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The Three Universal Characteristics

An Insight Meditation Retreat with Dharma Teacher Vance Pryor

Sunday, March 17 - Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Winston-Salem Dharma Community is hosting a retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. During this retreat, we will take a deeper dive into understanding the three characteristics of impermanence (aniccā), stress (dukkhā), and the impersonal nature of phenomena unfolding (anattā). We are fortunate that we can come together to practice continuity of mindfulness over several days. One of the aims of the path of meditation practice is to gradually develop a wise understanding that sees more clearly the nature of our experience. This aim is developed through our deepening understanding of the three universal characteristics, which allows us to live in an unencumbered way. A significant portion of our time together will involve alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will also be meditation instruction and dharma talks. Together we will create a caring, supportive learning community that encourages each participant to bring to greater fruition their best human qualities and to celebrate the ordinary magic of the lives we've each been given.

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor, PsyD, began insight meditation in 1998. He has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. His training to become a teacher has been supported by the mentorship of Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters. He is a graduate of IMS's 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. To learn more, visit

Registration details for the 3 Night Retreat

The retreat starts at 5pm Sunday afternoon, March 17, and ends after lunch on Wednesday, March 20. The fees cover lodging, food and organizing expenses. Teachings are freely given, and there will be an opportunity to practice "dana" (generosity) by making a donation for Vance Pryor's teaching.

Your reservation includes use of the meditation space, a community guest refrigerator in the guest kitchen or use of the full kitchen in the cottages, bedding and towels in the guest rooms, and three meals with each overnight. You are welcome to bring snacks or any food items needed for special dietary requirements for yourself. All meals provided will be vegetarian and dietary restrictions can be submitted at the time of registration.

Scholarships are available. Requests are to be made on the registration form and by email to the Retreat Organizing Committee at:

Lodging option rates per person:
Single occupancy $540
Double occupancy $320

Wait List Registration: Click Here to be added to the wait list.

If you have never attended a meditation retreat before please click here. This will take you to an explanation of meditation retreats, their purpose, and the concept of Noble Silence. This information is provided by the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Hot Springs, NC.