Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain
Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald
The theme of the retreat this year is KNOW THYSELF. “To study Buddhism is to study the self,” Dogen Zenji wrote. World religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions point the way to self-intimacy. And we don’t stop there, for “in the one exists the all,” as the Avatamsaka Sutra as well as Walt Whitman’s poems inspire us. Our five days on Petit Jean Mountain will be a time to dwell in profound awareness of self that connects us to all beings, what Buddhists sometimes call “non-self.” There will be balanced encouragement for buoying and delving deeply. Supported by the beauty of spring, teachings, fellow practitioners, the vultures soaring on the updrafts, as well as solitude and silence, conditions may be most favorable to give rise to insights and ways of knowing ourselves most truly, including bearing the seemingly unbearable. This retreat, held mostly in silence, is recommended for both beginning and experienced meditators drawn to inner work and contemplation.
Therese Fitzgerald was ordained as Zen priest by Richard Baker-roshi in 1986 and as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. Therese has been teaching Dharma retreats around the country for over twenty-five years. Therese lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Spiritual Care Counselor at Hospice Maui.
Retreat costs: $230-$430 includes all meals (vegetarian) and accommodations (single or double rooms, dorm rooms or camping). Registration and fees are due April 3. After that date, late fees apply. See Registration form for more information.