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Heather Martin, Vipassana teacher from Salt Spring Vipassana Community, will lead a two-day meditation retreat in Port Townsend, WA in October.  Heather has led two weekend retreats in Port Townsend in the last two years and we are all very enthusiastic to have her here again.

Reservations are requested so that we know how many people to plan for.  The following is the announcement message from the Port Townsend sangha.

Her practical and wholehearted approach embodies ease and joy, while grounded in realism

——from Heather Martin web page

The Port Townsend Sangha is pleased to announce that vipassana teacher Heather Martin will be back in Port Townsend to lead a two-day non-residential retreat on the weekend of October 2-3, 2010.

Heather is the resident teacher of the Vipassana  group on Salt Spring Island off the coast of Vancouver. She is also the guiding teacher for the Victoria Vipassana Community, http://www.victoriavipassana.org/, and the sanghas in Bellingham and on Samish Island. She teaches at centers up and down the West Coast and at times at IMS in Barre, Mass.

This retreat is based on the Vipassana Buddhist practice and follows a typical retreat format.  We will sit in meditation for periods from 30 to 45 minutes at a time, interspersed with walking meditation.  The teacher will give a dharma talk each day and probably some additional teachings.  She will probably also meet with some small groups.  We will be in noble silence during retreat times.

We plan to meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The retreat will be held at the Yacht Club in Port Townsend. Please plan to arrive in time to be settled in by 9 a.m.

While the space should be ample for all who want to attend, we still need to know how many people to expect. To register or ask questions, fill out the contact form below. We will reply acknowledging your registration and answering any questions.

If you can only come for one day, please let us know. A week or two prior to the retreat we will email all registrants more complete directions to the meditation hall and any other pertinent information. We will be sitting on a vinyl tiled floor, but there are also chairs for your use.  Please bring any cushions, mats, or wraps that you will need for sitting.  We are not able to provide any cushions, etc. Chairs will be provided.

As is typical practice in our tradition, there is no charge for the teachings, but we encourage everyone to practice generosity by giving dana to the teacher so that she may continue to teach the Dharma.  Like many teachers, Heather has chosen to make the practice and teaching of the dharma her sole work, and she relies on our generosity for her sustenance.  There is a $10 charge to help defray the cost for the room and the expense of organizing the retreat.

The retreat is over and registration is closed.


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