April 6, 2020

Finding True Refuge: An Online Retreat with Chas DiCapua and Tara Mulay


We’re saddened that we will not be offering Chas DiCapua and Tara Mulay’s retreat this April. As most of you probably know, IMS’s Retreat Center is now closed until May 20, and the Forest Refuge is closed through May 31, and, due to concerns over COVID-19.

We are thrilled, however, that Chas and Tara will offer an online version of their retreat here. The retreat begins on Friday, April 10, at 7 pm EDT.

At a time when circumstances force us all to isolate, our hope is that this program will bring people together, providing an online space that cultivates intimacy and connection rooted in the Dharma.

If you haven’t, please register for this retreat here.

This page includes the retreat schedule, Zoom information, and other retreat resources provided by the teachers. If you have additional questions, please email us atrc@dharma.org.

(Note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. If you are prompted for a password enter: 600080)

Weekend Retreat Schedule—Friday

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm Retreat Opening
Link to Recording

Weekend Retreat Schedule—Saturday

9:30 am – 10:40am Sitting Meditation, Walking Instructions
Link to Recording (Password: T7!O5D0R)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Sitting, Q&A, Eating Instructions
Link to Recording (Password: S2!GF535)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Standing/Sitting, Daily Life Practice
Link to Recording (Password: c1#N48^!)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Silent Sitting, Q&A, Eating Instructions
Link to Recording (Password: G4$C+K*t)

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Short Dharma Talk, Silent Sit, Instructions for evening practice.
Link to Recording (Password: a3%T8!&Q)

Weekend Retreat Schedule – Sunday

9:30 am – 10:00 am Sitting Meditation, Walking Instructions
Link to Recording (Password: n0!=#=4@)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Closing, Instructions for Practice at Home
Link to Recording (Password: N6@5%754)

Retreat Dana—Donate Now

Home Practice Resources: Mindful Movement and Dharma Seed Talks

Resources and Quotes from the Teaching Team

R.A.N.I. (or R.A.I.N.). (Shorthand phrase, e.g., “Sadness feels like this right now.”)

“The body is the teacher that never leaves you.”
~ Ayya Anandabodhi.

“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.”
~ Ajahn Chah

“We were always going to get sick and die.”
~ Ajahn Sucitto (explaining how, on a fundamental, nature of things level, nothing has changed in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic)

Sabra Saperstein

Mindful Movement

Chas DiCapua

Thoughts: March 13, 2020
Meditating with Physical Discomfort: March 11, 2020
Choiceless Awareness: March 7, 2020
Facebook Live: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, April 3, 2020
Facebook Live: Wise Effort, March 26, 2020

Tara Mulay

The Simplicity of the Practice: January 8, 2020

Zoom FAQ

Does it cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

The retreat teachers will be the only ones seen and heard during most of the retreat. We will have all participants muted, so you will not need to have your video turned on or worry about your audio working, except to see and hear the retreat teachers. During Q&A sessions you will have the option to turn on your microphone and video to ask a question.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.