
    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Charli Vogt

    Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Charli Vogt [Bio to come]

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 30

    Zoom Study Session: the Four Vows

    How: Via Zoom using this link to join. Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.

    What: [To Come]

    When: Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a a 15-minute break in the middle.

    Note: If you cannot attend, please email Gareth Young or Elizabeth Gibson to let us know.



    About the Study Session Leader

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has formally studied in both the Insight and Zen traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well as other spiritual practices and other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally inclusive, open and welcoming.

    Questions? Please email Gareth Young.

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Richard Skoonberg

    Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Richard Skoonberg [Bio to come]

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • TBD
    • 25

    Topic TBD

    A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

    Thursday September 17 - Sunday September 20, 2019
    Held on Zoom

    Detail to be provided

    Lisa Ernst is the founder and guiding teacher at One Dharma Nashville. She has been meditating for over 25 years in the Zen and Vipassana Traditions. She received dharma transmission in the Thai Forest Lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. In  her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. As a practicing visual artist Lisa also incorporates Dharma into painting and contemplative photography.


    Zoom Call Details

    One Click: You can click here to directly access the meeting

    Meeting ID: 837 6665 5261
    Passcode: 104002
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    Passcode: 104002
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbchDdckUR


    Schedule  The retreat begins at 6:45pm Thursday. A full preliminary schedule can be viewed here.

    Meals Mindful eating Zoom-based retreat eating instructions can be retrieved by clicking here. The breaks for meals participants are an opportunity to continue our retreat practice in mindfulness. Retreatants are encouraged to make no plans for administrative or household tasks, but rather to eat healthy (light vegetarian) meals in silence, and to spend the balance of the break in meditation, silent walking, or sitting silently in reflection or observing nature.

    Cost  The $60 registration/commitment fee is a modest upfront fee of $20 per day which will provide a modest stipend to Lisa Ernst. This is not in lieu of personal dana (generosity) to the teacher, and retreatants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity which will be made available on the retreat (see below).

    Financial Assistance  One of Red Clay's goals is for every one to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, a scholarship fund has been accumulated from donations from previous retreats and is made available to help pay for those who are unable to do so. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together.

    Payment and Cancellation If you have registered for the retreat but cannot attend, please contact Gareth Young asap. We will be able to make your space available to the waiting list, and if someone is able to step in, will offer a refund.


    Other Practice Matters Prepare a comfortable, quiet space for your retreat a couple of days ahead of time, and wear comfortable clothing for the retreat. For some people facing their monitor can help remind them of the supportive presence of other attendees; for others, this can create a distraction and facing away works better. Please feel free to experiment and find the approach that works best for you. But remember that this is a group retreat and work to be fully present. Also please do treat this as a retreat and plan to attend for the full retreat; the flexibility of the Zoom can allow us to drop in and out, but this is not conducive to the immersive experience opportunity and can disturb the experience of others.


    Yoga We are exploring the possibility of making a yoga period available for retreatants. 


    Dana is the practice of generosity and helps remind us of the fundamental connected nature of life. By supporting our teachers we deepen our own experience on the path of practice while helping them to support others. Teachers generously give their time and energy through listening, sharing and teaching, often without financial reward. Offering dana makes it possible for them to continue their work and is their primary means of support.

    In the spirit of this tradition, all participants will have an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution, called dana, at the end of the retreat. Participants often ask what is considered appropriate, but it's hard to provide meaningful guidance. The teaching you receive can be beyond price, but against that, each can and should only give within their own means, and in this regard all are by no means equal. Keep in mind your personal ability to give and what others might be able to contribute. Dana is entirely from the heart.

    The Red Clay Sangha membership covers the travel expenses and a small contribution to the teacher. The retreat fees are used exclusively to cover the cost of the facility and food.


    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young

    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    • 24

    Hello, Registrants! If for any reason you can't make it, please kindly unregister or send an email to Elizabeth Gibson so we can get an accurate number of attendees for lunch preparation and for making copies of the day's study guide. Thank you!


    About The Class

    [Program Topic and Content to Come]

    There will be multiple meditation sittings as well as multiple opportunities for discussion and Q&A.The session is free and a simple vegetarian lunch and snacks are also free.


    When: Saturday, October 2th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Where: The Red Clay Sangha at 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341

    About the Study Session Leader

    Elizabeth A. Gibson has been a Buddhist practitioner for ten years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a technical writer and poet and has lived in Atlanta for ten years.

    Questions? Please email Elizabeth Gibson.

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Red Clay Sangha
    • 20

    Topic to be Provided

    A One-Day In Town Retreat with Gareth Young

    Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

    TBD

    Cost  The retreat fee of $10 is to cover the cost of the lunch and a modest donation to Red Clay Sangha.

    Gareth Young has been with Red Clay Sangha since its founding. He has studied in both the Zen and Insight traditions and his practice is informed by these and other branches of Buddhism, as well other spiritual practices and teachings from other faiths. His approach to practice is intentionally open and welcoming.

    What to expect  This will be a full day of sitting and walking meditation practice, with time for group discussions. All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation required.

    What to bring?  Wear comfortable clothing. We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. Our space is air conditioned, you might want to bring a light sweater or light blanket. 

    Facility  This retreat will be held at our main location in Chamblee, Georgia. more... 

    Lunch  A healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided.

    Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth Young


    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    Ven. Dhammadipa

    Saturday November 6, 2021


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