Bringing Wisdom, Inner Work, Empathy, and Skillful Responses to Conflicts
June 4 - 9, 2024
In our times, conflicts (which we’ll define as differences in values, goals, views, or strategies and not necessarily involving hostility or aggression) seem increasingly pervasive – in relationships, communities, workplaces, political polarization, and social issues. Differences and conflicts can lead to reactivity – manifesting in avoidance, acting out, frustration, anger, blaming, and/or withdrawal. How do we bring our practice to this area?
In this retreat, from a container of silent practice, we will explore:
- Core teachings and practices (including meditation) for working with differences and conflicts, particularly when they lead to difficult mental, emotional, and somatic states;
- The practice of empathy (which can co-exist with disagreement);
- Grounding in ethics and recognizing the Buddha Nature of all; and
- Wise speech.
We will be guided by a vision of non-dual “conflict transformation,” rooted in the Buddha’s Middle Way and the contemporary work of peacemakers, in which we aim for a “win-win” solution, meeting the deep interests of all concerned. Our intention is to better approach differences and conflicts as opportunities for learning, connection and reconciliation, steadiness, trust, and compassion.
About two-thirds of the retreat will be conducted in Noble Silence, with the remainder composed of interactive sessions, guided meditations, talks and discussion, and practicing with scenarios involving differences or conflicts.
No prior meditation experience is required.
We no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations to attend our programs, but do still require testing. We require all registered participants to present negative results from a Covid test performed in the 3 days prior to the start of your retreat AND that you consent to being tested upon your arrival at Southern Dharma. Any rapid antigen test is acceptable for testing, including over-the-counter at-home tests.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the safety of our staff, teachers, retreatants, and larger community!
NEW IN 2024: First-time retreatants at Southern Dharma must arrive by 5pm ET on the first day of retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm. Returning yogis can check-in between 3 and 6pm.
Departures will take place by 2:00pm on the last day of retreat. Please make sure that you can attend the full program before registering.
All registrations are subject to our new 2024 cancellation policy. All retreatants must review and agree to this policy upon registration.
For our 2024 retreats, three fee tiers are offered. Please choose the option that best fits your ability to give in this time. Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible contribution to Southern Dharma Retreat Center. Your confirmation email is your receipt for tax purposes.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
Note that registration fees do not include dana for the teacher(s). In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are offered freely and teachers are not paid for their offerings. They rely on dana contributions from students. Similarly, Southern Dharma keeps registration fees low to ensure the Dharma is accessible to all. Fees cover only a fraction of Southern Dharma’s operating expenses. We appreciate your practice of generosity to continue the dissemination of the Dharma.
Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. We are currently offering six housing options:
- Bed in Lodge, shared double room (2nd floor)
- Bed in Lodge, dorm with privacy partitions (3rd floor)
- Unheated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Heated kuti (single cabin, outdoor bathroom)
- Canvas Tent (furnished, outdoor bathroom)
- Basic Tent Platform (camping with your own gear)
Please use the appropriate field in the registration process to let us know your preferences in regards to housing, if any, and also specify if you insist on or prefer being housed with others of the same gender. All housing options are priced the same except for the Basic Tent Platform.
Southern Dharma is offers 50% scholarship awards for BIPOC and Young Adults, in addition to those with financial need. Indicate your interest in a Southern Dharma in-house scholarship during the registration process.
This program is also eligible for Hemera Contemplative Fellowships. Please note that you must apply for the Fellowship prior to registering for any program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.