"Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have the good fortune to begin construction in the spring of 2014 on our lower campus for a permanent Community Meditation Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction. While some ambient machinery noise may travel, it will not be continuous or nearby. Construction will take place during business work hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm) and Spirit Rock will be open throughout construction. Conditions for meditation practice are rarely perfect and environmental sounds are just another subject for our mindful attention. Teachers will give guidance on how to use it as a basis for your practice. Thank you for supporting our efforts and continuing your practicing at Spirit Rock during this time. We look forward to supporting you on retreat." ~ Spirit Rock Teachers Council
This year is the 30th anniversary of the women's retreat in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) tradition in the US, that began at IMS in 1984 -- a milestone in establishing the lineage of women in western Buddhist practice. This will be the final year Christina and Narayan will be offering this much loved retreat at Spirit Rock. In recognition of this, priority will be given to those who have participated in the past.
In the classical context of silence and sustained insight meditation practice that explores the four foundations of mindfulness, a powerful sense of community has been created that supports our capacity for deepening wisdom and compassion.
There are daily talks, instructions, guided lovingkindness practice and meetings with the teachers. A daily session of yoga will be offered.
Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $25 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.
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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.