Late Spring 2022 Retreat: The Triple Gem

with ODMC guiding teacher Chas DiCapua

When: June 3rd 2022 (in-person only) | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

              June 4 2022 (in-person/hybrid*) | 9:00am - 4:00pm


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.


Besides practicing with the precepts for ethical behavior, the foundation of the Buddha’s path to awakening is taking refuge in the Triple Gem: the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) and the Sangha (the community that practices together). 

In this retreat we will explore the following topics: What is meant by Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha? Why would one take refuge in them? What are we taking refuge from? And how can taking refuge in the Triple Gem support our Dharma practice and our lives?

We will undertake this exploration in sitting, standing, and walking meditation; in small and large group discussion; and via a short Dharma talk. Given that this will be our first time together in person, special emphasis will be given to the refuge of Sangha and the place it plays in our practice.

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 ($400 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 Nancy Markowitz at with the subject header: Late Spring 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