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February Retreat

With Open Door’s Guiding Teacher, Chas DiCapua.

When:  Friday, February 3, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (in-person only)

                Saturday, February 4,  9:00 am - 4:00 pm (in-person + remote)


Where:   Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church
                  524 Allen Avenue
                  Portland, ME 04103

*Hybrid Format on Saturday – Chas, our guiding teacher, will be in person for both Friday and Saturday. For those who cannot attend in person on Saturday, we will have a virtual option that will allow you to see and hear Chas and participate in group discussions.


Topic: Cultivating The Correct Attitude For Meditation

When we begin meditation practice, we bring all of our cultural conditioning with us and apply it to the practice, mostly unconsciously. In particular, we bring an attitude that we’re going to get something out of the meditation. We feel that if we work hard, something good will happen. 


It’s important to become conscious of such attitudes and then begin to transform them into an approach that is more receptive, non-striving and content with the present moment as it is. As we are able to cultivate this more wholesome approach, our practice begins to feel lighter, more sustainable, and will more likely support the transformation of heart and mind we desire. 


Registration is now CLOSED.

Refreshments and Lunch
Tea and juice will be offered, please bring your own mug as well as your own lunch on Saturday. 
This retreat is freely offered; however participants will have the opportunity to practice generosity both to help cover the cost of the retreat ($350 rental space) and for Chas’ teachings. There will be two baskets at the retreat for cash and checks; we will also share a variety of other ways people can donate here.


Covid Policy for In-person Meetings
Participants must be fully vaccinated (honor system). As for masks, we will follow the current Maine recommendations. We ask everyone to respect each person’s decision to wear or not wear a mask.


If you have further questions or would like to volunteer* with setting up, please contact Jeri Sides, 207-730-1330 with the subject header: February Retreat

Volunteer Tasks: 

  • Set up of cushions and chairs

  • Bring flowers, candle and bell

  • Bring tea, honey, juice, cups 

  • Set up technology 

  • Check in registrants 

  • Clean up

About the Teacher


Chas DiCapua is the guiding teacher for Open Door, leading our weekly gatherings and retreats.


Chas has been practicing Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada or early Buddhist tradition, for over 30 years. His practice and study include the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training program and over two years in silent, intensive meditation retreat. Learn more

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