Summer Meditation Retreats
During the summer months we typically see a decline in sales here at Sage Meditation. This is, of course, due to the natural course of the season. As we've come out of the dreary winter and the pleasant, yet cool and rainy spring, the warm summer days invite us to get outdoors and enjoy the world around us.
In the current economic situation, many of us have become familiar with the phrase "staycation" - a melding of the idea of staying home for vacation. This makes good sense: it's affordable, it's a lot less work than packing for a trip, and it can really be enjoyable. With a little creative energy, one can even create a meditation retreat. Disconnect the TV, unplug the telephone, turn off the cell phone, set up a nice meditation space, and make a 3-day retreat.
However, you shouldn't rule out taking a meditation retreat at one of the many retreat centers in the world. They are really quite affordable. For example, the Ananda Retreat Center in Nevada City, CA is offering a Living Wisdom Family Camp for a mere $350 per adult ($300 per child). This price includes a 7-day retreat with lodging and meals. Of course, transportation is extra and this may not be a convenient location for everyone.
Using Google, however, it is easy to find retreat centers within driving distance in many cases. Simply Google "retreat centers, my state". In my case, I Googled "retreat centers, wisconsin". I received several legitimate results - a few that I didn't even know about. Admitedly, I wasn't interested in Christian Church retreat centers, but many of the Christian retreats are including meditation as a part of their practices. Here is a brief list of retreat centers I found with my Google search:
- The Christine Center in northcentral Wisconsin offers several opportunities.
- Namaste Retreat Center in Lake Mills, WI is only 20 minutes from me. I'll be contacting them to see what they have to offer.
- By changing the search term to "meditation retreats, wisconsin" if found our local Vipassana group and their list of upcoming retreats.
By changing the search terms, you can find quite a variety of available retreat centers and groups. I live near Illinois and Minnesota, so I could also search for retreats in those locations. In about 15 minutes of searching I came up with several ideas and many summer retreats from which to choose.
Of course, if you find a retreat, you may need some meditation cushions or a nice gentle gong timer or clock to take with you. Just for visiting my blog and to help you save some money for a retreat, be sure to take 10% off your order by entering the code SMMR10 in the coupon code box during the checkout process. Write the code down so you don't have to find it again later. The code can be used several times, so please share it with others. The code cannot be used toward the purchase of Gift Certificates, Seconds Timers, or with other discounts (except the discounted Zafu & Zabuton or Cosmic Cushion & Zabuton Sets).
I hope that you find an affordable and enriching retreat near you. Take advantage of the summer and continue your meditation or yoga practice.
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