Friday May 6 (4:00 p.m.) – Sunday May 8 (3:00 p.m.), 2016
What is the best way to live our lives amid the distractions and unsettling news of these turbulent times? Buddhist psychology provides ancient yet remarkably current teachings that help us cut through confusion and create practices that deepen our lives. As one Buddhist master put it: “When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy.” This workshop is both an introduction to Buddhist psychology and an invitation to face the specific challenges of our times with insight, courage, and compassion. Taking advantage of the unique setting at Wintergreen, it will combine teaching and reflection sessions, experiential practices, time in the natural world, and a chance to meet “fellow travellers.” Offering an unflinching look into the nature of suffering and the path to inner peace, Buddhist Psychology for Turbulent Times will be of interest to anyone looking for a meaningful and truly grounded way of being in this beautiful and difficult world.
While there will be opportunity for meditation practice, this is not primarily a meditation retreat. That said, if you have meditation supplies (cushions, benches), you may wish to bring them.
For those who have previously attended this workshop: The core content of the retreat will be repeated but some new material will also be switched in, especially as it relates to putting the theory into practice.
About the instructor…
Andy Fisher, PhD, has been serving the Perth area as a psychotherapist and wilderness guide for 15 years. He has been on a Buddhist path since the mid-1990s. Author of the book Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life (SUNY Press, 2013), Andy is also a leading figure in the field of Ecopsychology, and teaches widely on this topic. He and his wife Jill live on a small homestead in eastern Ontario, where they regularly lead wilderness therapy retreats together.
When to arrive…
The workshop begins with dinner on Friday, May 6. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:00 for a snack and a cup of tea or coffee, and to settle into your room or cabin. The workshop ends Sunday afternoon.
WORKSHOP FACILITIES, MEALS (6 meals), and ACCOMMODATION (2 nights):
Off-site – $225; Tenting – $275; Shared room with twin beds – $325; Woodland cabins – $350; Private room – $400 for one person; $500 for a couple. HST extra.
In keeping with the Buddhist spirit of the workshop, Andy will not be paid by Wintergreen. Instead, he will ask you to make whatever donation to him you wish, based on your experience of the workshop. This approach is consistent with Buddhist tradition and with the principle of a gift economy.
Also in keeping with Buddhist practice, at the request of the instructor, the meals will be vegetarian and the weekend alcohol-free.