For over 30 years Jack Kornfield has been making an annual pilgrimage to the high and spacious desert of Yucca Valley. This retreat is an opportunity to practice in the serene and natural beauty of the high desert in full bloom. The beautiful desert environment becomes a mirror for the beauty of the unfolding heart and the spaciousness of mind achieved through the meditation practice. For many, it has become an annual springtime pilgrimage.
Join Jack and other Spirit Rock teachers to deeply experience the dharma in this favorable combination of conditions and teachings. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing lovingkindness, clarity and depth of practice. The retreat will include systematic vipassana instructions, silent sitting and walking periods, dharma talks and interviews. There is a daily guided movement meditation. An excellent first retreat or a great way to renew your practice.
Held at the Joshua Tree Spiritual Retreat Center in the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park, about an hour from Palm Springs. Click here for transportation options.
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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.