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Awakening Joy Retreat
James Baraz, Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, Howard Cohn, Evelyn Larsen (movement)
Monday, June 9, 3:00pm - Saturday, June 14, 12:00pm
upper Retreat Hall
$1000 - $500 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 366R14.
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NOTE: All Young Adult Rates and Scholarship funds for this retreat have been allocated. If you are in need of financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.

"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 Hall and support buildings. Our upper campus, where your residential retreat occurs, is not part of the construction.

While some ambient machinery sound 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

"It is that gladness connected with the wholesome that I call an equipment of mind....for developing a mind that is without hostility and without ill will."
The Buddha

The Buddha was known as The Happy One. However, the teachings often seem to emphasize working with suffering. Joy and happiness can seem frivolous or unspiritual even though Joy is one of the Seven Factors of Awakening. In this retreat we will practice with an emphasis on cultivating wholesome states to develop our natural capacity for well-being and happiness. Our own development of well-being and joy then becomes our gift to a troubled world.

Although much of the retreat will include silent sitting and walking periods with instructions and interviews, participants will also engage in interactive experiential processes as part of the experience. This retreat is for both experienced as well as new students.

Practices will include:

  • -- Inclining the mind toward wholesome states;

  • -- The power of wholesome intention;

  • -- Mindfulness as appreciation practice (wonder and gratitude);

  • -- Embracing suffering as a path to joy;

  • -- How letting go leads to true freedom;

  • -- Integrity as a foundation for well-being;

  • -- Metta (loving-kindness) for self and others;

  • -- Mudita (sympathetic joy);

  • -- Compassion--the expression of a wise heart;and

  • -- The joy of simply being.

James and Debra will be assisted on this retreat by Jane Baraz.

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.




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