"Back to Basics" One-Day Online Retreat

  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Red Clay Sangha
  • 8


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Back to Basics Retreat

A One-Day Online Retreat with Richard Skoonberg

Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 8:45 to 5:00 

What is a “Back to Basics” retreat?
During the retreat, we will exam some of the most basic and encompassing teachings of the Buddha. These will include understanding and working with the Four Noble Truths. These truths identified by the Buddha are: (1) life inevitably contains suffering; (2) this suffering is caused by craving and clinging to impermanent things; (3) suffering can be ended by cutting the roots of craving; and (4) this can be achieved by following the Eight-Fold Path outlined by the Buddha.

We will explore how a deeper understanding of these Truths provide a roadmap to transform suffering in our lives and the lives of others. Along with this basic Buddhist teaching, we will be exploring basic meditation and breathing practices that can help us attain a deeper understanding of these concepts more fully.  

Richard Skoonberg

Richard Skoonberg is a founding member of Red Clay Sangha has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 18 years. At Red Clay, he regularly leads the Sunday Sutra Service and the Dharma discussion that follows. He also the co-leader for the Buddhist Sitting Group at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta. 

Sally Landrum

Sally began a solitary meditation practice several years ago, and soon found that she needed the support and energy of a community. She found her sangha home at Red Clay. A Georgia native, Sally is a visual artist and teacher of art and yoga.

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.


The registration fee is $10.00. This can be paid online during registration or afterwards by mail with a check or money order,

This retreat will be held on Zoom

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.


8:45 - 9:00     Welcome and Check-in 

9:00 - 9:15     Introduction and orientation

9:15 - 10:25   Sitting and walking meditation

10:25 -10:35   Break

10:35 - 11:00  Dharma talk – “Dukkha and the Clinging mind”

11:00 - 11:15  Pranayama (breath work)

11: 20 – 12:00 Sitting and walking meditation

12:00 - 1:00    Lunch

1:00 - 1:30     Sitting and walking meditation

1:30 - 2:00     Dharma talk – “The path to transformation”   

2:00 - 2:45     Pranayama and Yoga

2:45 - 3:00     Bio Break

3:00 - 4:15     Sitting and walking meditation

4:15 - 4:45     Dharma talk and guided meditation, “Metta”

4:45 - 5:00     End closing, questions, & comments

Questions or More Information? 

Please contact Richard Skoonberg at skoonberg@gmail.com 

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