Community Practice Intensive

The next Community Practice Intensive will begin on Monday, December 2nd, 7 – 9 p.m., and end with a Daylong Retreat on Saturday, December 21st. This intensive emphasizes the integration of daily life duties and responsibilities with elements of retreat practice. Past participants have found these intensives to be a powerful time to experiment living in a more mindful way and noticing the wholesome effects arising throughout one’s daily life. In addition to a commitment to a continuity of mindfulness in all daily activities, participants are asked to commit to an intensification of one’s formal practice schedule. Please carefully reflect on the practice guidelines below. Most participants will have to creatively adapt and adjust these guidelines so that each person can commit to a schedule that works in their life. These Community Practice Intensives are also a good time to deepen relationships with others in the community. Led by Shelly Graf and Gabe Keller Flores. Read guidelines below. Register here.

Morning Practice: Participants are expected to do 1 – 3 hours of sitting or walking practice every morning during the practice period. The center will be open between 6:30 and 9 a.m. (8 – 10 a.m. on Sunday). Participants are encouraged to do some morning practice at the center when that is possible.

Evening Practice: Everyone is expected to join in for our Monday gatherings, 7-9 p.m., as well as the closing circle gathering. We’ll begin with sitting time, followed by a social break and then time for circle sharing. In addition to our Monday evening gatherings, participants are asked to attend one of the regularly scheduled Practice Groups each week, (Sunday morning, Sunday evening or Wednesday evening). Finally, on the evenings we are not practicing at the center, we commit to doing some formal formal sitting or walking practice at home.

Mid-Day Practice: Everyone is expected to do at least 15 minutes of walking, sitting or lying down practice sometime during the middle of the day. If we have enough volunteers, the center will be open from 11 – 2:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the practice intensive. This will be an optional group practice time for those whose schedules allow. There will be a sit from 11 – 12 noon, followed by lunch. People can volunteer to cook or bring in lunch for others, otherwise folks will bring bag lunches. There will be time for walking, mindful work, study, sitting after the meal. at 1 pm a recorded Dharma talk will be played. People who are not able to attend these mid day practice times can listen to the same recorded Dharma talks at their convenience. Please let Gabe know if you would like to be a host for one of the Tuesday or Wednesday practice periods. 

Daylong Retreat: There will be an daylong retreat for all participants. It is expected that people will attend as much of the retreat day as possible given their other fixed responsibilities. Optional 6:30 am – 9 am, Official Start at 9 am and ending at 6 pm.  

Practice Interviews: People participating in the practice period will have the opportunity to sign up for practice interviews with Shelly if they choose.