Waunita Hot Springs

The Five Powers 
A Synthesis of Practice 
For One Life

October 26 – 29, 2023

We are grateful to be able to once again return to Waunita Hot Springs Ranch. We have been hosting retreats at Waunita since 2012 and it has always been a special place for us. We have found it to be a very conducive environment to deepen our practice with wisdom, compassion, and nature.

John Bruna
John Bruna

The emphasis of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for participants to deepen their meditation practice and unpack the precious teachings on the synthesis of practice for one life, the five powers. 

Five Powers

“The goal of Dharma practice is to realize a state of genuine well-being that flows from a wellspring of awareness that is pure and unobscured. The ancient Greeks called such a state eudaimonia, a truth-given joy. The ancient Indians called it mahasukha, great bliss that arises not from pleasurable stimuli but from the nature of one’s own pure awareness itself. This is not simply a happy feeling; it is a state of being that underlies and suffuses all emotional states, that embraces all the joys and sorrows that come our way. It is a way of engaging with life without confusion. The ancient Greeks knew about it. The Indians and Tibetans know about it.

One criterion of practicing Dharma is engaging with all events in ways that are realistic and conducive to one’s own and others’ well-being. When things go well, are there ways to experience deeper joy and satisfaction? When things go wrong, is there anything we can do that would still enhance our overall well-being? Ways of bringing forth a sense of fulfillment and meaning during the inevitable ups and downs of life are also considered Dharma.” Wallace, B. Alan. The Art of Transforming the Mind

The five powers are found in the fourth point of the profound teaching, Seven-Point Mind Training, by Geshe Chekawa. They are five practical methods to synthesize the many practices of Dharma into a practice in daily life in a sustainable and meaningful way. During the retreat we will unpack the five powers and explore methods to apply them in your life in ways that are effective for you. 

One does not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices; they are universal to people of all faiths, traditions, and cultures.

The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and will include teachings, meditation, discussion, and personal time. The first half of the day will be dedicated to meditation practice. There will be silence and multiple meditation sessions of 24 minutes with breaks. The afternoons and evenings will include discussions and question-and-answer periods.  John has a particular gift for making these valuable teachings accessible and practical for our modern lifestyles. All of his teachings focus on preparing students to properly engage in authentic practice in ways that are effective and meaningful to them.

Retreat Details

This is a three-day retreat that includes, lodging, meals, and use of the Hot Springs. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening with dinner at 6 pm and ends on a Sunday around 11 to 11:30 am. The meals will be vegetarian.

Dates: October 26th-29th 2023.

Cost: $470 per person for a shared room. $575 per person for a private room. The price for the retreat is all-inclusive for the retreat, lodging, breakfast, and dinner (light snacks midday), and hot springs and is not tax-deductible. As with all of our programs, the teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis. You may make a tax-deductible donation for the teachings either at the retreat or online below.

Register:  You can register securely online with a credit card, using the links below. If you prefer to pay by check, contact us at admin@wocompassion.org or (970) 704-5512.

As of October 19th, the retreat is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email us at admin@wocompassion.org.

Donations for the teachings are always optional, tax-deductible, and can be made online or at the retreat. The teachings are always offered on a free-will donation basis. We never charge for Dharma. John offers his time to support the center. If you would like to make a secure donation online, you can use the link below or offer one at the retreat.

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Tentative Retreat Schedule

3:oo pm to 5:30  pm: Check-In
6:00ish pm or 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Opening Session

Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Meditation Teaching and Sessions
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time – light snacks
2:30 pm 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session
5:30 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Evening Session

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Meditation
8:30 am – 9:45 am: Breakfast
10: 00 – 11:30 am:  Closing Session and Farewells
You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.