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March Retreat
In-person with our Guiding Teacher, Chas DiCapua

Friday, March 3rd, 2023 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (in-person only)

              Saturday, March 4th, 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (in-person only + remote)

Where: Allen Avenue UU Church

                524 Allen Ave, Portland, ME 04103


Topic: Wise Effort

Wise Effort is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path and is important to cultivate on our journey to awakening. We will use the Crossing the Flood sutta as our guide for exploring what Wise Effort is, and what it is not. 


We’ll explore Wise Effort as it pertains both to working with wholesome and unwholesome mind states, as well as fine-tuning the energy that we bring to the formal practice itself. There will be ample time for group discussion as we tease apart the nuances of this important aspect of the path.

Registration is now CLOSED.

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 March 3rd and 4th!

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


If you have further questions or would like to volunteer* with setting up, please contact Nancy Markowitz at 207-650-3296 or with the subject header: March Retreat

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.

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