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The 3-Yana Journey: An Exploration of the Stages of the Path

with Susan Piver

November 3 - November 7 CT

| $1500.00

WHAT: A small in-person retreat to practice and study together

WHEN: November 3-7, 2021

WHERE: My house in Austin, TX

COST: $1,500.00

Limited to 12 fully vaccinated participants with

a negative Covid test within 48-72 hours of 11/3/21.

(including 2 full scholarships) Already awarded.

Please apply below with a $500.00 deposit here.

If you are not accepted into the program, you will be refunded promptly.

 

Yana

“Yana” means vehicle and the Buddhist path includes three cycles (or vehicles) of teachings, each of which is essential to the journey. Though they are described sequentially, they are inseparable and each is equally important.

The first cycle of teachings, the Hinayana (or Foundational Vehicle), focuses on what we need to begin the spiritual journey altogether. Discipline, simplicity, and renunciation create the basis that enables us to practice at all. Without these qualities, we simply wander.

The second cycle, or Mahayana teachings, is about what we all encounter once we build a measure of stability into our practice: our hearts open. Mahayana is translated as the “greater vehicle” but this does not mean it is the “better vehicle.” Rather, I interpret it to mean that it redirects our attention from the purely personal to the relational; to the greater world. As such, the Mahayana teachings center on lovingkindness, compassion, how to be a force for goodness and sanity, and the truth of emptiness, which is considered the absolute form of love.

The third cycle, the Vajrayana or indestructible vehicle, offers teachings and practices that enable us to see the entire world and every moment of our experience as somehow sacred.

Together, the three yanas cover the entire spiritual journey.

We experience all three yanas through our meditation practice, so we will spend most of our time on the cushion (or chair). Extended periods of sitting will be interspersed with selected readings and deep conversation about how to bring these profound teachings into our lives.

 

SCHEDULE

6:30p – 8p Opening session at my house: introductions, overview, discussion

 

630a – 730a Optional swim at Barton Springs!

9a-1030a Opening practice session

1030a-1130a Study session

1130a-12p Practice session and discussion

12p-130p Lunch (at my house; included)

130p-3 Practice session and discussion

3-4 Tea and snacks (included)

4-5 Practice session

Dinner on your own

 

630a – 730a Optional swim at Barton Springs!

9a-1030a Practice session

1030a-1130a Study session

1130a-12p Practice session and discussion

12p-130p Lunch (at my house; included)

130p-2 Practice session and discussion

2p-3p Discussion

3-4 Tea and snacks (included)

4-5 Practice session

Dinner on your own

 

630a – 730a Optional swim at Barton Springs!

9a-1030a Practice session

1030a-1130a Study session

1130a-12p Practice session and discussion

12p-130p Lunch (at my house; included)

130p-2 Practice session and discussion

2p-3p Discussion

3-4 Tea and snacks (included)

4-5 Practice session

Dinner together; someplace healthy, fun (included)

 

630a – 730a Optional swim at Barton Springs!

930a-11a Practice session

11a-12p Closing conversation

12p-130p Lunch (at my house; included)

 

 

Cost and other details

Included: Each retreat costs $1500 and includes practice and study that unfold over a 5-day period. We will spend about 25 hours of retreat time together (not including early morning swims if you are so inclined). Lunches, snacks, tea, coffee and dinner Saturday night are included.

Not Included: Other meals, travel, and accommodations. I will make a list of great places to eat and listen to music–Austin is such a wonderful place and I want these retreats to be deeply serious and completely joyful.

Retreat is a precious opportunity to disconnect from the day-to-day and give your wisdom mind and loving heart a chance to relax, open, and discover something deeper. I look forward to accompanying you on the journey.

These retreats are small and personal and therefore I’m asking for applications to ensure a cohesive group.

Scholarships will be awarded two months before each retreat begins. (Already awarded.)

If you want to apply (and these will fill fairly quickly if past retreats are any indication), please do so here:

Please apply below with a $500.00 deposit here.

(Option to pay in three installments.) If you are not accepted into the program, you will be refunded promptly.

Will I need a car?

It depends where you stay. I live in the heart of South Austin right on a bus line. It is also easy to call Uber or Lyft. The house is 2 miles from downtown Austin, so plan accordingly if you’d like to stay there.

What should I bring?

All you need is comfortable clothes for lengthy sittings and study. I will supply meditation cushions, chairs, and whatever is needed for group meditation practice.

If you want to go swimming with me in the mornings, pack a bathing suit and towel. (There will be time after our swim to go back to where you’re staying to shower and change.)

What is included in the price?

  • 4 program days of study, meditation, and community
  • Meditation instruction and guided conversation about the 3-Yana Journey
  • 4 lunches (healthy, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options)
  • Coffee, tea, juices, water, light snacks throughout the day
  • Dinner Saturday night
  • Meaningful conversation with Susan and your fellow students

What is the refund policy?

A refund will be offered (minus the deposit) if you cancel by September 3, 2021.

 

What if I have other questions?

Email us! Happy to answer any questions.

FAQs

Where is your house? What neighborhood is it in?

The house is on Powell Circle in South Austin, just south of Oltorf and South First Streets.

 

What is the neighborhood like?

Residential and quiet but very close to restaurants, shops, and fun South Congress Ave (aka “SoCo.”)

Can you connect me with a roommate to help defray some of the expense?

Maybe. The application form has a space to indicate if you’d like a roommate. If there is more than one of you who does, I’ll introduce you and you can take it from there.

 

I love the idea of a morning swim. Will it be cold? How will I get there and is there a fee?

Barton Springs is a huge in-town, spring-fed pool and it is truly my happy place. The water is 68 degrees year-round. There is a huge parking lot. It is a short Uber/Lyft ride from either my neighborhood or downtown Austin. (Especially at 6:30am!) There is no fee before 8:00 am.

Will I have to come to your house in my wet bathing suit?

No, there will be time to get back to wherever you’re staying to shower and change.

How will I get to your house?

Bus, carpool, Uber/Lyft, or, perhaps, walk (if you are staying close enough

Where will we go to eat on Saturday?

Not sure of the destination yet, but it will be healthy.

Hope to see you there! Love, Susan

If you have any questions, please contact us, here.

 

Details

Start:
November 3
End:
November 7
Cost:
$1500.00
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