Weekly Announcements: January 17, 2017

Greetings Everyone,

Kaia Svien and Gabe Keller are leading an Inauguration Day Vigil this Friday at the center. For more details please visit Inauguration Day Vigil. If you are able to help out as a greeter or bell-ringer for this event please contact Kaia Svien @ ksvien@iphouse.com.

Patrice Koelsch’s 3-week class on How the Dharma Helps Us Recognize and Relinquish the White Racial Frame begins this Sunday, 1-2:30pm.

Also this Sunday, from 3-4:30, is the final Community Meeting about renovations at Common Ground’s Retreat Property at Prairie Farm.  If you haven’t already attended a meeting regarding this we hope to see you on Sunday.

We are looking for volunteer cooks for the upcoming February retreat at Holy Spirit, please see the Community News section below for details on how to volunteer in this way.

Peace,
Shelly

For detailed program information and online registration, please visit the calendar.

Upcoming Programs

Weekly Practice Groups with Mark Nunberg 
Wednesday7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30-11:40 a.m.
Sunday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Buddhist Studies with Mark Nunberg: Seven Factors of Awakening 
8 Mondays, January 9 – February 27, 7:30-9:00 p.m. with optional sit at 7:00 p.m.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Mark Nunberg
6 Tuesdays, January 10 – February 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Meditation Vigil for Inauguration Day led by Kaia Svien and Gabe Keller
Friday, January 20. 10:50 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
All are welcome

How the Dharma Helps us Relinquish the White Racial Frame: A Class with Patrice Koelsch
Three Sundays, January 22- February 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Community Meeting on Renovations at Common Ground’s Retreat Property at Prairie Farm
Sunday, January 22, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Everyone Welcome

Gentle Yoga and Deep Relaxation with Nancy Boler
Sunday, January 29, 4:00-5:30 p.m
No registration necessary

Lovingkindness Practice Group with Mark Nunberg
Friday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Dharma Flicks:  The Heart of a Dog by Laurie Anderson
Saturday, February 4, 7:00 -9:00 p.m.

Upcoming Retreats

Winter Practice Period at Common Ground’s Retreat at Prairie Farm
January 5- 25

Daylong Retreat with Mark Nunberg
Saturday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Half Day Retreat with Mark Nunberg
Saturday, February 4, 1:00- 5:00 p.m.

Residential Retreat at Holy Spirit led by Mark Nunberg: Tranquility and Insight
Thursday, February 16- Monday, February 20
Wait list only

TCVC Residential Retreat with Rebecca Bradshaw and Chas DiCapua
February 17-24
Wait List Only

Madison Insight Meditation Group Retreat with Mark Nunberg: Wholehearted Engagement Without Atttachment
March 17-19 @ Wisdom Monastery in Madison Wisconsin

Community News

Community Meeting to Discuss Renovation of Retreat Property
Please join lead architect Rick Okada and the Retreat Planning Committee to discuss the renovation of Common Ground’s Retreat Property at Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. The next meeting you can attend is Sunday, January 22, 3- 4:30 p.m. The generous support of many community members makes this next phase of the renovation of Prairie Farm possible and will allow 10-15 people to practice together on the land and add a beautiful meditation hall, bathrooms and showers. This is a great opportunity to see the plans and share your thoughts about how this wonderful property can be used to enhance our practice. Your involvement is very important!

Snow Team Volunteer Able to Use the Large Snowblower Needed 
The Snow Team is looking for a specific type of volunteer who is willing and able to use the large snowblower and whom ideally, lives close by with a flexible schedule that can help on a regular basis.  Does this sound like you?  If so, contact stevejahn59@gmail.com for more details.

Volunteer Cooks Needed to help prepare Meals for the Upcoming Residential Retreat at Holy Spirit
There is a tradition in Buddhism of supporting people doing intensive retreat practice. One way to support the retreatants is by offering to prepare a meal or purchase groceries for the retreat. For more information on how you can help in this way please visit the Retreats Website.