Spring Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald

  • 07 May 2015
  • 6:00 PM
  • 10 May 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sautee Hereford Lodge, Sautee Georgia


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Financial assistance is available - please indicate on the registration form if you need assistance. We do not want anyone to be unable to attend due to financial considerations.
Registration is closed

WAITING LIST ONLY - This retreat is FULL

Awareness Now:
Life Informed by the Truth of Impermanence
Thursday May 7 - Sunday May 10, 2015
Sautee Hereford Lodge

Impermanence is inescapable. The Buddha said that life is like a river, a successive series of moments joined together to give the impression of continuous flow. The river of yesterday is not the same as the river of today. What is real is the existing moment. Each moment is bursting with love and liberation.

During this retreat, we will practice ways of shining the light of mindfulness on the truth of impermanence and being truly alive, moment to moment, with the keenest awareness possible. Awareness of impermanence can fuel acting upon our heart’s deepest desires, yearnings, values, and priorities. There will be sitting and walking meditation, mindful meals, Dharma talks and discussion, yoga, and personal interviews with the teacher.
This retreat, held mostly in silence, is recommended for both beginning and experienced meditators.

Therese Fitzgerald received Dharmacharya ordination by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and Soto Zen priest ordination by Richard Baker-roshi in 1986. She is Co-Founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching and Vietnamese social work base in the United States. Together with Maxine Hong Kingston, Therese helped start the Veterans' Writing Group. Therese lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Spiritual Care Counselor at Hospice Maui.

Facility  The Sautee Hereford Lodge sits on a beautiful 350 acre ranch in North East Georgia (2 hours from Atlanta). The lodge has 12 bedrooms, 6½ baths, a full kitchen and eating area, and separated meditation hall. The lodge has full HVAC.

Accommodations  You may choose a shared room in the lodge or tent camping on the grounds. 

Schedule  The retreat begins Thursday evening with a meal at 6pm and ends Sunday after lunch. 

Late Arrivals  Because many folks will need to work on Thursday, you may arrive until 9pm on Thursday night. Please indicate your planned arrival time on your registration form. 

Meals  Meals are vegetarian with dairy (labeled). Coffee, tea and snacks will be available during breaks.

All participants will have an opportunity for silent work in the kitchen to help prepare or cleanup our food. 

Cost  The cost of this retreat is $150 per person and includes accommodations and all meals. There will be an opportunity to practice Dana (generosity) to the teacher. 

This cost covers the facility, food, accommodations, and teacher expenses. It provides no profit to Red Clay Sangha. If we have more than 20 participants, it also will help cover a scholarship fund for those needing assistance.

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. 

Benefactors  For those who are unable to attend the retreat, but wish to practice generosity to those who cannot afford it, you may make a contribution which will be used for this purpose here.

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.

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. Because participants often ask what is considered appropriate, we offer the following guidelines: you may wish to make a contribution between $75-$150 for the retreat. 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 Cherry Zimmer

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