With Awareness Comes Choice
December 5 - 8, 2024
We suffer from that which we cannot see. We each have been trained to accept automated processes of thought within our minds, and the self-defeating ‘reality’ which these thought patterns create. The result is that we suffer in separation from our authentic nature. Someone who is ‘unconscious’, who identifies with these thought patterns and cannot see the illusion they create, experiences no real choice. That person will simply feel, think, and do what their conditioned mind determines that they will feel, think, or do.
This is the dilemma we are working to escape through spiritual practice. In order to think and experience freely, to live spontaneously, and embody our authentic nature, we need to be aware of the processes by which we are made to experience ourselves as separate from the natural unfolding of each moment. With awareness comes real choice, including the profound choice to live beyond our assumptions and to look for ourselves to see who and what we actually are and what our lives truly call us to.
Over the course of this weekend retreat we will explore the simple, practical, and powerful tools of awareness practice; how to use these tools to let go of conditioned mind and move into present moment awareness; and how to apply these tools to the particular circumstances of our everyday lives.
The structure of this retreat will be relaxed and spacious. The schedule will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, workshop sessions, individual guidance, meals, and plenty of time to rest, enjoy the mountain forest around the property, and just be. Outside of the workshop sessions and individual guidance this retreat will be conducted in silence. Practitioners with all levels of experience are welcome.
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.