Labor Day - Weekend Silent Retreat

Going Within

August 31 - September 3 - Annual Meditation & Mindfulness Retreat

Labor Day - Weekend - Payson Arizona 

August - September 2018 - 4 Day - Silent Mindfulness & Meditation Retreat - Payson Arizona

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and enjoy the peacefulness of nature as it blends with the stillness of mind that has been a trademark of these retreats.  A weekend of silence and peace has served many over the past eight years. Join us this Labor day weekend.

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This retreat will focus on concentration (jhana) and how it relates to the practice of insight meditation and mindfulness.

In concentration or what is often called serenity or Jhana meditation, we bring our awareness to one object of meditation to the exclusion of everything else, thereby collecting and unifying all mental activities. This ancient practice that the Buddha perfected is a practice that has been proven to counteract the over-stimulation of today’s world and of life!  Practicing concentration meditation collects the mental activity and “builds the muscle” of concentration, enabling us to turn away from the constant pull of our technical world (namely our smartphones, computer screens, games, and entertainment) allowing us to settle into the deep serenity of our true nature.

The practice of concentration also points out how we can develop and cultivate the mind with heightened clarity and insight showing us how our habitual patterns of mind cause us to suffer both in meditation and in active life.  The process of identifying the hindrances that cause difficulties in our life or our practice is referred to as “purification of mind.” This system of identification and classification allows us to recognize and use negativity to our advantage by developing a laser-like awareness that helps us to see past the negativity of past and future thoughts.  Concentration practices discussed in this retreat can lead one to a profound stillness and deep joy, as well as the possibility of the deep meditative absorption known as the Jhanas.
When we embrace and allow all areas of our experience with awareness, painful patterns in body and mind begin to dissolve. Gently, we learn how to accept and let go of judgment and reactivity within ourselves. As we practice the art of meditation, and as we non-judgmentally view and understand the hindrances that stand in the way of stillness and joy, clarity begins to shine through.

A silent retreat which include sitting and walking meditation practices, interviews, periods for questions and answers, and dharma talks.

Shane Wilson is an ordained Buddhist minister and a former Theravada monk. He has been teaching and leading retreats and workshops for over 18 years. He has practiced with western and Asian teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions in the US, China, and Thailand. He is the author of: Meditation, The Great Teacher, the practice of going within, and Minding the Breath, meditation techniques of the anapanasati.

Retreat attendees -  May 2015

The Retreat will begin with dinner at 6:30 PM, Friday, August 31, followed by the formal opening at 8:00 PM. The retreat will end after lunch on Monday, September 3. All meals (vegetarian) will be provided. Single and double rooms are available.

The accommodations are very comfortable and quiet. The retreat will be held in silence to facilitate the practice of going within. There are hiking trails and open woods in the area to enjoy.

 Fees cover the operating costs of the retreat and meals. Free-will donations in support of the teacher are requested. 

You must register by August 28th This is important for facility preparation and meal planning.  

REFUNDS: Cancellations can receive a full refund up to 36 hours prior to the start of the retreat. After 36 hours ( August 29th, 6:30 am) we can not offer a refund due to the retreat costs incurred by the Merritt Center in the registration procedure. Please keep this in mind.

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Four Day - Memorial Day - Weekend Meditation Retreat, August 31- September 3 2017

The Merritt Center Payson, AZ

Sponsored By The Meditation Learning Center Information: Call Shane Wilson 480-513-7747 or email  /

Retreat with Shane Wilson for more info & for registration go to: simply use this form to register now!