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2015 Schedule of Events

January 9-11, 2015

"Thaypassana" Retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Location: Madison, WI
Description: Join David Haskin, Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, Steven Spiro & Maureen Brady for the 5th annual "Thaypassana" retreat, blending the best of the Thich Nhat Hanh ("Thay") and Vipassana traditions.  Janice is generously filling in for Cheri this year, while Cheri is on sabbatical writing a book. Register HERE.

June 25-28, 2015

Annual Retreat w/ Tara Brach & La Sarmiento

Location: Washington, D.C. Area
Description: Join Cheri, Tara & La for the annual IMCW women's retreat. Further information forthcoming here and at IMCW.

October 16-18, 2015

SnowFlower Sangha Retreat in WI 

Location: Dodgeville, WI
Description: Join Jack Lawlor and Cheri in the beautiful hills of Iowa County at Bethel Horizons for this annual retreat in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.  Register here!

2016 Calendar of Events

January 8-10, 2016

"Thaypassana" Retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Location: Madison, WI
Description: Join Cheri, David Haskin, Steven Spiro and Maureen Brady for the 6th annual "Thaypassana" retreat, blending the best of the Thich Nhat Hanh and vipassana traditions.  This retreat sold out in early November, FYI. Download flyer

June 10-12, 2016

Silent Meditation Retreat in the Fox Valley

Location: Oshkosh, WI (Horizon Village)
Description: "Liberating the Heart & Mind" - a Thaypassana retreat with Cheri Maples & Steven Spiro, hosted by Smiling Dandelion Sangha. This retreat, suitable for both new and experienced practitioners, will support the process of awakening by encouraging a continuity of awareness and open-hearted exploration of all that arises throughout daily life . Emphasis will be on developing a wise and compassionate attitude in mindfulness practice, as well as nurturing a spirit of inquiry. Register Here! 

June 18, 2016

Race Awareness Training

Location: Madison, WI
Description: 8:30am-5:00pm for SnowFlower Sangha, Friends Meeting House

July 30 & 31, 2016

Mindfulness in Recovery Retreat

Location: Madison, WI
Description: 8:30am-5:00pm at Madison's Holy Wisdom Monastery, led by Cheri Maples & David Haskin. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

August 17-18, 2016

Wisconsin Serving Victims of Crime Conference

Location: Green Bay, WI
Description: Cheri will conduct a "Resiliency for Criminal Justice Professionals" training.

August 25-28, 2016

Women's Retreat with Tara Brach

Location: Washington, D.C. Area
Description: Tara and Cheri are set for this Insight Meditation Community of Washington retreat, and REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

September 23-25, 2016

Mindfulness retreat in Saskatoon, Canada

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Description: Cheri leads a silent meditation retreat with the Saskatoon Community of Mindful Living in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  Details forthcoming at their website.

October 7-9, 2016

Mindfulness Retreat for Police Officers

Location: Greater D.C./Virginia
Description: Cheri Maples and Lieutenant Rich Goerling co-lead a retreat for Police Officers - "CULTIVATING RESILIENCY: A MINDFULNESS IMMERSION TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS" -  at Sevenoaks Retreat CenterREGISTRATION NOW OPEN.

A deep exploration into the science and experience of mindfulness as it relates to awareness, compassion and community building. With a focus on mindfulness skill building to enhance self-awareness, attunement to others, compassion, wisdom and peak performance- attendees will learn skills that can be translated to their personal and professional life. This training model resources first responders to take on the occupational stressors and trauma of the job and learn to thrive through the arch of their career. 

Resilience 24/7: On duty, in training, and at home

The occupational stressors for police officers are immense.  The work is often demanding and exhausting as we expose ourselves daily, repetitively, and cumulatively to human suffering in our communities that manifests in the form of racism, poverty, violence and exploitation.  As the atrocities become familiar and repetitive, suffering becomes routine as does our, often mal-adaptive, response to it.

Whether we recognize it or not, the nature of the work changes us.  How we are affected varies from person to person, but the effects are usually a process that happens incrementally over time in a way we often do not recognize until those effects are pervasive and show up in the form of burnout, irritation, anger, cynicism, a numbing of the heart, and countless medical problems. 

Attendees will learn the skills of awareness, balance, and connection.  These skills result in the ability to notice and observe our inner world, the cultivation of equanimity and an awakened heart, and the ability to develop more meaningful connections with others in our personal and professional lives.

Leading resilience: introspective journey to leadership efficacy 

Enhancing leadership acumen requires self-awareness, compassion and cultivation of personal resilience. This training focuses on the application of mindfulness as a means to develop stronger emotional & social intelligence skills as a foundation for effective leadership. 

Experiential & instructional

This is an intensive introduction to the science of the mind and cognitive conditioning through mindfulness meditation and mindful movement. Opportunities for experiential practice through guided and individual meditations and mindful movement are supported with lectures/discussions throughout each training day.

October 14-16, 2016

SnowFlower Sangha Mindfulness Retreat

Location: Dodgeville, WI
Description: Jack Lawlor and Cheri Maples co-lead this annual mindfulness retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Details forthcoming compliments of SnowFlower Sangha.

October 28-30, 2016

Thaypassana Meditation Retreat in Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL
Description: "Compassion That Transforms Us & Our World" - David Haskin and Cheri Maples co-lead this silent meditation retreat, blending the beautiful traditions of Thich Nhat Hanh ("Thay") and of Vipassana. For more information, feel free to contact Steve Starr, Organizer of Chicago Weekly Sitting Meditation Group,; or Chicago Meditation Community; or North Suburban Meditation Community.

December 1-December 31, 2016

Scholar in Residence

Location: Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe
Description: Cheri Maples will be Upaya Zen Center "Scholar in Residence" December 2016-January 2017.  Check out Upaya Zen Center's calendar for scheduled dharma talks.

2017 Calendar of Events

February 9 - 12, 2017

Thaypassana Retreat

Location: Madison, WI
Description: Cheri, David Haskin, Steven Spiro and Maureen Brady gather for the 7th annual Thaypassna (blending the Thich Nhat Hanh & Vipassana traditions) retreat at Madison's Holy Wisdom monastery.

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

Silent Mindfulness Retreat in MT

Location: Lakeside, Montana
Description: Cheri leads a silent meditation retreat at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside, MT with Open Way Sanghas in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  Details will become available on their website.