Radical Responsibility: A Summer Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Fleet Maull

June 13th—June 19th

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  • $425 Program Price
  • $500 Patron Price
Room: Meditation Hall

Cultivating Clarity, Compassion, Wisdom and Resilience for Challenging Times

During this intensive week-long retreat, we will learn and practice mindfulness-based emotional intelligence skills for enhancing self-regulation, building personal resilience, creating authentic relationships and building community. In a safe and supportive environment, we will examine the ways in which fear and survival-based habitual patterns get in the way of realizing happiness and fulfillment in our relationships, careers, and life altogether. We will explore simple yet powerful tools for connecting with our innate goodness and wisdom, allowing us to shift self-limiting habitual patterns and create the life we want.

We all have internalized a great deal of shame and trauma in our lives, some of us more so than others. It is part of the culture and rather inescapable. The same fear-based patterns that get in our way personally are also creating more inequity, suffering, shame, and trauma for everyone, especially those less privileged and marginalized in our society. These individual and collective fear and shame-based patterns are also causing unprecedented environmental damage and peril.

Radical Responsibility is about getting in a leadership position with our self in order to optimize the value and contributions we bring to relationships, community, and our world altogether.

This program is based on Acharya Maull’s work in the areas of social activism, prison work and Dharma, as well as his newest book Radical Responsibility. Please visit the book website to learn more about it.

Signed copies of the book will be available at the Berkeley Shambhala Center bookstore; those registered for the class can purchase the book at a 10% discount. 

About the retreat
The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction, dharma talks, silence, movement, individual sessions with a meditation instructor, contemplative meals, a hearty afternoon tea and a closing celebration. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.

This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites. 
This retreat is open to the public and all are welcome to join us. Beginning and experienced meditators will practice together and we will include both shamatha and vajrayana tracks. This retreat fulfills one week of a dathun requirement and vajrayana group practice days. 

Acharya Fleet MaullAbout the Teacher
Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD is a senior Shambhala lineage Dharma teacher and social activist working for peace & justice, criminal justice reform and social transformation. He is a pioneer and thought leader in the mainstream mindfulness movement, who founded Prison Mindfulness Institute, Engaged Mindfulness Institute and the Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety.

Fleet Maull is also a Roshi and successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman in the Zen Peacemaker Order and leads bearing witness retreats and street retreats in the U.S., Europe and Africa. Acharya Maull is an end of life care educator who founded National Prison Hospice Association and co-founded the Upaya Institute's Buddhist Chaplaincy Training.

Radical ResponsibilityHe is the author of Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good.

Partial Attendance
If you are unable to attend for the whole week you are welcome to drop-in for a day or more. When you register, there will be an option to write in the dollar amount of the day rate x the number of days you are attending. 

There is also a special rate of $150 for those who are attending the weekend (Saturday and Sunday June 13th and 14th). Just write in the amount when you register. 

However, no partial days are permitted.

Basic Schedule
Tea and coffee will be served at 8:30 AM and we will line up to enter the meditation hall at 8:45. There will be a contemplative lunch from 12 noon to 1:30 PM with time for chores, and a tea break from 3 to 3:30 PM. We will finish each day by 6 PM with optional evening sessons after dinner. 

Program Price: $425 
Patron Price: $500 
Day Rate: $80 (patron $100)
Special Weekend Rate: $150 for Saturday and Sunday only

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift directly to the teacher. Our teachers receive no salary or benefits, and depend upon this income in order to teach for a living. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration. There is no suggested amount–any amount is appreciated.

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For those who can pay the patron rate, funds will go towards ensuring everyone has access to the weekend. For more information please see our generosity policy. 

Please register and pay online in advance of the class to ensure your space and so that the coordinators know to expect you. 
This also simplifies phenomena for the registrars!

If you have questions, please contact JoshuaRaen, manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org