Next Retreat will be October 12, 2019. Registration forthcoming, likely in August
Meditation-Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreat with Irene Glasse & Rev. Carl
- Saturday, April 20, 2019 (9:00 a.m. - Noon)
- $15 in advance (no later than the day before) / $20 at door (split between the instructors & UUCF; sliding scale available upon request).
- If possible, please pay in advance through our April Retreat Eventbrite link to help us better prepare for the approximate number of participants.
- Please spread the word, and bring a friend! You can help raise awareness about this event through our April Retreat Facebook Event.
- Both the meditation and yoga portions can be modified for all bodies, done from a chair, etc. Please contact if you have questions about accommodations that you haven't informed us about from a previous retreat.
8:45 a.m. Registration (set-up mat/cushions/chairs)
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Meditation: Individual & Social (45 minutes)
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Yoga* (45 minutes)
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Mindfulness of Movement: Atrium or Outside / Break (15 minutes)
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Meditation: Individual & Social (30 minutes)
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Yoga* (30 minutes)
11:45 a.m. Closing Reflections (15 minutes)
12:00 p.m. End
(*) Meditation-only Option: If there is one (or more) people who would prefer to go deeper into the meditation practices (instead of yoga), Rev. Carl will facilitate meditation sessions during either or both of the two yoga segments.
What to Bring
- Dress comfortably
- Yoga Mat (unless choosing "meditation-only" option)
- Meditation Cushion/Seat/Bench - please do not plan to sit crossed legged directly on the floor unless you have extremely flexible hips! Instead, please bring a cushion/pillow that will at least elevate your hips above your knees--to set yourself up to be as comfortable as possible while sitting, so that you can be "relaxed, but alert."
- Alternatively, If you would prefer to meditation sitting in a chair, you may want to bring a small pillow for support of your lower back.
- If you are interested in purchasing a cushion, seat, or bench, one good option is The Monastery Store.)
- Optional: water bottle,
- Optional: light snack (can be eaten at beginning of moving meditation time),
- Optional: light blanket (if you might be cold from the air conditioning during the meditation time)
The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg holds a Doctor of Ministry and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Furman University. He has been the minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (Maryland) since 2012. He is a student in the Pragmatic Dharma practice community, known in a previous incarnation as Buddhist Geeks.
Irene Glasse found her way into yoga in 2010 while she was in the middle of an emotional and spiritual tailspin. She fell in love with the grounding, healing, strengthening practice and quickly became a ‘resident’ student at Ananda Shala in downtown Frederick. The more Irene learned, the more she wanted to learn, which lead to a path of teaching. She completed the Prana Flow® 200 hr teacher training with Maria Garre at Ananda Shala in June of 2013. Irene became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in December of 2014. Irene teaches classes at that are accessible to all levels and bodies--and always delivers with a touch of humor.
- Where should I buy a meditation cushion?: monasterystore.org - Among the many good options for purchasing a meditation seat/cushion/mat for at-home practice, this was the best option when Carl last researched this question.
- What meditation app should I use?
- Insight Timer - an extremely useful aid for meditating: "Home to more than 1,900,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores." This app is the bell/timer that Carl uses during the retreat.
- Buddhify - helps you bring more calm, clarity and kindness to all parts of your life.
- 10% Happier - meditation for fidgety skeptics
- Awaken - meditations for love, justice, and healing.
- Calm and Headspace are also popular.
- Where can I practice in between retreats?
How to Meditate (Basic)
- How to Meditate by Tara Brach (pamphlet)
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana (book)
- Learn to Meditate: Foundational Practices by Reggie Ray (audio)
How to Meditate (Intermediate to Advanced)
- Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation by Bhante Gunaratana
- The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates), Ph.D.
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book (Second Edition Revised and Expanded) by Daniel M. Ingram
(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/retreat.)