Equanimity and the Art of Letting Go - Residential Retreat with Lisa Ernst

  • 20 Sep 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • 24 Sep 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • YMCA Camp Ocoee, Ocoee, TN
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Equanimity and the Art of Letting Go

A Residential Retreat with Lisa Ernst

Wednesday September 20, 2023 - Sunday September 24, 2023

YMCA Camp Ocoee, Ocoee, TN

Life is a balance of effort and letting go. Through skillful effort, meditation practice gives us the capacity to cultivate deep presence, to befriend our minds and to uncover our heart’s true wisdom. This wisdom also points us toward letting go. As we release limiting views and agendas, spiritual ease and joy arise as we touch this ever-changing life with the wisdom that sees no ultimate separation. This experience of interconnectedness also empowers and supports us in wise and compassionate action in our daily lives.

This retreat, held mostly in noble silence, includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks and meetings with the teacher. It is suitable for all levels of experience.

Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist and founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. Lisa has been meditating for over 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She received teaching authorization in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield. Lisa teaches internationally and has led retreats and classes for organizations such as Spirit Rock, InsightLA and Southern Dharma. She has also led retreats in India and Costa Rica. As a practicing visual artist Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing.

Location: YMCA Camp Ocoee, Wasson Lodge and cabins at 265 Johnson Lane, Ocoee, TN 37361 (about 2 hours north of Atlanta). For more information, visit the Camp Ocoee Wasson Lodge Website.

Schedule:  The retreat begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday and ends at 12:00 p.m. noon on Sunday. Please plan to arrive between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Wednesday; let the retreat management team know if you will be arriving later.

Accommodation: At the Wasson Lodge and in four nearby cabins. 1-3 people per room depending on the number of registrants. Room and cabin assignments will be provided once you arrive. The main lodge is fully handicap-accessible. Bedding and bath towels are provided. 

Meals: Three meals a day, plus snacks. These will be vegan and gluten free, with dairy, egg, and grain options available for all or most meals.

Cost:  The cost to attend the retreat is $380, which covers accommodations and food.  

Payment and Refund and Cancellation Policies

Payment: Payment in full is preferred at time of registration. However, it is permissible to pay half at time of registration and the rest one month prior to the start of the retreat. Should RCS need to cancel a retreat (unlikely), all payments would be refunded in full.

Refund policy for cancellations: If you register and cancel 30 days or more prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a full refund. Cancellation up to 15 days prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. No refunds are available after that date.

If you have registered for the retreat but cannot attend, please contact the retreat administrator asap.

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 available to help pay for those who need financial assistance. If you are interested in receiving financial assistance for this retreat, contact the retreat administrator.

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; we suggest that you give within your means and from your heart. All dana is appreciated. 

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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