Watching the Mind: A Beginner-Friendly Daylong Retreat (Online Only)

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Watching the Mind: A Beginner-Friendly Daylong Retreat (Online Only)

Kathe McKenna, Tracie Palmer
October 19, 2024

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Curious about meditation from a Buddhist perspective? Join us for a daylong online-only retreat to explore how to observe the body-heart-mind in this present moment, cultivate compassion, and practice in community.

The Sanskrit word for meditation is bhavana, which means training the body-heart-mind to skillfully engage with what is here and now. During this daylong online-only retreat, we will learn how to let go of our incessant reliance on the conceptual, thinking mind to open into the expansive awareness of our true nature. We will explore how meditation can help us to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others, and experience the power of practicing in community.


Saturday only: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm ET with breaks

Zoom Link

The Zoom link will be sent several days before the retreat to all those registered by then. If you register after that time, you’ll receive the link soon after submitting your registration. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam folder or to Promotions or Updates in Gmail.

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Program Cost

It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings because they are unable to pay the full price. In order make our offerings affordable for all who wish to attend, we suggest a three-level fee structure:

  • May All Beings Benefit! – supporting access for all and assisting with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • A Middle Way – covering the base cost
  • Held in Sangha Loving-kindness – offering ease when financial resources are limiting

The pricing options for a particular retreat are based primarily on its length and are intended to give you an idea of what it costs to offer that retreat. The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Middle Way level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such in writing.

Access to Recordings

NDF offers unlimited access to recordings, which are accessed in your user dashboard (more information about user accounts provided in a pre-retreat letter). If you have a user account, please register with the same email you use to log into your dashboard. If not, an account will be created for you using your registration address.

Availability will vary depending on the type of event and the backlog for our precious resource volunteers. Thank you for your patience.

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Online only: Oct. 19, 2024, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm ET with breaks. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.


Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this retreat.

  • Benefactor: $108
  • Program fee: $81
  • Supported: $54

Full access to all recordings and retreat materials through your user account.

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About the Teachers

Kathe McKenna

Dharma Teacher, NDF Board President
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Tracie Palmer

Board of Directors, Meditation Teacher, Dharma Dialogues Interviewer
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