Heather Martin will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of October 6 and 7, 2012.
Heather has been leading retreats in Port Townsend for several years, and we are always pleased to have her here. She emphasizes the practical application of the teachings of the Buddha, in a manner that is warm-hearted, clear and immediate. She is the guiding teacher for Salt Spring Island Vipassana Community, where she has lived for 33 years.
The retreat is based in the Vipassana tradition and consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks from the teacher, and small group meetings with the teacher. We will be in silence during the retreat.
We meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to early afternoon on Sunday, depending on Heather’s schedule. The retreat will be held at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street in Port Townsend.
While the space is large enough for us, we still need to know how many people to expect. So please send an email to Randi Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this retreat or to ask any questions. Be sure “Heather 2012 Retreat” is in the subject line of any e-mail you send about the retreat. If you can only come for one day, please let us know.
As we get closer to the retreat time we will send driving directions to the yacht club and any other pertinent information; if you have not received a response to your registration within two days of submitting it, please contact us again.
Please plan to bring your own cushions, although there will be some available there. Chairs are available for your use. The description of the retreat on the Port Townsend Sangha’s web site will also be updated with any new information.
As is typical practice in our tradition, there is no charge for the teachings, but we encourage everyone to practice generosity by giving dana to the teacher so that she may continue to teach the Dharma. We will also ask for a $20 contribution for the cost of the space.
Bring a lunch and/or snacks for yourself if you wish. The Food Co-op is within walking distance and there are several eating places nearby. Tea will be provided.
To register, complete the registration form below or send an email to retreat registrar Randi Winter at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
Selden McKee, Retreat Organizer
Heather Martin has been meditating for 40 years, in various traditions. Theravada has been her main practice since 1981 (with some exposure to Dzogchen in the Tibetan tradition, and the teachings of Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya more recently). She has been teaching retreats in North America since 2001, mostly in the soutwest of BC and the Pacific Northwest of the US.
Insight or Vipassana meditation is the simple practice of observing one’s direct experience in this very moment, with a gently relaxed, open and careful awareness. By learning to be present with this attitude, we are able to access our natural qualities – a spacious calm clear mind and a warm and peaceful heart.