"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 on some Saturdays. 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 RETREAT INFORMATION
During this Insight Meditation nature retreat we will follow the example of the Buddha and meditate outdoors in the beautiful rolling hills and woodland of Spirit Rock, at the base of beautiful California oak and bay trees. People who have done meditation practice in nature are profoundly moved by the experience and often report a new sense of enchantment and connection with the world.
This retreat will be held in silence and follow a traditional schedule of mindfulness sitting and walking meditation and nature based meditation practices that help us learn from the wisdom of the natural world. The Dharma talks and discussions will present both traditional Buddhist views of self and reality, as well as from evolutionary biology and deep-ecology. The retreat is suitable for both beginning and advanced meditation students.
Recommended reading for this retreat is Mark Coleman's Awake in the Wild, and Wes Nisker's book Buddha's Nature.
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.