Meditation Retreat

A Day of Meditation with Susan Schmickle
Mindfulness with Heart

The Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality will be sponsoring a full day meditation retreat suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Saturday, October 30, 2004
10:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Place: United Campus Ministries, 321 N. 7th Street.

We are fortunate to be hosting a visit by Susan Schmickle, an experienced meditation teacher and retreat leader from the Oakwood Retreat Center near Muncie, IN. Jean Kristeller, whose special focus is using mindfulness meditation related to eating and weight problems, will assist in leading eating meditation experiences.

To register, contact Jean Kristeller at pykris@isugw.indstate.edu, by Thursday, October 29. Space is limited.

COST: The Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality will be covering Susan's travel expenses. There will be a $5.00 charge for beverages and other refreshments. Please bring brown bag lunch. Teacher Support: Donations are accepted - In the spirit of Vipassana, teachings are offered freely with appreciation for generosity of contributions to the teacher.

The day will include concentration and mindfulness (insight) meditation practice, guided meditation in loving kindness, walking and eating meditation, and discussion. Instruction will be given for those who are not familiar with the practices.

Please bring a blanket and cushions (more than one is recommended) if you wish. Chairs will be available. 

About the Teacher
Susan Schmickle is the resident Retreat Coordinator at Oakwood Retreat Center in Selma, Indiana. In that capacity, she supports practices of people from many spiritual disciplines. As a meditation teacher, she uses the tools of Theravada Buddhist practice to bring into focus the true nature of human life and experience. Matthew Flickstein is her teacher and mentor.

In our search for happiness, joy, and love in life we often look for it outside of ourselves. Like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, we may not realize that these qualities are an expression of our true nature because they are often hidden by doubt, confusion, and difficult emotions or states of mind. In this day of silent meditation, we will explore how mindfulness can be used to cut through these difficulties to reveal that which is intrinsic to us as human beings.