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July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Calm and Clear Meditation Retreat

This three day meditation training/retreat will focus on the simple yet elegant meditation techniques for the development of Calm-Abiding (quiescence) and clarity of awareness . Participants will be guided through step-by-step instructions for cultivating:

• Open & Wakeful Presence
• Resting in Silence, Stillness & Non-conceptual Awareness
• Single-focused & Stable Attention
• Mindfulness
• Equanimity and Joyful Tranquility.

Calm-Abiding is considered foundational for further training in the practice of Insight Meditation. With motivated and consistent practice, Calm-Abiding meditation can contribute to the purification of mental afflictions and imbalances, giving rise to a sense of well-being characterized by open, wakeful presence and the experience of mental and physical pliancy. Calm & Clear is an introductory training suitable for anyone who has had little or no experience with meditation. In addition, Calm & Clear meditation instruction can also be appropriate and helpful to individuals with prior meditation experience but whose progress has plateaued due to inconsistent attentional stability and mindfulness in their practice.

Dr. Arthur Giacalone is a Clinical/Consulting psychologist in private practice in Walnut Creek, California. He has taught widely in a number of venues throughout North America, Europe, Cyprus, Hong Kong and China. Dr. Giacalone has studied, practiced and taught meditation and its applications to psychotherapy and well-being for over 35 years. In 1994 he co-founded The Institute of Contemplative Studies, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the training of graduate and postgraduate psychologists and psychotherapists in consciousness and contemplative life. Dr. Giacalone held the position of Chairman in the Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University from 1989-1991. He has been a continuing education provider for the California Psychological Association since its inception in 1994. Dr. Giacalone has also served as a management consultant and trainer in solution-focused coaching, organization development, and competency based executive hiring. The International Thomas Merton Society elected Dr. Giacalone a 2004-05, William Shannon Fellow for his research on Thomas Merton and Contemplation.

When: Friday 05:00 pm - Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: St. Mary's Hall: $365.00 (Single), The Anna House: $465.00 (Single)

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