Awakening To Presence with Will Duncan: March 4 – May 7

Awakening To Presence: A 10-Week Meditation Intensive with Will Duncan (and special guests)
 
Based on 2000 years of Buddhist wisdom and theoretical insight, the Awakening to Presence training presents a non-dogmatic exploration of meditation and mindfulness. Balancing mental clarity and vigor with emotional receptivity and warmth the Awakening to Presence training is an in-depth introduction to practice for serious beginners and experienced meditators alike. It is designed for people who are fully committed to deepening their practice and deepening their presence in this precious and quickly passing life.
 
TOPICS COVERED:
  • Leveraging meditation for stress and anxiety.
  • The meditation family tree and how all the different types of meditation fit together and why they are almost all valid and useful practices for different people at different stages of our lives.
  • A deep experiential exploration into the 5 essential ingredients that make our practice transformative. (Heat, Crucibles, Pressure, Integration and Fluidity)
  • An in-depth look at the ancient teaching of The Two Truths and how it relates to family, work, meditation and well-being.
  • Level 1 and 2 introduction to Buddhist perceptual theory. (Prasangika Madhyamika)
  • Level 1 and 2 introduction to the traditional 9 stages of meditation.
  • How the “I” exists and doesn’t exist and its importance in practice.
  • Gentle accountability to becoming conscious of the areas where we are numbing and avoiding presence.
  • Do-able meditation and mindfulness exercises to incorporate into daily life.
  • A clear and usable understanding of the difference between mindfulness and meditation.
  • The 2 levels of practice and how to balance these levels for maximum efficacy.
  • The 10 supports that are essential for success in meditation and in life
We will be using sitting meditation, walking meditation, movement practices, study, journaling, drawing, and community practice throughout the training.
 
SCHEDULE: 
Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
March 4 – May 7 (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29, May 7)

All Day Retreat:
March 1st – 10am – 5pm
April 5th -10am – 5pm
(Drinks and snacks provided, bring your own bag lunch)

Personal Practice Commitment:
20 – 40 mins a day 6 days a week

Reading Commitment:
1 – 2 hours a week.

Celebration Brunch and Sharing at Skull Valley Lavender Farm:
May 10th

 
WILL DUNCAN has been formally studying meditation and scripture with his teachers for three decades. He teaches yogic and Buddhist philosophy throughout the world. Known for bringing humor and light-heartedness into his teaching style he strives to show the relevance of ancient scripture in our day-to-day lives. Will has completed almost four accumulative years of silent and solitary meditation practice.   
 
COST:  $650.00
 
EARLY BIRD BEFORE JANUARY 1st: $550.00
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED