There is a five-day retreat as part of the FPM program. Participation in the retreat is required for everyone doing teacher training. The retreat is also open to individuals who have at least a year’s experience with TSK, mindfulness, or meditation, with consent of the instructor. To obtain consent of the instructor, please contact us.
The retreat will be held from June 10-15, 2019 at Roseman Creek Ranch, located in Gualala, California. It’s about a 3-hour drive north of the Bay Area, off a dirt road close to the coast highway (Highway 1).
The Ranch is owned by Katie Pence-Robbins, a friend of the community who has also participated in part of the FPM training. She is also doing all the cooking (vegetarian), including her famous breads. Katie is donating use of the facility; 2/3 of net proceeds will go to support the Odiyan Country Center.
Roseman Creek Ranch is a hand-crafted structure, built with loving care. It is off the grid (meaning that it generates its own power, though there are backup generators if needed). It sleeps 11, and there is quite a bit of room for camping for those who would like to economize or just like being outdoors under the beautiful night sky. Some rooms are private; others are not: register early to get your choice. For campers, there is a really nice outdoor shower. Weather in June should be perfect, though these days we can’t make any guarantees. We will arrange transportation once we know who’s coming.
The retreat starts with dinner on the 10th and ends mid-morning on the 14th. We will follow a retreat structure similar to those of retreats in the past.
1st day, Monday, June 10: Orientation and Introduction: 7:30-9:00 PM
Days 2-5, Tuesday-Friday, June 11-14
Optional early morning Kum Nye practice session, led by a retreatant
Morning session: 3 hours, with a half hour break
Afternoon session: 2 hours, with a short break
Evening session: 1 ½ hours.
Day 6, Saturday, June 15
Closing session after breakfast
Retreatants will take turns helping with kitchen cleanup and possibly food preparation.
Most sessions, except in the evenings, will be silent; meals are silent except the last day. Since this retreat is part of the teacher training, participants will be invited to lead or co-lead some sessions, and there will be opportunities for feedback.
Costs: $675; $375 for camping. Discounts are available for those with limited financial resources; please inquire.
Please use the form below to register for the retreat and pay with credit card or PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check, please email the information requested in the form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and mail the check to Center for Creative Inquiry, 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Please note that your space is not reserved until payment is received.