Late Fall Retreat
In-person with our Guiding Teacher, Chas DiCapua

When: Friday, December 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (in person only)
              Saturday, December 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (in person + Zoom)

Where: Allen Avenue UU Church

                524 Allen Ave, Portland, ME 04103


Topic: Understanding Judgment and Discernment

Understanding the difference between these two mind states is critical for our cultivation of the Eightfold Path–on and off the cushion. One we want to let go of, and the other we want to cultivate. But because they can feel so similar, we need to be clear about which is which, and how they manifest in our lives.


An important aspect of working with these mind states is coming to understand that practice includes both accepting things as they are and having a clear intention to let go of what’s unwholesome while cultivating what’s wholesome. We will explore this seeming contradiction in the meditation instructions, small group meetings, and the Dharma talk.

Retreat Details​

Friday night will be an opportunity for in-person conversation and community building with each other and with Chas. On Saturday, participants may attend in person or over Zoom. We will observe Noble Silence throughout the day to support our practice.


After you register for the retreat, you will receive an email with further details.


NOTE: Please bring your lunch on Saturday; tea will be offered both Friday evening and Saturday.


There will be baskets for dana (check or cash) for our teacher and to cover the rent for the space ($350). You will also have the option of offering dana through Chas’ PayPal or Venmo accounts or here on our website.


We look forward to seeing you on December 16 and 17!

Covid Information

We recognize that conditions surrounding ongoing Covid surges are frequently changing.  For the December retreat we plan to follow the Maine CDC guidelines for protecting ourselves and each other. These are based on the level of disease in our area at any given time, and may change prior to the December retreat. COVID-19 by County | CDC


Sign up below to register for the retreat. Registration ends on December 10th. You will receive emails about the retreat closer to the event.

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.


Read Chas' latest articles here.