Spirit Rock hosts a year round schedule of daylong retreats, benefits, evening events and drop in classes. Most programs are suitable for both experienced practitioners and those new to the practice, unless otherwise noted in the program description. Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question not answered here, call our Front Office Coordinator at (415) 488-0164, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
What should I bring?
- Please bring a lunch for yourself that does not need to be refrigerated.
- Hot water, tea and filtered water are available.
- Bring a water bottle, as well as a mug for tea and whatever utensils you need for lunch. Bringing these items from home helps reduce our trash output and our impact on the land.
- You will be asked to remove your shoes prior to entering the meditation hall. We recommend you wear or bring socks.
- Wear layered clothing as the hall temperature can vary.
- Bring a notepad and pen. Notebooks are also available in our bookstore.
What should I not bring?
- We encourage you to lock your car and keep valuables with you. As our hall space is limited, you might also consider simply not bringing anything you won’t need for the day.
- Please leave your pets at home. If you have a trained therapy dog who assists you with a physical challenge, please let our event staff (415) 488-0164 x 238 know you plan to bring your dog so we can accommodate you.
- In consideration of all participants, do not wear scented personal care products to Spirit Rock (including "natural" products).
Where do I go when I arrive?
Here is a map of our campus including the Community Meditation Center where most non-residential programs occur. Most days of the year residential retreats are in session in the upper retreat area. Please do not pass the wooden gate, unless staff let you know that there is not a retreat that day.
What seating options are available?
We have both chairs and zafus/zabutons (meditation cushions) available. For programs with larger attendance, seating is mostly or all chairs to accommodate everyone who signs up for the program. If you have your own meditation cushion or bench that you prefer to use, bring it with you. For larger programs we may not be able to accommodate personal seating preferences. Contact event staff at (415) 488-0164 x 238 in advance if you need a special seat due to a medical condition.
Is your facility wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Please let our Event Staff know if you will arrive in a wheelchair so we can save an easily accessible space for you in the hall. Contact event staff at (415) 488-0164 x 238.
Registering for a Program
How do I know what programs you offer?
Our website is the most up-to-date source of program information. In addition, we publish a print newsletter three times a year that lists all of our programs, and we send out weekly email newsletters with information about upcoming events. To receive the email newsletter, sign up here. View an electronic version of the print newsletter here. To be added or taken off our print or electronic mailing lists, contact our Front Office Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 234 or SRMC@spiritrock.org.
I’m not sure what program to take, can you offer any advice?
Yes. We have organized our programs into eight paths to help you find what interests you.
When should I register for a program?
Programs typically open for registration three months in advance. Movement programs typically sell out, as do benefit programs and some daylongs. If you would be disappointed not to attend, sign up early. You can register for many programs at the door the day of the event for an additional $5 fee.
How can I register?
Online registration is encouraged. You can register online and pay with a Visa or Mastercard. We do not accept American Express. Registration can also be made by mail. Send a check made payable to "SRMC" to Spirit Rock, PO Box 169, Woodacre, CA, 94973. Please include the program code on your check and on the outside of your envelope along with your daytime telephone number and email address. Upon receipt of payment, we will send you a confirmation email. You can also call our registrar at (415) 488-0164 x 219 or x 266 and register by phone Monday – Thursday until 3:00pm. Pre-registration for weekend programs closes at noon on Friday.
What can you tell me about event fees?
Spirit Rock’s intention is to make the teachings accessible to everyone, thus fees for programs are kept as low as possible. Program fees are a major source of income for Spirit Rock; without them we could not operate.
Can you explain the sliding scale fee structure?
The sliding scale fee structure allows you to choose a level of support that works for your financial situation. Many people pay at the lowest end of the sliding scale. Those who are able to offer more allow others who are not able to do so to attend programs through our scholarship program.
Note: Any fee amount paid above the low-end of the sliding scale may be claimed as a tax-deductible donation to a nonprofit organization to the extent allowed by law. Please keep your confirmation email as a receipt.
The lowest end of the sliding scale does not work for me. What other options exist?
We have a volunteer program that allows qualified individuals to volunteer at the event they wish to attend or volunteer in another department at Spirit Rock and accrue hours towards attending events. About 700 people volunteer their time and talents to Spirit Rock each year. We could not operate as we currently do without this support. To find out more contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or Volunteering@spiritrock.org.
Volunteering sounds nice, but I don’t have the time. Is there another way to attend?
Yes. Unless the program is designated as a “benefit,” we do not turn anyone away for lack of funds. We offer scholarships up to the full amount of the program for most types of non-residential programs. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or Volunteering@spiritrock.org to register in advance. Space may be available at the door, but if you know you’d like to attend something, please call to register in advance.
I can’t come to the event I signed up for, what should I do?
Spirit Rock does not offer refunds for non-residential programs. If you are unable to attend an event, please call (415) 488–0164 x 219 or x 266 or send a fax to (415) 488-1025 to cancel and request a credit by 4:00 pm at least two business days preceding this event, and we will credit your registration fee towards another non-residential event. If you don’t contact us prior to this deadline, no credit will be issued. All credits must be used within one year of their date of issue. To register for an event using an open credit, please email EventsRegistrar@spiritrock.org or call (415) 488-0164 x 219 or x 266, at least two business days prior to the event. You are not able to register online using your open credit. Read more here >
Getting to Spirit Rock
How do I get to Spirit Rock?
Directions and our physical address are listed here.
How far are you from a town?
We are approximately 12 minutes from the town of Fairfax, in the town of Woodacre, CA.
Can I get to Spirit Rock via public transportation?
Yes, but the bus schedule here is limited. Visit Marin Transit for more information. As an alternative, we recommend ridesharing. Visit our ridesharing bulletin board to offer or ask for a ride.
What can you tell me about your parking?
We have limited parking and encourage ridesharing as a way of reducing traffic in the San Geronimo Valley area. For larger events ridesharing is required. If ridesharing is required, this information will be included on your confirmation email and/or you will receive a separate email from event staff. We aim to let people know at the time of registration, but sometimes more people register closer to the date of the program and we need to request that people rideshare with at least 2-3 people per car (depending on the size of the event).
It is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to give yourself time to park, register and choose a seat. For benefits and other popular events, please allow extra time.
I am in town for the day, what do you recommend?
Spirit Rock is located in a beautiful area of West Marin. Deer and turkeys roam the land and sweeping hills are our backdrop. Spirit Rock is a great stop en route to Point Reyes National Seashore or Stinson Beach. We are a few miles east of Samuel P. Taylor State Park. If you are passing by, you are welcome to pop into the Community Meditation Center and pick up flyers of upcoming programs and browse our bookstore. To make your visit more complete and give you a sense of our program offerings, we recommend that you time your visit with one of our weekly drop-in classes. Check out the schedule here.
Can I spend the night at Spirit Rock?
Only as part of a residential retreat.
Can you recommend a place to stay in the area?
Although Spirit Rock staff have not personally viewed or vetted them, as a courtesy to our out-of-town guests, we suggest you check out these nearby accommodations.
Where can I smoke?
Smoking at Spirit Rock is discouraged but not banned. Please be respectful of others who may be practicing walking meditation on the trails or paved area. You may smoke in your car or in the gravel parking lot. While on retreat there is a smoking hut, but it is in the residential retreat area and only accessible to yogis on retreat.