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Recollective Awareness Meditation Retreat

September 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A day to learn and practice the recollective awareness approach to meditation. A day to be in the company of other meditators.

About this event

Mary Webster will lead a one-day nonresidential retreat to explore the practice of recollective awareness meditation. This one-day retreat is meant to help develop greater awareness of your inner world through meditation, reflection and discussion. Therefore, this will be a silent retreat to maximize the benefits of our time together.

The retreat will be using the Recollective Awareness (RA) approach to meditation. This approach is based in Theravada Buddhism, a practice which develops both peacefulness and insight. The RA approach emphasizes bringing one’s meditation back to mind for exploration through journaling, reporting to the teacher and general discussion with others. We will be discovering the Dharma in various ways and seeing it in our life situations.

This retreat will offer ample time for meditation and journaling, a time for reporting on one’s meditation (optional), a Dharma talk and time for discussion. Basic instructions will be given at the beginning of the retreat.

  • This retreat is suitable for anyone regardless of years of practice.
  • In order to make the most of our time together, the lunch period will be shortened to 30 minutes.

Please join us for a day of exploration in a community of like-minded meditators.

Things to bring:

  • a journal
  • a lunch (refrigerator space is available)
  • socks or slippers. Harmony Woods is a shoe-free facility
  • meditation cushion or mat. Some spare cushions are available. Chairs are also available.
  • blanket, if you get chilly sitting
  • travel mug or container for tea and water. Some mugs are available if you forget.

For further Reading on Recollective Awareness please visit this link: https://medium.com/@jasonsiff/recollective-awareness-and-mindfulness-4fa4ac4a9648

Mary Webster

Mary Webster worked as an independent nurse practitioner in mental health from the time of receiving her M.A. in nursing in1975 until her retirement from a clinical teaching position at Washington State University in 2012.

She began meditating with Jason Siff in 1995, attending several Recollective Awareness meditation retreats before entering the Skillful Meditation Project teacher training in 2001. She gradually increased her teaching responsibilities and by the time she finished the teacher-training program in 2008, she was already co-teaching 10-day retreats, leading workshops, giving public talks, and working closely with regular students on their meditation practice.

She acted as the Resident Teacher for the Spokane Vipassana Meditation Community for over 15 years. During that time she held a weekly sitting group and offered opportunities for practice dependent on the community’s needs including one-day workshops, residential retreats, study groups and smaller reporting groups for those interested in a more dedicated practice.

Mary retired from her formal teaching activities in 2020 in order to focus on her own practice. During this time, Mary visited Thai Forest monasteries, pursued her interest in the contemplation of the elements, open awareness and development of the liberating qualities of the mind: loving kindness, compassion, happiness for others and equanimity.

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Harmony Woods Retreat Center
11507 S. Keeney Rd.
Spokane, WA 99224 United States
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