Thoughts! Friend or Foe?
An Insight Meditation Retreat with Bridget Rolens

September 8-10, 2017
Non-Residential Retreat

Chiara Center - Springfield, IL
Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own cushion and padding.

Friday: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Please bring a bag lunch both days.  You will have access to a refrigerator and microwave.

Registration open now, closes Sept 1

$60 Actual | $90 Supporter

Chiara Center can provide overnight accommodations and meals. The cost is $160 for Friday through Sunday and it includes a room and 6 meals.  You must contact the Chiara Center at 217-523-0901 for this option.

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If you need financial assistance, please see  our scholarship policy before registering.


One of the first things most meditators notice is that their attention tends to get hooked by a thought that leads to another thought that proliferates into some memory of the past, plan for the future, or some other story about themselves, someone else, or some circumstance of life.  

The Buddha taught us a wise view of thoughts. He said that any thought or mental state that arises in the mind “is to be seen as it actually is with right discernment as: 'This is not mine. This is not my self. This is not what I am.'"

This retreat will provide an opportunity to cultivate a wise relationship to the thinking mind. Participants will be supported in their practice by meditation instruction, dharma talks and practice discussions.


To assure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. Read more about The Five Precepts here.

For retreat etiquette click here.

For location information click here.

For more information, contact us or call Phil Jones at 573-673-6713.