Weekend Retreats

Weekend Retreat Description:

MOI hosts quarterly weekend retreats at the Columban Fathers Retreat Center, located in the heart of Bellevue, NE. Our weekend retreats begin on Friday at 6:00pm and end on Sunday at 1:00pm. We ask that you arrive by 6:00 pm on Friday to settle in to your room and prepare for 6:30pm orientation and a light dinner, followed by practice and an 8:45pm teacher opening talk.

Directions from I-80 (Omaha, NE) | Columban Fathers, 1902 N. Calhoun Street, St. Columbans, NE 68056 | Travel South on Kennedy Freeway, exit at Highway 370 and turn left onto Harlan Drive. Continue to east to Galvin Road and then turn right, at the streetlight turn left onto Mission Avenue. Two blocks down turn left onto Calhoun Street. Drive all the way to the top of the hill until you see the entrance to the Columban property. As you enter the campus the first large, brick building on your left is the priest residence, continue down the road and take the next left, this will take you right into the parking lot north of the Columban Retreat Center. The access ramp in the back of the building is available to offload items, please do not park there.

Retreatant’s dorm-style bedrooms are offered as single rooms but accommodate double occupancy. Each room has two twin beds, sink, closet, and chair. A pillow, sheets, pillow case, and one blankets are provided. Please bring your own towels, and additional blankets or sleeping bags. The men and women’s restroom each containing three toilets and three shower stalls along with a large vanity and sink.

The retreat is spent in silent practice with alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation. Three meals are served – breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. Comprehensive meditation instruction and discourses on mindful living are offered daily. In addition, group or individual meetings with the teachers about meditation practice take place on Saturday.

    6:00pm Friday to 1:00pm Sunday | Sustaining: $245; Mid: $195; Base: $145

Weekend Retreat Schedule:

Friday (Opening Day):

    6:00 pm – Registration
    6:30 pm – Retreat Opens / Orientation
    7:00 pm – Light Dinner
    7:30 pm – Personal Time
    8:00 pm – Sitting meditation **Silence Begins**
    8:45 pm – *Teacher Discourse*
    9:30 pm – Optional Practice

Saturday (Day of Practice):

    6:00 am – Wake up
    6:15 am – Sitting meditation
    — 7:00am – 7:45am – Breakfast —
    8:45 am – *Sitting meditation with instruction*
    9:30 am – Walking meditation
    10:00 am – Sitting meditation
    10:45 am – Walking meditation
    11:15 am – Sitting meditation
    — 12:00pm – 12:45pm – Lunch —
    2:00 pm – Sitting meditation
    2:45 pm – Walking meditation
    3:15 pm – Sitting meditation
    4:00 pm – Walking meditation
    4:30 pm – Sitting meditation
    — 5:15pm – 6:00pm – Light Dinner —
    7:00 pm – Sitting meditation
    7:45 pm – *Teacher Discourse*
    8:45 pm – Walking meditation
    9:15 pm – Sitting meditation
    10:00 pm – Late tea, further practice or sleep

Sunday (Closing Day):

    6:00 am – Wake up
    6:15 am – Sitting meditation
    — 7:00am – 7:45am – Breakfast —
    8:45 am – *Sitting meditation with instruction*
    9:30 am – Walking meditation
    10:00 am – Sitting meditation
    10:45 am – Walking meditation
    11:15 am – Sitting meditation **Silence Ends**
    — 12:00pm – 12:45pm – Lunch —
    1:00 pm – Retreat Ends

 
Meals are nutritious and vegetarian.

The retreat is funded using a sliding scale payment system. The intent of this approach is to make the retreat accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their financial situation. A base level payment is required to reserve your seat. At the end of the retreat, you will be invited to make an additional contribution to the teachers and to MOI based on:

  • Your knowledge of the actual costs of offering the retreat (the value).
  • Your sense of the benefits from the retreat to you and your relationships.
  • Your interest in seeing this work made more fully available to benefit the community.

 
You are asked to give from your abundance in a way that honors what you received and honors the truth of your financial situation. The opportunity to make an additional contribution to the teachers and to MOI at the end of your retreat helps support MOI’s mission and the teacher’s efforts to devote time for their own practice, ensuring that their teachings are continuously enriched.

MOI’s deepest aspiration is to share meditation instruction and mindfulness training with all who are interested, regardless of their ability to pay. We count on your generous support to operate our center, to provide affordable rates and to give financial assistance to our retreatants when possible.

Whenever you are inspired to offer a donation, you join a community directly engaged in alleviating suffering and bringing greater wisdom and compassion to the world.

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