Freeing Ourselves, Freeing the world:  An exploration of the four noble truths.

In this Insight Meditation retreat we will explore how the foundational teaching of the Four Noble truths can not only be a guide to freeing us from personal suffering, but can also serve as a guide to moving our practice into the challenging conditions of our lives. We live in a time when our practice must expand to include the complexity of the human and more than human world if it is to have relevance and meaning while providing support in a changing world. This retreat will primarily be a silent retreat with sitting and walking meditation. However, we will also use occasional periods of interactive inquiry to explore the topic. There will be dharma talks, periods of Q&A, and an opportunity to meet with the teacher. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience.

Teacher:  Susie Harrington

Date and location:  January 3-5, Bear River Charter School, 75 S 400 W, Logan UT.
Friday the 3th: begin at 5:30 p.m. - conclude 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday the 4th: begin at 9:00 a.m. - conclude 8:00 p.m.  
Sunday the 5th: begin at 9:00 a.m. - conclude by 3:30 p.m.

Retreat type:  Three day, non-residential, silent retreat.  If you are coming from out of town and would like to request a place to stay with a sangha member, please write to our sangha members (

Meals:  Friday: Bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. Saturday: Bring a light sack lunch. Leftovers from the potluck dinner will be available. Vegetarian dinner will be provided.  Sunday: Bring a sack lunch.

Registration and Cost:  Registration is done entirely online. Registration fees cover the operating expense of the retreat (e.g., building rental, travel expenses of the teacher). Dana for the teacher is extra (see below). Participants must pay in advance. Please choose payment amount from the sliding scale (based on your ability to pay):

i.      $40 – I am unable to pay more*

ii.      $60 – I can pay the real cost of the retreat.

iii.     $80 – I can financially assist those who cannot pay more.

* limited work-study slots are available at $25 each for those who are unable to make the minimum payment. To request a work-study slot, contact our sangha members (

$25 of the payment is a non-refundable deposit*.

* Those unable to attend will receive the refundable portion of their registration fee by January 31, 2020.

Please register as soon as possible, space is limited and registration closes December 29th, 2019.

Dana:  Dana is a Pali word meaning generosity. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, teachers do not charge for their services but are sustained by the generosity of their students. Dana allows the teachers and retreat staff to continue their Dharma work. There is no expected amount, but you are encouraged to give generously to the extent you are able. There will be an opportunity at the end of each retreat to offer support, though you may do it at any time.

Download the information sheet for retreat participants.