Half-Day and Daylong Retreats

Leaving behind our homes, family and friends, and our duties and responsibilities can be a powerful support for deepening insight. In a quiet setting, with a simple schedule of sitting and walking meditation, practicing noble silence, the mind naturally begins to quiet down. A quiet, serene mind is capable of seeing clearly in a way that is often not available during our busy lives. Clear seeing or insight uproots the confusion behind the cycles of stress and suffering. Those who are new to meditation should attend the intro class or several weekly practice groups before their first retreat.  Please register for these retreats through the online calendar via the following link:   https://commongroundmeditation.org/currentevents/calendar/

Common Ground Non Residential Retreat Guidelines


Half-Day Retreats

Usually scheduled for the first Saturday of the month:

Saturday, August 3rd, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. with Shelly Graf  Register Here

Living in the Paradox—Self-Compassion for POC and No Self: A Retreat for People of Color with Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Femi Akinnagbe

Saturday, July 20th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Register Here

Pamela Ayo Yetunde is Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She came to United in 2017. She received her Th.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, where she specialized in pastoral counseling. Her research and scholarship focus on Object Relations Theory and psychotherapy, Buddhist psychology, Womanist Theology, Christian-Buddhist spiritual transitional stages, Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde as a spiritual and psychological resource, and chaplain formation. Yetunde has published a number of blog and magazine articles and has written journal articles. Yetunde lives in Minnesota with her spouse. She is an interfaith Buddhist practitioner.

Example Schedule for Half Day Retreat


Daylong Retreats (Please bring a bag lunch.)

Please join us for a day of retreat practice. The day will include guided meditation, walking meditation, lovingkindness meditation, and Dharma talk and discussion on refuge.  Please bring a bag lunch.

Usually scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the Month:

Daylong Retreat for Millenials with Shelly Graf and Gabe Keller-Flores

Saturday, July 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Register Here


Example Schedule for Daylong Retreat