Heart and Wisdom Practices For Challenging Times: A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

  • 17 Sep 2020
  • 6:30 PM
  • 20 Sep 2020
  • 11:00 AM
  • Zoom
  • 17

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Heart and Wisdom Practices For Challenging Times

A Retreat with Lisa Ernst

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

During these difficult, chaotic times, how do we best utilize meditation and compassion to help us face daily challenges? Can we continue practicing and keep our hearts open even if we feel overwhelmed with anxiety, anger or grief? In this retreat we will explore practices that can support us and create space for compassionate presence and wise action, for ourselves and others during this time of ongoing uncertainty.

The online home retreat is designed with schedule flexibility to accommodate home practice. It is suitable for newer as well as experienced meditators. It will include sitting and walking meditation, daily instructions, dharma talks and meetings with the teacher. All you need is a quiet space in your house and a device with a ZOOM connection. Since most of us are spending more time at home these days, this is an ideal way to deepen practice and carry the insights into daily life with greater ease when the retreat ends.


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


Schedule  Registration is 6:30 to 7:00pm Thursday. The retreat begins Thursday evening. The daily schedule will approximate the following (times in bold will be held via Zoom):

6:00 a.m. Sitting

6:30 Walking

7:00 Sitting

7:40 Breakfast

9:15 Instructions and sitting

10:15 Walking

11:00 Sitting and walking

12:00 Lunch break

1:30 Sitting

2:10 Walking or movement

2:50 Small group or teacher meetings/sitting and walking

4:00 Dharma discussion and sitting

5:00 Walking

5:30 Dinner break

7:00 Dharma talk and guided meditation

8:00 Walking and open meditation session

9:00 Close


Meals 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

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