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Resting in Possibility

A Meditation Weekend with Marisa Viola
Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23

There are many ways to meditate, but at the heart of the practice is always rest. In rest we process, integrate, and imagine. We find that much more is possible than our habitual minds often perceive. The more we practice, the more we come to understand rest as a state available to us even during the ups and downs of our everyday lives. We touch on this when we begin to loosen up our resistance.


During our 3 days together, our aim is not to correct or fix ourselves, but to rest with anything that arises. Rather than resist, we open, meeting our experience with deep care.


This weekend will be held in partial silence with an emphasis on practice. Each day will be divided into periods of sitting and walking meditation with a Dharma talk/Q&A session in the evening. 

Workshop Fee

$333 for the weekend. Meals included.

Some partial scholarships are available.

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2:30 – 3:30                  Welcome and Introductions

3:30 – 5:30                  Meditation 

6:00 – 7:00                  Dinner

7:00 – 8:00                  Dharma Talk with Q/A



8:00 – 9:00                  Meditation (optional)

9:00 – 10:00                Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00              Meditation

12:00 – 1:00                Nature walk

1:00 – 2:00                  Lunch

2:00 – 3:30                  Meditation

3:30 – 5:00                  Nature walk

5:00 – 6:00                  Free time

6:00 – 7:00                  Dinner

7:00 – 8:30                  Dharma Talk with Q/A



8:00 – 9:00                  Meditation (optional)

9:00 – 10:00                Breakfast

10:00 – 12 noon          Meditation

12:00 –1:00                 Dharma talk with Q/A

Onsite lodging available for a fee. Tenting on Shantigar land is free.
Details on lodgings here.

Reserve your place by contacting Peter Columbus at Shantigar: or call (413) 339-4332.


Let Peter know your room preference when booking. Thanks to a generous Shantigar donor, partial workshop scholarships are available if you need financial support. If so, please let Peter know what you can offer.


We ask that you be vaccinated though masks are optional, per CDC recommendations. Please take a PCR or antigen Covid test before your arrival on Friday.  If you are concerned about being together without masking, we suggest that you wait until another session of this workshop as we want you to be relaxed and fully present for the experience.

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Marisa Viola has been meditating and studying Buddhism since 2008. She took Refuge and Boddhisattva vows in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition with Venerable Robina Courtin and has had the good fortune to study with Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn and many great teachers of various lineages. She began teaching in 2013 after completing the Interdependence Project's Immersion and Teacher Training Program with Ethan Nichtern.

Marisa brings extensive experience to her practice, having taught meditation in monasteries, universities, corporations, prisons, and hospitals. As a faculty member of MNDFL in New York City, she taught thousands of classes and special events; she also taught and served as a mentor in the teacher training program. Marisa offers online meditation sessions and teachings through MNDFL, the Open Heart Project, Shantideva Center, and the Shantigar Foundation, as well as one-on-one.

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