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Meditation or Yoga Mini-Retreat Online with Rev. Carl & Carrie Dennison

  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - Noon)
Sample Schedule
(Zoom links will be sent no later than 24 hours in advance to all registered participants.)
  • 8:45 a.m. Registration (set-up mat/cushions/chairs)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening Circle (30 minutes) in Carl's Zoom Room
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 45-minute Practice Period
    • Yoga track (Carrie's Zoom Room)
    • Meditation track (Carl's Zoom Room)
  • 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.
    • Be back in either Carrie's Zoom Room (for yoga) or Carl's Zoom Room (for meditation) no later than 10:45am
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 45-minute Practice Period
    • Yoga track (Carrie's Zoom Room)
    • Meditation track (Carl's Zoom Room)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Noon Closing Circle (30 minutes) in Carl's Zoom Room

You can 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.

What You Will Need

  • 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. 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. Carl is part of the meditation teacher training program through Buddhist Geeks.

Carrie Dennison will be filling in for Irene for the yoga portions at the April Retreat, as she has done on some previous retreats. Carrie has completed a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training program, and is a wonderful instructor. For more info on Carrie, visit her website at selfcarewithcarrie.com.

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
    • Deconstructing Yourself - Mindfulness, Meditation, Awakening, Hardcore Dharma, and more
  • Where can I practice in between retreats?
    • UUCF Buddhist Fellowship - currently with meetings: (a) twice/month on Sundays, (b)Wednesdays midday, and (c) Thursday evenings.
    • Frederick Refuge Recovery - Meditation-based Addiction Recovery Group on Thursday evenings.
    • Irene teaches a weekly class at UUCF.

How to Meditate (Basic)

How to Meditate (Intermediate to Advanced)

  • The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates), Ph.D.

(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/retreat.)