At this retreat we will be introduced to Prajnaparamita, the mother of all Buddhas, and be empowered to embody her wisdom and compassion for the sake of all life.
Using meditation as well as powerful teachings and interactive processes developed by Joanna Macy, we'll experience the truth of our interbeing, made real to us by our love and pain for the world. Opening to our true nature will help us see with new eyes and bring a fresh understanding of who we really are and how we're related to each other and the universe. We will begin to comprehend our power to change, heal, and awaken.
The strength and beauty in our circle of women will support us to uncover the immensity of our heart-mind, which helps free us from fear. Isolation will open outward and deliver us to wider reaches of our world as lover, and world as self. Come with the intention to meet women you will continue to know and work with to benefit the web of life.
Silent mornings will be for instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation. Afternoons will be experiential teachings with Joanna. Silent evenings will include loving-kindness meditation, and/or Dharma teachings, and more silent meditation. Small groups will be offered by Dharma teachers to support opening and understanding.
No prior experience is necessary.
Joanna Macy is a living treasure. A Dharma scholar and practitioner, at 86 she is blazing in clarity, passion, and the rare gift to inspire us to move from despair into empowered action for the earth.
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.