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"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 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 retreat is for people of color to practice meditation in a community of other people of color.
Learn about your mind and heart through engaging in the discipline of mindfulness meditation. We will practice sitting meditation and walking meditation to allow you to observe your life in the lab of our monastery.
Participants will be expected to abstain from reading, writing, and technology to engage in the direct experience of life beyond our ideas of what it is. Participants will also be expected to follow the retreat schedule with the group and the specific Buddhist meditation instructions as provided by the teachers on this retreat (this is not a self-retreat or a place to do other spiritual practices). Teachers will provide brief meetings with retreat participants for guidance in the practice (small group or individual) two times during the retreat, so you need to be OK with quiet for most of the time (intensive silent meditation retreat of this sort can be strenuous and thus is not recommended for those with fragile psychological/mental health).
The retreat will also be supported by dharma talks, guided meditations, including metta (kindness) practice, and yoga practice. If this all sounds good to you and you are a self-identified person of color who would like to practice in community, please come join us!
Please note that this is not a drop-in retreat and prior registration is needed for attendance. In addition, all participants will be required to attend the duration of the retreat unless an emergency develops. Please bring your full and committed participation. The teachers are interested in deepening the practice of dedicated practitioners in communities of color as well as facilitating practice for beginners.
Spirit Rock is offering this retreat on a sliding scale, $90 - $600 for the entire retreat. This will allow people to come according to their individual means. Because the low end of the sliding scale does not cover Spirit Rock's operating expenses for this retreat, we ask that you pay at the highest level you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.
The teachings are offered by the teachers on a Dana or donation basis. The word "dana" simply translates into a heartfelt gift. At the end of the retreat, participants will be invited to support the teachers and Spirit Rock by voluntarily offering donations in three categories: first to support the retreat teachers, second to support the retreat cooks and retreat managers, and third to offer additional support to Spirit Rock's operating expenses so that the important work of offering Dharma to multicultural communities, particularly in the form of this annual POC retreat, can continue.
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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.