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Bilingual Day-long Retreat with Andrea Castillo and Rich Howard

August 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Five Spiritual Faculties/Las Cinco Facultades Espirituales

In this daylong, we will explore the Five Spiritual Faculties through brief talks, exercises, and discussion. These qualities – faith (confidence), energy (effort), mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom – support our intention to be freed from suffering. They are pragmatic skills that can be developed and implemented in every day life as well as formal meditation.

The talks will be in English; discussion groups will be in Spanish (hosted by Andrea) and English (hosted by Rich). There will also be periods of silent meditation and mindful movement. Bring a potluck lunch item from your culture to share and plan to stay on the Sacramento Dharma Center (SDC) property to make the most of this day. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher.

We aspire to welcome all to this day of community and practice, including the human varieties of gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural and ethnic background, family situation, and citizenship or immigration status.

ANDREA CASTILLO, originaria de la ciudad de México, ha practicado la meditación introspectiva (Insight o Vipassana) desde 1998 con su maestro Gil Fronsdal y ha participado en aproximadamente un total de 9 meses de retiros residenciales. Andrea ha impartido el dharma en español desde 2011 en el Insight Meditation Center (IMC) y desde 2015 en Against the Stream, San Francisco y en el Insight Santa Cruz. Obtuvo el doctorado en las Humanidades en 2009 de la Universidad de Stanford. También se graduó del Sati Center Chaplaincy Training Program, y del Dharma Mentoring Training Program ofrecido en IMC por Gil Fronsdal y Andrea Fella. Actualmente participa en dos cursos para maestros: IMC Local Dharma Leaders en CA y el Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training en Massachusetts.

RICH HOWARD has been an active practitioner and volunteer at SIM since 2004. His area of interest is bringing meditative awareness into everyday life. He participated in SIM’s 2007 India Pilgrimage and is a graduate of SIM’s second Practice Development and Leadership (PDL) program. He is a past president of the SIM Board. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa in the 1970s. His ancestors are from Ireland, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Sacramento Insight Meditation events are sustained by the generosity of instructors in offering teachings freely and on the generosity of students and members of the meditative community in the form of financial support, service and participation in events. With our practice of dana, we support our Sangha.

Registration Details

Pre-registration is required to secure your space at the retreat. The registration fee is $15 per person due before the start of the event. In addition to the registration fee, at the retreat there will be an opportunity to offer dana (in the form of a financial donation) to support the Visiting Teachers and Sacramento Insight Meditation.

For the fifteen dollar ($15) registration fee, we accept credit cards, checks and cash. No one will be turned away for lack of funds; please contact the registrar for more information. Day-of registration will be on a first-come first-serve basis, contingent on availability of space. If you plan to pay on the day of the retreat, please register now using the “Register” button below. Specify “Offline Payment” since payment on the day of must be by check or exact cash amount.

Summary of Important Dates

  • 07/30/2017 – Registration opens.
  • 08/21/2017 – Registration fee paid on or before this date.
  • 08/26/2017 – Attend and enjoy the wonderful retreat.

Questions for the Registrar?

Use the form below only if you need to contact the retreat registrar with any questions. Expect a reply within 48 hours. If you are ready to register for the retreat, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

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August 26
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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