Heather Martin retreat: September 2-3, 2017

Heather Martin will be in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of September 2 and 3, 2017.

She will also offer a teaching on Friday evening, September 1st at 7 PM, with an introduction to Buddhist meditation.  New and experienced meditators are welcome.

The retreat and the Friday lecture will be held at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street in Port Townsend.

Heather has been leading retreats in Port Townsend for many years, and we are always pleased to have her here. She emphasizes the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings 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 over 30 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 mid afternoon on Sunday, depending on Heather’s schedule.

While the space is large enough for us, we still need to know how many people to expect. Register for this retreat on the below or email to ask any questions (be sure “Heather 2017 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.

Please plan to bring your own cushions, although there will be some available there. Chairs are available for your use.

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 $30 contribution for the cost of the space.  Arrangements can be made for those unable to pay so all who want to come may attend.

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.

We look forward to seeing you!

Heather Martin has been meditating for over 40 years, in various traditions.  Theravada has been her main practice since 1981 when she trained in the style of SN Goenka, for 8 years.  Heather has been teaching retreats since 2001, in Canada and the West Coast of the United States.

She has practiced Tibetan Dzogchen with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Vipassana with Burmese Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and more recently the early Foundations of Mindfulness with scholar-monk Bikkhu Analayo.

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.

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