Two Oars in Water: A Weekend of Deep Practice

January 11th—January 12th

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    Room: WPFC Carriage House


    We warmly invite you to our weekend of meditation. Our aspiration is to establish the steady and gentle container to support a retreat environment, right in the city. So the atmosphere during the meditation portion of the weekend will be a bit formal, but still friendly. For example, we will rely on the form of a gatekeeper: this means that people who come to the Center in the middle of session of sitting meditation will be asked to practice in the library and wait until the next walking meditation begins. We will only exit and enter the meditation hall during walking meditation. This helps to keep the room settled and supportive for deep practice. We are welcome to come any time, but we will be asked to wait for a good time to enter the meditation hall.

    The entire day on Saturday will be in noble silence. Much of Sunday morning will be silent, and then on Sunday afternoon we will open into a community potluck. Please join us for specific portions or for all of the weekend. We will start early on both Saturday and Sunday. See the complete schedule below.

    The Schedule

    (Doors open at 6:30)
    7:00am Opening sit and walk/movement
    8:00am Silent light breakfast
    9:00-12:00 Sitting and walk/movement
    12:00-2:00 Lunch, rest
    2:00pm-2:45 Work practice
    2:45-3:30 Silent study
    3:30-6:00 Sit and walk/movement. 
    6:00-8:00 Some will depart, others will have dinner in or out
    8:00-9:00 Closing sit (Participants return home for the evening)

    (Doors open at 6:45)
    7:00am Opening sit and walk/movement
    8:00am Silent light breakfast
    9:00-12:00 Sitting and dharma talk
    12:00-1:30 Community potluck

    What to bring:
    Wear comfortable clothing for meditation. Bring shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear for optional outdoor walking meditation. We will not bring personal bags, water bottles or other containers into the meditation hall (unless needed for health reasons). Bring a dharma book for contemplative study in the afternoon on Saturday, or enjoy a book from our library.

    Light breakfast, coffee, and tea will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday.

    • Bring your own lunch on Saturday for a contemplative, silent meal; it can be supportive to stay in the space during contemplative meals rather than having to leave the center.
    • There will be a gap from 6-8 for dinner Saturday night so you can either go out for dinner or bring a meal. If you go out, plan to be in relative silence.
    • We will provide snacks after open meditation on Sunday. An hour and a half is allotted for the noon community potluck on Sunday and the retreat day will end at 1:30.


    Most importantly come with an open and curious mind and heart, ready for deep practice. Be patient and gentle with yourself, and rest back into simplicity.

    Cost: Generosity policy

    Guiding Principles, Deep Practice Weekends

    • Neither beginning nor advanced, all are welcome.
    • Held routinely (Trying once a month for the winter)
    • Folks can enter and leave as needed.
    • Offered on a dana or generosity policy. Please help support our center
    • Incorporates Sunday open meditation—dharma talk is given during the 2nd sit