NOTE: All Young Adult Rates for this retreat have been allocated.
If you meet the prerequisite, and are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.
Prerequiste: One 5-day silent mindfulness or insight retreat.
The Buddha stated on many occasions that sati (mindfulness / awareness) is a direct and complete path to Liberation. Mindful awareness provides the ability to be present with all experience with clarity, insight and equanimity. It is the foundation for wisdom, compassion and awakening.
In this silent meditation retreat we will explore this innate quality of awareness - what it is, how to recognize it, how to cultivate and establish it. We will investigate how moment-to-moment continuity of mindfulness builds concentration which in turn supports a depth of awareness. We will inquire into what interferes with fully stabilizing in awareness both in meditation and in ordinary activity. As mindfulness grows we will see how this capacity for awareness is available in every moment.
In this retreat there will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, inquiry, and opportunity for questions and discussion.
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.
**UWH=upper Walking Hall = This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat and as such, it is held in the upper Walking Hall. This hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs, this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (for retreats held at Spirit Rock)
Supported by the ongoing generosity of our sangha, we have begun construction 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. Please refer to the Construction Map for the location of construction relative to the Retreat Hall.
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. We look forward to supporting your practice here at Spirit Rock.
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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.