Making Fear Less Fearful: A Weekend Meditation Retreat

A Weekend Thaypassana Meditation Retreat with Janice Sheppard and David Haskin.   “OH, FEAR, HERE YOU ARE AGAIN. I KNOWYOU. HOW INTERESTING THAT YOU’VECOME. MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR FEAR.”   — JACK KORNFIELD   We humans experience a wide range of emotions, including fear. Fear can sometimes help us, but without mindfulness, we often aren’t aware when our thoughts and actions arise automatically out of the habits of our mind related to our fears. The practices of meditation and mindfulness give us the tools to shine the light of awareness on even our most subtle fears so that they don’t silently guide and direct us. In this retreat, we will examine what fear is, how it may arise and overcome us, and some strategies and antidotes so we don’t live a life controlled by are asked to arrive in time for the retreat opening and attend all sessions through to the final closing session. Please note — during this retreat participants will be in Noble Silence.   Janice Cittasubha Sheppard has been practicing meditation since 1995 and teaching meditation since 2002. She received training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader program and from theabbots of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Lay Buddhist Minister in the Theravada Thai Forest lineage. She teaches introductory and continuing classes on meditation and leads a weekly meditation group for theMadison Insight Meditation Group. She leads Buddhist practice groups in Wisconsin prisons, and offers a year-long intensive program, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism for individuals seeking deeper understanding of the Buddha’s discourses and meditation practice.   David Haskin has practiced meditation since 1971 and has been a student of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1993. He was ordained into that teacher’s core practice community, the Order of Interbeing, in 2006. Davidhas been particularly moved and motivated by Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on engaging our practice of Mindfulness as we interact with others and with the world at large. He teaches Mindfulness widely, including to prison inmates, men’s groups, combat veterans and those in recovery from addictions. FAQs What are the retreat costs? Single-occupancy private Room, shared bath $280 Double-occupancy Room (semi-private bath) $230 (per person) Commuter (meals/retreat only) $170 What do the fees cover? Fees cover all meals Friday lunch through Sunday lunch, lodging, shared baths, towels and the meeting room. Vending machines for coffee/tea and snacks are available throughout the weekend. All meals will be vegetarian. If you have dietary restrictions, please make those known on your registration on the Eventbrite registration form. Fees cover retreat costs but do NOT include compensation for the teachers. Following an ancient tradition, David and Janice offer teachings freely and will gratefully accept dana, or a free-will offering, at the end of the retreat if you are able and if you find the teachings helpful. Registration Rooms will be sold on a first come first served basis. Registrants will be notified of other housing options if rooms sell out.Be prepared to make your room selection, state your roomate preference (if you are selecting a double room), report your dietary restrictions, and make full payment with a debit or credit card. If you have a question regarding the registration process before you register on, please contact our registrar, April Vazquez at aprilvazquezfitness@ you do not have access to a computer or online registration, please contact Steve Starr ( or 847-644-2389) to complete the process on your behalf. Are scholarships available? Scholarships are available based on personal financial need or circumstance. Please contact Steve Starr to discuss scholarship options. What’s the refund policy? Because of our obligation to pay rent to Chicago Cenacle Retreat & Conference Center, we must have the following policies regarding registration deadlines and cancellations. Full refunds will be given for registrations cancelled by August 30, 2019. One half the registration fee will be given for registration cancellations between September 1 and September 30, 2019. No refunds will be given for cancellations after September 30, 2019. Please note: Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. Once processed, refunds can take up to 7 business days to be credited to the registrant’s account. How do I request a refund? To request a refund, follow these instructions or contact the registrar, April Vazquez at Once issued, when will I receive my refund? Once processed, please allow 7 business days for the refund to be credited to your account. Who can I contact for questions about registration? For questions about registration, please contact April Vazquez at Parking/Transportation Options Directions: Chicago Cenacle Retreat & Conference Center, 513 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773-528-6300) is located on the south side of Fullerton one and a half blocks west of Clark Street. Parking: The Cenacle has a parking lot that will accommodate residential and commuting participants at no cost. NOTE — the lot is limited and will be administered on a first come, first served basis. Parkers are required to register their vehicle at the front desk in the lobby of the Cenacle. Street parking on Fullerton is permit and meter free (though very scarce) and there is a public parking garage on Lincoln, just north of Deming across from the old Children’s Memorial Hospital campus. Public transportation: Use the Red Line Fullerton stop and walk east. Use the 22 Clark Street bus, get off at Fullerton and walk west. Arrival: Please plan to arrive in time to start the retreat Friday at 10AM. Check in officially begins at 3PM, so we will schedule a time to check in to your rooms at 2PM. You may store your belongings in a secure closet until 3PM. Check out is officially 11AM on Sunday, however we may be granted late check out subject to the needs of the cleaning staff. Ample time will be given to retreatants for check out so we may remain in session until 3PM on Sunday. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If you use a meditation cushion or bench, please bring it. Chairs will also be available for meditation.