5 Day Silent Meditation Retreat with Upasaka Upali

Wednesday, September 9 – Sunday, September 13, 2020

About the Retreat

This retreat will serve as a platform to support your meditation practice, wherever it’s at, and aims to provide a space where it can deepen and flourish.  It will consist of extended periods of meditation, personal interviews, evening teachings, nourishing food, and natural surroundings. 

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, meaning that there’s very little talking, activity, or distraction.  This allows you to maximize the amount of time each day that you spend meditating. This will be Upali’s second retreat at Sugar Ridge.  

About The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated (TMI) is an ancient meditation technique with modern considerations, including the perspective of cognitive science.  It incorporates both concentration and insight practices. It has grown in popularity due to the way it gives clear and tangible instruction on how to meditate, demystifying the practice of meditation as a whole and giving greater access to the benefits of meditation for everyday people. 

Sample of Daily Meditation Schedule

To be followed as it fits your needs for practice

7:30 – 8:30am      Seated Meditation 
8:30 – 9:30am      Breakfast *
9:30-10:15           Seated Meditation
10:15-10:45         Walking Meditation
10:45-11:30         Seated Meditation
11:30-11:45         Walking Meditation
11:45-12:30         Seated Meditation
12:30 – 1:30 pm   Lunch
1:30 – 2               Walking Meditation 
2:00 – 3               Seated Meditation
3:00 – 3:30          Walking Meditation 
3:30 – 4:30          Seated Meditation 
4:30 – 6               Yoga / Physical Activity time 
6 – 7                     Dinner
7 – 7:45               Seated Meditation 
7:45 – 9               Dharma Talk
9 – 9:15              Walking Meditation 
9:15 – 10:00       Seated Meditation 

* 1:1 Interviews with Upali will take place between Breakfast and Lunch

Meet Your Teacher

 

About Upali

Upasaka Upali (aka Paul Peterson) is a meditation teacher who works with beginning to advanced meditators. Upali’s teaching style strives to provide tangible instruction, inspire consistent practice, and to create a rewarding meditation experience.  The style of meditation Upali teaches can most accurately be described as Shamatha-Vipassana, or the Elephant Path, and emphasizes cultivating both stable attention and strong awareness. The style is most clearly described in the book The Mind Illuminated.  Upali currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the United States.  He teaches worldwide audiences online and travels throughout North America and Europe to teach in person silent meditation retreats.   

Registration Details

Date:
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – Sunday, September 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
2020-09-09T15:00:00-04:00
2020-09-13T14:00:00-04:00
Cost:
What’s Included:

– Accommodation
– All meals, classes and workshops for 4 nights, 5 days
– Full use of Sugar Ridge’s amenities

Cost and Registration:
– $660  + HST for Quad Shared accommodation (Shared with up to 3 other guests of the same gender)

– $765 + HST Double Shared (Shared with 1 other person)

– $875 + HST Private Cabin

The registration fee does NOT include payment for Upali’s time teaching retreat.   Payment to Upali for the teachings is given in the form of Dana, a Pali word meaning generosity.  Considered the last practice of retreat, Dana allows for the meditation teachings to be sustainable for both you and Upali.  This means that you have access to the retreat at-cost, but it is still expected that you make a payment to Upali for an amount that feels both generous and sustainable to you.   Upali will contact you with ways to give Dana after the close of the retreat.   
 
If the cost of retreat, including Dana, is not affordable for you but you would still like to attend this retreat, please consider applying for a scholarship at OpenDharmaFoundation.org   These scholarships can cover all costs of a silent meditation retreat, including registration, transportation, and Dana.

Dana can be given at the end of the retreat directly to Upali.  This can be in the form of cash or can be given through Upali’s webpage:  https://upalimeditation.com/dana/

Please contact Upali by email with any questions:  [email protected] 

About the Retreat

This retreat will serve as a platform to support your meditation practice, wherever it’s at, and aims to provide a space where it can deepen and flourish.  It will consist of extended periods of meditation, personal interviews, evening teachings, nourishing food, and natural surroundings. 

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, meaning that there’s very little talking, activity, or distraction.  This allows you to maximize the amount of time each day that you spend meditating. This will be Upali’s second retreat at Sugar Ridge.  

About The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated (TMI) is an ancient meditation technique with modern considerations, including the perspective of cognitive science.  It incorporates both concentration and insight practices. It has grown in popularity due to the way it gives clear and tangible instruction on how to meditate, demystifying the practice of meditation as a whole and giving greater access to the benefits of meditation for everyday people. 

Sample of Daily Meditation Schedule

To be followed as it fits your needs for practice

7:30 – 8:30am      Seated Meditation 
8:30 – 9:30am      Breakfast *
9:30-10:15           Seated Meditation
10:15-10:45         Walking Meditation
10:45-11:30         Seated Meditation
11:30-11:45         Walking Meditation
11:45-12:30         Seated Meditation
12:30 – 1:30 pm   Lunch
1:30 – 2               Walking Meditation 
2:00 – 3               Seated Meditation
3:00 – 3:30          Walking Meditation 
3:30 – 4:30          Seated Meditation 
4:30 – 6               Yoga / Physical Activity time 
6 – 7                     Dinner
7 – 7:45               Seated Meditation 
7:45 – 9               Dharma Talk
9 – 9:15              Walking Meditation 
9:15 – 10:00       Seated Meditation 

* 1:1 Interviews with Upali will take place between Breakfast and Lunch