Friday Morning Community Meditation by Zoom
Friday mornings 7:45-8:45am Eastern time.
Meditations available for download –
5- & 10-day Meditation Retreat held by Zoom or in person in Quito, Ecuador
This unique retreat integrates Buddhism, Qigong, Somatic Zapchen, Anapanasati Meditation and Community Dream Practice. In this retreat participants are allowed to choose which sessions they can commit to for 5 or 10 days. This makes the experience available to a more diverse community, including parents and people who are working.
Friends from Quito, Ecuador, Charlottesville, VA and other locations meet together. There will be English/Spanish translation for all sessions. Participants can attend the first five days or all of the retreat. Participants can sign up for Session one, Session two and/or Session three. Each session will build on the previous day, so it is important that you do not skip times you sign up for.
This retreat is sponsored by the Ratna Shri Sangha and was founded by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen, affiliated with the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Janet Evergreen began earnestly studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1991 with Khenchen as her root Lama. Anapanasati practice is from the Thai Forest Refuge Tradition as taught to Janet by Santikaro in 2016. Community Dream Practice was taught to Janet by Continuum teacher Susan Harper.
Session one: Qigong led by Jay Demaio on Zoom.
Session two: Anapanasati led by Janet Evergreen.
Session three: Dreamtime – Each evening we explore somatically, embodying Jungian archetypes in our dreams.
There is a deep sense of rest, beauty and sweetness in community coming together to practice for the benefit of All. Together we give and receive boundless blessings. We are grateful for the many people who have joined us over the years in meditation, gratitude for sangha, our beloved teachers and all Beings. For more information, session dates and times see the flyer below.
Cost: Donations will be sent to INEPE School, an inspirational holistic, spiritual and cultural center for Children of the Barrios in Quito, Ecuador. Checks can be made out to Open Hands (put INEPE in memo) and are tax-deductible.
Register for the next retreats below.
Dec 27, 2023-Jan 5, 2024
Orientation: Tuesday Dec 26, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Tsok: Saturday Jan 6, 2024, 9 – 11am
Register by December 17
In person Summer 2024 Retreat in Ecuador
We are looking forward to going to Ecuador to see our wonderful INEPE community and friends, beautiful land of volcanoes, rivers, and fertile valleys.
We plan to arrive in Quito around July 19th. Janet will stay one month until Aug 20. A group of 8-10 folks is ideal. If interested, please fill out this survey. Let us know if you plan to join us, for how long and what you would most enjoy? You can plan on a 2-4 week trip.
10-day Meditation Retreat will be held at Pelugo, an organic permaculture farm July 23 – Aug 2. INEPE teachers and the community will join us. Palugo is situated 40 minutes outside of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador and not far from the new airport. See photos from Cultivando Sabiduria y Compasion: Ecuador Summer Retreat 2019.
We will offer a 3-day Birthing Yourself/Womb Surround. Dates TBA.
Cost: for US friends is about $75/day (not including airfare or any extra shopping, you will enjoy). The cost includes lodging, use of spaces and 3 meals with snacks and a contribution to scholarships to 2 Ecuador indigenous people and 2 INEPE teachers to attend the 10 day retreat.
In addition our trip includes:
– Exploring the old city and B&B in Quito
– One day at INEPE School
– Hiking in the National refuge near Mt Ingui
– A trip to Otavalo Indigenous market
– Before returning home, enjoy Ecuadorian friends at geothermal hot springs and spa, with two overnights of hiking and soaking at Papallacta hot springs!
– For the adventurous, a kayaking trip in the jungle is possible, too.
We hope you can make it. But if you can’t come, join us by making a donation to our scholarship for Ecuadorian retreatants. Donations can be sent through Open Hands.