Philosophy Retreats

A Journey Within:  Deepening Your Practice Through Silence

Retreats can be a time for renewal and relaxation. But they are foremost an opportunity to step out of day-to-day routines, to enjoy a quiet and serene place, and to open up to one’s innermost world.  We are pleased to offer a Fall retreat led by Dr. Justin Whitaker for individuals of all backgrounds interested in deepening their practice through silence.

What:  Silent Weekend Retreat
When: Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th (View the schedule here)
Where:  Deep Bay Center (Lakeside, MT)  — Located 4.2miles South of Lakeside, twenty minutes South of Kalispell, and approx 30 miles North of the town of Polson, MT.  Deep Bay is less than a couple hours drive to beautiful Glacier Park & less than one hour to Whitefish Mountain Resort.  We will help facilitate carpooling opportunities for those who wish to carpool.
Cost: Sliding Scale (See Below)

  • $300 (regular price) w/ a slight increase for those who wish to secure private sleeping quarters; $75 deposit w/ full payment due by September 1st
  • $180 (students & low-income); $75 deposit w/ full payment due by September 1st
  • Limited scholarships available for those in need (please inquire)

Registration

To reserve your spot(s) for our silent weekend retreat, please click on the applicable link below and fill-out your reservation/registration form. 

If you have opted to reserve and pay via cash/check, after you complete the reservation form (accessible via the ‘Reserve & Pay with Cash/Check’ button above), please mail a deposit of $75 (per registrant) to the address below.  Please note that full payment is due by September 1st.

Merlin CCC
Attn: Marisa Diaz-Waian
PO Box 2034
Helena, MT 59624

What to Anticipate

Our retreat guide & teacher, Dr. Justin Whitaker, has over 15 years of meditation practice and academic training in Buddhism. The retreat is modeled after the 3, 6, and 10-day Buddhist retreats that Justin has attended, though it is not a “Buddhist” retreat, strictly speaking. There will be no bowing or chanting or similar religious elements.

The retreat will, however, follow many of the routines and principles of a Buddhist retreat in order to give retreatants a chance to look within.  A full list of guidelines will be sent out to retreatants, but, along with the silence, retreatants will be expected to have no reading materials and to keep writing/journaling to an absolute minimum. You will be asked to dress simply and modestly, with layers appropriate to the location and season, to minimize use of scented lotions, soaps, and shampoo, to bring food that can be prepared simply and without causing disturbance to oneself or others in one’s house, and to follow the full schedule of the retreat and any instructions of the facilitator or teacher.  View the schedule here.

This retreat will also be an opportunity to break free from the world of electronic devices.  From Friday at 7pm until Sunday 12noon, the retreat will be a DEVICE-FREE zone.  We advise retreatants to practice this ahead of time so that it is not a major shock come actual “shut-down” time.  In addition, to help retreatants prepare for the retreat (in general), we will provide assignments/check-in’s 4-weeks & 2-weeks out from the retreat start date.

Retreat Accommodations

The “Fire House”  is nestled into the woods and has a fantastic view of Flathead Lake and the surrounding mountains.     There are three levels with the entrance located on the main level along with a full kitchen, living room, and half bath.  The upstairs has a spacious bedroom that sleeps six singles with a private full bath and an open loft with three twin beds and a single sofa sleeper.  There are two master suites with a full bath in each that are separated from the main living area in the downstairs level (for those who prefer more privacy).  Bedroom #1 has a queen bed with a full sized sofa sleeper.  Bedroom #2 has a King bed with a full sized sofa sleeper.  

 

The “Earth House”  is set into the woods and has a beautiful view of Flathead Lake with Deep Bay peeking through the surrounding trees.  There are three levels and the entrance is located on the main level with a kitchen, living room, and half bath.  The upstairs has a loft that is spacious for groups.  There is  a bedroom off the loft which has two twin beds and the loft has three double sized sofa sleepers for extra guests.  There are three bedrooms and two full baths that are separated from the main living area in the downstairs level which is great for privacy.  Bedroom #1 has two twins beds, bedroom #2 has a twin and a double bed,  bedroom #3 has four twin beds.


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