Meditation-Yoga Mini-Retreat with Rev. Carl & Irene Glasse
- Saturday, February 15, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - Noon)
- $20 in advance (no later than the day before) / $25 at door (split between the instructors & UUCF; sliding scale available upon request).
- If possible, please pay in advance through our February Retreat Eventbrite link to help us better prepare for the approximate number of participants.
- Please spread the word, and bring a friend! You can help raise awareness about this event through our February Retreat Facebook Event.
- 8:45 a.m. Registration (set-up mat/cushions/chairs)
- 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Opening Circle (15 minutes)
- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 1-hour Practice Period
- Yoga track (sanctuary): accessible sun salutations, pranayama (yoga breathing techniques), and heart and hip openers
- Meditation track (chapel): Dharma talk on “A Nondual Practice Map,” “Freestyle Social Noting,” “Ask Me Anything,” then “Silent Meditation” for remaining time.
- 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Moving Meditation (30 minutes)
- Maintain silence,
- Practice moving meditation at your own pace either inside or outside building.
- Be back in either sanctuary (for yoga) or chapel (for meditation) no later than 10:45am
- 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 45-minute Practice Period
- Yoga track (sanctuary): accessible twists and lower body stretches
- Meditation track (chapel): “Silent Meditation”
- 11:30 a.m. - Noon Closing Circle (30 minutes)
During the two practice periods, you have the option of following either the yoga track (in the sanctuary) or the meditation track (in the chapel). We don’t need to know in advance about your choice. You can also choose one track the first time and a different one the second time.
Both the meditation and yoga portions can be modified for all bodies, done from a chair, etc. Please contact if you have questions about accommodations that you haven't informed us about from a previous retreat.
What to Bring
- Dress comfortably
- Yoga Mat (unless choosing "meditation-only" option)
- Meditation Cushion/Seat/Bench - please do not plan to sit crossed legged directly on the floor unless you have extremely flexible hips! Instead, please bring a cushion/pillow that will at least elevate your hips above your knees--to set yourself up to be as comfortable as possible while sitting, so that you can be "relaxed, but alert."
- Alternatively, If you would prefer to meditation sitting in a chair, you may want to bring a small pillow for support of your lower back.
- If you are interested in purchasing a cushion, seat, or bench, one good option is The Monastery Store.)
- Optional: water bottle,
- Optional: light snack (can be eaten at beginning of moving meditation time),
- Optional: light blanket (if you might be cold from the air conditioning during the meditation time)
The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg has been the minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (Maryland) since 2012. Carl is also a student in the Pragmatic Dharma practice community, which is part of the Buddhist Geeks network. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Furman University. He has been a full-time minister since his ordination in 2003, and served two congregations prior to UUCF.
Irene Glasse found her way into yoga in 2010 while she was in the middle of an emotional and spiritual tailspin. She fell in love with the grounding, healing, strengthening practice and quickly became a ‘resident’ student at the Ananda Shala studio in downtown Frederick. The more Irene learned, the more she wanted to learn, which lead to a path of teaching. She completed the Prana Flow® 200 hr teacher training with Maria Garre at Ananda Shala in June of 2013. Irene became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in December of 2014. Irene teaches classes at that are accessible to all levels and bodies--and always delivers with a touch of humor.
- Where should I buy a meditation cushion?: monasterystore.org - Among the many good options for purchasing a meditation seat/cushion/mat for at-home practice, this was the best option when Carl last researched this question.
- What meditation app should I use?
- Insight Timer - an extremely useful aid for meditating: "Home to more than 1,900,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores." This app is the bell/timer that Carl uses during the retreat.
- 10% Happier - meditation for fidgety skeptics
- Brightmind - expands the boundaries of human potential through tailored meditation instruction from Shinzen Young.
- What are some good meditation podcasts?
- Be Here Now - a network of mindfulness and spirituality podcasts. Pick the one(s) that interest you most. (I particularly recommend Jack Kornfield's "Heart Wisdom" podcast and Joseph Goldstein's "Insight Hour" podcast.)
- Buddhist Geeks - not a lot of new episodes recently, but the archives are very much worth diving into.
- 10% Happier - with Dan Harris
- Insights at the Edge - Tami Simon's in-depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries. Listen in as they explore their latest challenges and breakthroughs—the leading edge of their work.
- Dharma Ocean - Reggie Ray has a special gift for applying the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people.
- Deconstructing Yourself - Mindfulness, Meditation, Awakening, Hardcore Dharma, and more
- Where can I practice in between retreats?
How to Meditate (Basic)
- How to Meditate for Beginners - a video to help you experiment with meditating for 90 seconds, including a good written introduction
- How to Meditate - Experiment with moving up gradually (as you are ready) from a 1-minute meditation to a 10-minute meditation to a 15-minute meditation to a 25-minute meditation.
- How to Meditate - a similar guide from The New York Times.
- Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris (book)
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana (book)
- Learn to Meditate: Foundational Practices by Reggie Ray (audio)
How to Meditate (Intermediate to Advanced)
- Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Bhante Gunaratana
- The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates), Ph.D.
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (Second Edition Revised and Expanded) by Daniel M. Ingram
(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/retreat.)