Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April News and Announcements

Changes in "sit" schedule

Beginning next week the Wednesday morning and Thursday evening sits will no longer be held due to lack of participation.  The Tuesday noon, Sunday at 6 pm and second Saturdays will continue.  Starting on May 14th the Saturday sit time will be changed from 8-11 am to 9-12 am to better accommodate you.  We hope to have you join us.

Salida Sangha 2015 Financial Summary

The Salida Sangha was in good financial health at the end of 2015. For income, we budgeted $10,200 for Pledges and weekly Sit Dana and received $10,479. We budgeted $10,020 for expenses and spent $12,226.21. The $2,206.21 difference was due to one time expenses for the Sangha House, rental of the Community Center for a public talk, and an unbudgeted donation to the kitchen staff at Blazing Mountain where we held our March 2015 residential retreat. Our cash balance as of 12/31/2015 was $14,356 which includes $384 for the Non-Residential Retreat Reserve, $726 for the Repair & Maintenance Reserve, and $434 in the Scholarship Fund.

If you have any questions or would like copies of the Salida Sangha Profit & Loss Statement and/or Balance Sheet, please contact Cindy Sasso at 970-406-0433 or cindysasso87@gmail.com.

 Salida Sangha March 2016 Non-Residential Retreat with Brian Lesage

The March 2016 retreat was held at a new location called Meadowrock. 30 people attended the retreat. We received $1,605 in Dana and paid $1,296 in expenses. The expenses included facility rent of $800, Brian’s mileage of $406 and retreat expenses of $90. The profit of $308 has been designated for the Non-Residential Retreat Reserve for future retreats. The comments we received were primarily positive. The few unfavorable comments will be addressed by the Board. These evaluations are important and are very much appreciated.

June 26, 2016 Salida Sangha Member Meeting and Potluck

The Board has several items and updates we’d like to discuss with our Sangha.  The meeting and potluck will be held June 26th at the Sangha House, 148 D Street, Salida at 5 pm. If you have any items to be added for discussion, please contact Roberta:  roberta@robertasmithart.com

Salida Sangha Non-residential Fall Retreat with Brian Lesage is Scheduled for September 16, 17, 18, 2016 

Our location has not been finalized but we want you to get it on your calendars.

Salida Sangha March 3-9, 2017 6-Day Residential Retreat at Blazing Mountain, Crestone with Brian Lesage and Susie Harrington

Please save the date for this 2017 retreat. Registration will open in September.   More information will be available then.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

March 12 & 13th, 2016 Retreat with Brian Lesage

 The Art of Living

Practicing the Buddhist Teachings on Dependent Origination

2-day Non-residential Insight Meditation Retreat

Saturday: 9am-5pm  Sunday: 9am-4pm

March 12th & 13th, 2016

Nathrop, CO

Dana-based Retreat (no cost, but offerings of generosity gratefully accepted)

You are me, I am you. Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?

You cultivate the flower in yourself, so that I will be beautiful.

I transform the garbage in myself so that you will not have to suffer.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Come join us in exploring this profound art of living that has the potential to transform our lives.  This exploration will be based on an experiential understanding of the Buddhist teachings on Dependent Origination, or in other words, understanding the causes and conditions that shape our lives.  The retreat will consist of continuous mindfulness meditation in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation combined with time for discussion to support the process happening in the silence. In the silence, we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward where we can learn this art of the spiritual path. This path allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise. This retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners. We ask everyone to commit to stay to the end of the retreat, except for unexpected emergencies. 

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000.  He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma.  You can also visit his website for Somatic Experiencing at: www.liberatingawareness.com.

Space is limited, so please register early.  If you have any questions, please contact Roberta at 719-539-1732.

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To reserve your space for the retreat, please fill out this registration form by March 5th and mail to: Salida Sangha, PO Box 1420, Salida, CO 81201 or email to: salidasangha@gmail.com. If the retreat fills, you will be placed on a waiting list in the order that this registration form is received.  If you need housing for the retreat weekend, please let us know and we will find accommodations for you with a local Sangha member

Name____________________________________________
Phone____________________________________________
Address__________________________________________
E-mail____________________________________________
Have you practiced vipassana meditation before?__________

Participant Waiver: I understand that I am wholly responsible for my health and safety for the duration of the retreat, from its advent to close, and hereby waive and hold harmless the Salida Sangha and Brian Lesage from any liability whatsoever resulting from my participation. I understand meditation can pose certain risks, and agree not to hold the Salida Sangha and Brian Lesage responsible or liable in the event of any accident, illness (mental or physical), loss of personal belongings, physical injury or emotional distress resulting from my participation in this retreat. I understand that I am fully responsible for obtaining any necessary medical treatment should any accident, illness or discomfort arise on the retreat.

Signature_________________________________________

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

 The Power of Stillness and Presence  with Brian Lesage


2-Day Nonresidential Insight Meditation Retreat

Saturday and Sunday, September 19th-20th, 2015

9am-5pm Saturday

9am-4pm Sunday

Bright Star Ranch, Salida, CO

Dana-based Retreat (no cost, but offerings of generosity gratefully accepted)

At the still point of the turning world...Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is... –T.S. Eliot

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness meditation in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In the silence, we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward. Being aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.

The retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike and will include meditationinstruction, dharma talks, teacher interviews and discussion time. We ask everyone to commit to stay to the end of the retreat, except for unexpected emergencies. It can be unnecessarily disruptive when people leave early.

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma. You can also visit his website for Somatic Experiencing at: www.liberatingawareness.com.

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Space is limited, so please register early. If you have any questions please contact Roberta at 719-539-1732.

Registration Form

To reserve your space for the retreat, please fill out this registration form by September 10th and mail to: Salida Sangha, PO Box 1420, Salida, CO 81201 or email to: salidasangha@gmail.com. If the retreat fills, you will be placed on a waiting list in the order that this registration form is received. If you need housing for the retreat weekend, please let us know and we will find accommodations for you with a local Sangha member.

Name___________________________________________

Phone____________________________

Address____________________________________________________________________________

E-mail_____________________________________________________________________________

Have you practiced vipassana meditation before?_______________________________________

If yes, for how long? _________________

Participant Waiver: I understand that I am wholly responsible for my health and safety for the duration of the retreat, from its advent to close, and hereby waive and hold harmless the Salida Sangha and Brian Lesage from any liability whatsoever resulting from my participation. I understand meditation can pose certain risks, and agree not to hold the Salida Sangha and Brian Lesage responsible or liable in the event of any accident, illness (mental or physical), loss of personal belongings, physical injury or emotional distress resulting from my participation in this retreat. I understand that I am fully responsible for obtaining any necessary medical treatment should any accident, illness or discomfort arise on the retreat.

Signature_________________________________________________________________

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Recap of June 7th Sangha Meeting

For those of you who were unable to attend here is a quick recap of the Salida Sangha Meeting and Potluck held June 7, 2015.

1. The Board gave a report on the following topics:
a. Revised Mission and Vision statements - now posted on our website
b. Blazing Mountain retreat in March - 60 participants, very successful.
c. Retreat schedule and plans for September 19 & 20, 2015 at Bright Star, dates are pending for 2016, 2017
d. 501c3 approved April 2015
e. Conditional Use permit for D Street approved May 18, 2015
f. Weekday sits added on Tuesday noon, Wednesday 9 am, Thursday 6pm

2. Proposed budget reviewed by Cindy with comments from the sangha. Budget approved by the group.

3. Kym gave a report on the Caring Committee (members: Melody, Oren, Betsy, Marsha, Denise, Dee). The intention of this group is to assist sangha members, families and community members during times of need. The committee invites anyone needing non-financial support to contact one of the members. Their contact info will be on the website:

4. Publicity committee requests members for community outreach.

5. Proposed goals discussed by Elizabeth with suggestions added by the sangha (see list below).

6. A list of items still needed for the sangha house was explained and posted.

7. Discussion of dana by Denise. Pledge forms distributed. We are all very grateful that the generosity of the sangha covered the expenses for our 6 month trial period at the sangha house.

8. Suggestions by our sangha:
a. Add a contingency fund of 10% to the budget.
b. Service outreach to the community, i.e. Ascension church support for the homeless, meditation sessions at the jail and boys and girls club, etc.
c. Signage: around town (Yolo poster windows on first street) and at the sangha house.
d. Become a member of the Chamber of Commerce
e. Other groups renting D street house will be discussed more in the future.

9. YOGI JOBS for the next six months--Please sign up anytime in the kitchen at the sangha house.

MANY THANKS TO THE GREAT CREW THAT GATHERED AT THE HOUSE AFTER THE SATURDAY SIT AND DID A FABULOUS JOB OF PUTTING THE YARD IN ORDER!! We will continue to have a yard cleanup and weeding after the second Saturday sit each month. All help with yogi jobs is greatly appreciated to keep things running smoothly!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

March Retreat In Crestone Is Full

The March 13-17 retreat with Brian Lesage and Susie Harrington is full.
If you wish to be on the waiting list please contact Cindy Fisk: cfisk3@msn.com
There is always the possibility of last minute cancellations.
We really look forward to seeing everyone who is coming and we thank you for registering early as we requested!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

5-day Residential Retreat Awakening Love and Wisdom through Insight Meditation with Brian Lesage and Susie Harrington at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO Friday-Tuesday, March 13th-17th, 2015 (registration begins Friday at 2pm and the retreat ends Tuesday at 1pm)

Unique opportunity for the Intermountain West: A 5-­‐day Residential Insight Meditation Retreat with 2 regional Teachers in an amazing setting!

5-day Residential Retreat

Awakening Love and Wisdom

through Insight Meditation

with Brian Lesage and Susie Harrington
at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, CO
Friday-Tuesday, March 13th-17th, 2015
(registration begins Friday at 2pm and the retreat ends Tuesday at 1pm)

This retreat offers the unique opportunity to practice Insight Meditation at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center.  Blazing Mountain is situated on the sacred land of Crestone, Colorado. The surrounding environment in a beautifully designed meditation hall provide a spacious setting for practice. The comfortable accommodations and healthy vegetarian meals will nurture your well-being.
Insight Meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation. In the silence, we are freed from much of the daily barrage of stimulus that draws our attention outward, letting us delve deeply inward. Learning to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity allows us to see more clearly, and as insight deepens, compassion and wisdom can arise.
The retreat is designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike and will include meditation
instruction, dharma talks, individual practice discussions with teachers and group discussion time. We ask everyone to commit to stay to the end of the retreat. It can be unnecessarily disruptive when people leave early.

Cost varies depending on room selection. See details on registration below.
If you have any questions, please contact, Denise Ackert at 719-539-2906 or deniseackert@yahoo.com.

Brian Lesage has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1988 and has taught meditation since 2000. He has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. He was ordained in the Rinzai Zen tradition in 1996. His training in Vipassana Meditation includes doing extended meditation retreats in Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, and India as well as numerous retreats in the U.S. He leads retreats and teaches meditation courses nationwide. Brian also has a private practice in Somatic Experiencing, which is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma. You can also visit his website for Somatic Experiencing at:www.liberatingawareness.com.

Susie Harrington teaches internationally, is the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma, and serves communities in the Southwest near her home in Moab, Utah. She has trained in the Insight tradition since 1989, and in 2005 was invited into teaching by Jack Kornfield and Guy Armstrong. She has also been influenced by her practice with Advaita, Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachers. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and often emphasizes the expression of mindfulness interpersonally and in daily life. Susie brings the skills of inquiry, relational dharma, and the psychological/spiritual interface from her training in Hakomi Therapy and the Diamond Approach. Believing nature to be a profound teacher, and a gateway to our true self, she often offers retreats outdoors. For more information: www.desertdharma.org.

Cost varies depending on room selection. See details on registration form below.
If you have any questions, please contact, Denise Ackert at 719-539-2906 or deniseackert@yahoo.com.

Please fill out the registration form in full (thanks!) and send in with your deposit.
Name: ____________________________________ Email: ________________________________
Age: _______ Gender: ____________
Address: _____________________________ City: _______________ State: ________ ZIP: ______
Home phone: ___________________________ Cell Phone: __________________
Emergency contact name / phone: ____________________________________________
Please list any dietary restrictions: _________________________________________________________
Have you practiced vipassana meditation before? __________________ If yes, for how long? _________________
Participant Waiver: I understand that I am wholly responsible for my health and safety for the duration of the retreat, from its advent to
close, and hereby waive and hold harmless the Salida Sangha, Brian Lesage and Susie Harrington from any liability whatsoever resulting from my
participation. I understand meditation can pose certain risks, and agree not to hold the Salida Sangha, Brian Lesage, and Susie Harrington
responsible or liable in the event of any accident, illness (mental or physical), loss of personal belongings, physical injury or emotional distress
resulting from my participation in this retreat. I understand that I am fully responsible for obtaining any necessary medical treatment should
any accident, illness or discomfort arise on the retreat.
Signature ___________________________________________________________

Accommodations (meals and lodging) and Payment
Register early to get your room choice – as there are limited rooms in each category!
__ Dorm room, shared bath – 2 bunks (4 people) - $422 - Linens (sheets and towels) not included with dorm rooms, please bring your own.
__ Dorm room, shared bath – 1 bunk (2 people) - $462 - Linens (sheets and towels) not included with dorm rooms, please bring your own.
__ Double room, shared bath – 2 twin beds (2 people) - $502
__ Double room, private bath – 2 twin beds (2 people) - $562
__ Single room, shared bath – 1 twin bed (1 person) - $602
__ Single room, shared bath – 1 full bed (1 person) - $682
__ Single room, private bath – 1 twin bed (1 person) - $722
__ Single room, private bath – 1 full bed (1 person) - $762
__ Single room, private bath – 1 queen bed (1 or 2 people) - $802 (inquire for couples rate)

Limited scholarship funds are available, please apply early by contacting Cindy (see below).
Would you like to make a contribution to the scholarship fund? Yes ____ No ____
If yes, please indicate amount: __________ (many thanks)

Deposit: 50% due at time of registration, and final payment due by February 12, 2015 (but we happily accept full payment at time of
registration). Please make your check payable to Salida Sangha, and mail deposit to: Salida Sangha, PO Box 1420, Salida, CO 81201; for registration questions, email Cindy at cfisk3@msn.com or 970-406-0433.
Cancellation Policy: To cancel your registration, call Cindy at 970-406-0433.   Cancellation fees vary.

The Tradition of Dana: The Buddha’s teachings are offered according to the principal of Dana, an ancient Pali work meaning generosity, giving or gift. Dana has played a central role throughout the 2,500 year-old tradition of Buddhism. Honoring this ancient custom, the teachers in this lineage receive no salary, relying entirely on the generosity of retreat participants for their compensation. (Meals and housing for them while they are on retreat are provided). Participants will have the opportunity to offer dana at the end of the retreat, so please have either check or cash available for this purpose.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SEPTEMBER 26, 27,28 RETREAT WITH BRIAN LESAGE

DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS

When: The retreat begins on Friday September 26 at 9 am. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes early to get settled so we may begin promptly at 9 am. The retreat will end at approximately 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, resuming from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, September 28.  The daily schedules are attached to this email.

Where: The retreat is being held at Bright Star Ranch northwest of Salida, off of Highway 285. Bright Star Ranch Address: 12098 County Road 258A Salida, Colorado, 81211.

Directions from Salida
·         From Salida and Poncha Springs area, drive North on Hwy 24/285 towards Nathrop and Buena Vista. You will pass the turnoff at Hwy 291 to Salida and then a vacant restaurant on the right.

·         About two miles north of the Hwy 291 turnoff, turn left at the sign for County Roads 258 and 260.

·         Go straight on to follow County Road 258, then take the left fork for County Road 258A. Bright Star Ranch will be on your right, about a half-mile down 258A.

·         We will post ‘RETREAT’ signs at the 12098 driveway entrance. Pull into the driveway and drive up to the lovely log house. Parking is available on the side of the driveway and near the house.

Directions from somewhere other than Salida
·         We recommend going to:  www.mapquest.com/directions/. The address to plug in for directions from your starting point is: 12098 County Road 258A Salida, Colorado, 81211

What to bring: For sitting, you may want to bring a meditation cushion, pillow, bench or favorite chair. Alternatively, there will be plenty of chairs available for sitting. Wear comfortable clothing for sitting and bring an extra layer of clothing or a blanket as your temperature may fluctuate. We will do walking meditation outside so bring shoes appropriate for walking, a jacket or raincoat, sunscreen and a hat. You may also want to bring slippers for inside if you tend to get cold.

Bring a sack lunch. There is a refrigerator for storing perishables. We will provide tea, water, and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle and tea mug, if possible, to reduce our environmental impact.

Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of offering the teachings free of charge, there is no fee for this retreat. If you wish to give donations to Brian and to the Sangha to cover our expenses, please bring appropriate checks or cash as there will be two separate “Dana” boxes available for offerings. “Dana” is the Pali word for generosity.

This information is also available on our blog:  http://salidasangha.blogspot.com/

If you have any problems or questions, please call Denise Ackert at 307-690-5878.  We look forward to seeing you!

We are really excited about this retreat and so is Brian!

With metta,
Cindy, Denise, Elizabeth, Roberta