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May Retreat
An in-person and virtual retreat with our guiding teacher, Chas DiCapua

Friday, May 19th, 2023 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (in-person only)

              Saturday, May20th, 2023 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (in-person only + remote)

Where: SerenityMe

                449 Forest Avenue

                Second Floor (Suite 210)

                Portland, ME  04101


Topic: What You Are Looking For Is Already Here

The tendency for many people walking the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path is to think that they are going to get something or become someone. Furthermore, this something or someone will come in the future and will give the person what they are looking for. 

A much more helpful approach, and one that jibes with how things actually are, is to see that what one is looking for is already here. There's nothing to get—only letting go of that which obscures the realization of what is already here. While there is practice and work to be done, it is in the service of creating the conditions that are supportive of realizing this. The instructions, small groups, and Dharma talk will all address how to cultivate this important view of practice.

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 May 19th and 20th!

Covid Information


We recognize that conditions surrounding ongoing Covid surges are frequently changing.  For the May 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: MayRetreat

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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