Retreats

Jan. 20: Being Pissed: Liberation through Anger
Feb. 17: Just This: Waking Up to the Truth of Your Own Life
Mar. 3: Mindfulness and Trauma: A Workshop for Women*
May 30-Jun 6: Metta Meditation Retreat

Jan. 20: Being Pissed: Liberation through Anger

A Half-Day Workshop with Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens

Description
Many of us struggle with anger and aggression. Sometimes we are aware of our anger but often we are out of touch with how anger manifests in most parts of our lives. The Buddha taught that anger was a form of aversion, a direct effort to avoid a certain situation. Historically and of late, we have witnessed how anger gives way to violence. Unfortunately, we seem to be surrounded by this negative energy in our homes, workplaces, and schools. How do we begin working with this energy in our practice, enabling us to transform anger in our minds and in our environments into peace? How do we understand that anger is actually an important teacher for us?

This program will begin with a period of meditation, followed by a talk and teacher-led discussion.

When
Saturday, January 20
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where
The Thalia Theatre (Rehearsal Room)
288A Green Street
Central Square, Cambridge

Cost
Basic rate: $35
Sustaining rate: $50
There is an opportunity at the end of the event to offer additional dana for the teacher.

Registration
Please select a price option below and then click the button to pay the registration fee online. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Payment Options

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Teacher
Lama Rod Owens is the guiding teacher for the Radical Dharma Boston Collective and teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). He holds a master of divinity degree in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and LiberationLama Rod is officially recognized by the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Please see our “Teachers” page for a fuller bio.

Feb. 17: Just This: Waking Up to the Truth of Your Own Life

A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher

Description
The causes of emotional distress and suffering are subtle and hard to see. Ironically, freedom from suffering is not a complicated path: the Buddha taught that learning to be with our experience just as it is provides the only real opportunity for release. Despite this, it’s easy to fall into the habit of using meditation to get away from certain experiences or to try and fix our life, compromising our ability to experience the present moment directly.  This half-day retreat will explore the Buddha’s teachings about suffering and the end of suffering through periods of mindfulness meditation, a dharma talk, and an opportunity for sharing.

Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.

When
Saturday, February 17
Time: TBD

Where
TBD

Cost
Basic rate: $35
Sustaining rate: $50
There is an opportunity at the end of the event to offer additional dana (generosity).

Registration
Please select a price option below and then click the button to pay the registration fee online. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Payment Options

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Teacher
Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher for ATS Boston. He is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, among others, and was authorized to teach the dharma in 2015 by Noah Levine. For more about Chris, please see our “Teachers” page.

Mar. 3: Mindfulness and Trauma: A Workshop for Women*

A Half-Day Workshop with Julia Barry

Description
For many people, mindfulness practice provides refuge from the daily experience of suffering, but for others who have experienced overwhelming life events, mindfulness practice can at times prove overwhelming. “Trauma” is not in the event itself but in how the nervous system responds to the event. Utilizing Somatic Experiencing® principles (mindfulness of body), we will work to develop skills to unwind these nervous system patterns and cultivate various ways to adapt mindfulness practices to better suit our needs. Individual and dyadic practices will be explored.

Women’s experiences have been brought to the forefront of collective consciousness recently. While this workshop is not intended to provide a group therapy environment, it is intended to provide a well-held space for women to explore some of their own experiences on a nervous system level and to develop skills and practices to navigate their own nervous system responses in the current climate.

*All female-identified people welcome.

When
Saturday, March 3
Time: TBD

Where
TBD

Cost
Basic rate: $35
Sustaining rate: $50
There is an opportunity at the end of the event to offer additional dana (generosity).

Registration
Please select a price option below and then click the button to pay the registration fee online. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Payment Options

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Teacher
Julia Barry is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing® practitioner in Boston. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of single-event trauma, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, mother/infant bonding, relationship issues, sex and sexuality, and personal growth.  Julia has received training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, with an emphasis on adult and infant attachment as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, Somatic Experiencing® (a body-based method for working with trauma) and EMDR.

May 30-Jun 6: Metta Meditation Retreat

With Sayadaw U Inndaka, May Myint Oo, and Chris Crotty

Description
For the third year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and his translator Mimmi are joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast. This seven-night silent retreat will offer instruction in metta or loving-kindness meditation, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and one-on-one teacher interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will be held at IMC Newburyport’s beautiful rural meditation center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

When
Wednesday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (seven nights)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Registration
This retreat offers both residential and commuter options. The residential option allows you to stay in the retreat residence at IMCN and better maintain your container of silence, while the commuter option allows you to sleep at home each night for a lower cost. There is also a tiered pricing system (see the dropdown menu below); paying at the highest level you can afford allows us to offer retreats to as many people as possible. In addition, there is an option to attend the retreat for just one day, on Saturday, June 2.

To register, please download the appropriate registration form and fill it out and submit it. You may pay by mailing a check, authorizing a credit card transaction, or via PayPal by selecting your pricing option below and then clicking “Pay Online.”

Residential Registration Form
Commuter Registration Form
Saturday-Only Registration Form

Please note, none of the money from the registration fee goes to the teachers; there will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer dana (generosity) to support the teachers.

Payment Options

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Teachers

Sayadaw U Inndaka is from Myanmar (Burma) and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

May Myint Oo (Mimmi) has been practising meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. She has also translated many of his writings.

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher of Against the Stream Boston. He met Sayadaw U Inndaka in 2010 while sitting the traditional three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Chris continues to practice with Sayadaw U Inndaka both in Myanmar and the United States.