Spirit Rock hosts a year-round schedule of residential retreats, daylong retreats/workshops, benefit workshops, and weekly classes. Daylongs are suitable for beginning and experienced meditators (unless otherwise noted) and include basic meditation instructions.
For information about specific programs please refer to the links in the right sidebar menu. If you would like to browse through our calendar of up-coming events, you can click here. If you would like to find a specific event, or search for a specifc teacher, you can use the Event Search in the bottom right hand corner of the side bar.
In consideration of all participants, please do not wear scented personal care products to Spirit Rock (including "natural" products). You can learn more about supporting chemically-sensitive yogis in this article written by a sangha member here.
Spirit Rock's intention is to make these teachings accessible to everyone, thus fees for daylongs, classes and special events are kept as low as possible. However, these fees constitue 25% of Spirit Rock's operating budget. No one will be turned away from daylongs and classes for lack of funds. Benefit events, some special events, and residential retreats are an exception to this policy. For those who cannot afford a daylong or class fee, a flexible work exchange program is available. To learn more about this, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 224. Special scholarships for People of Color and monastics are available. For more information, call (415) 488-0164 x 224.
General scholarships are available for residential retreats and special programs like the Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leaders Program. For people with life-threatening illnesses, scholarships for most Spirit Rock offerings are available through our Karuna program. For general retreat scholarship information, click on Residential Retreats to read more about financial assistance and scholarship information.
Dana (The Practice of Generosity)
The fee to attend an event goes toward Spirit Rock operating expenses. The teachings themselves are offered freely by your teacher, and students generally offer dana (the Pali term for the practice of generosity) in the form of a donation to the teacher at the end of the event. You can read more about the traditional offering of the teachings and dana here.
Notice about Changes to Fee Structure, May 1, 2016
You may notice we've changed our fee structure as of May 1, 2016: Our sliding scale fees and your donations to Spirit Rock now guarantee support for our Community Meditation Center (CMC) teachers, so we will no longer ask for teacher dana at programs and events in our CMC. For further information about these changes, please click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Sliding Scale for Retreats and Daylongs
Sliding-scale prices for retreats and daylongs allow Spirit Rock to keep programs affordable for those with limited financial means, while also giving participants the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Spirit Rock at the point of registration. We rely upon donations to support approximately 25% of our operating costs.
For all Spirit Rock programs offering a sliding-scale fee structure, 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. Retreat participants who make sliding-scale donations will receive an acknowledgement letter from Spirit Rock citing the amount of their contribution. For daylong registration, please keep your confirmation letter as a receipt.
Class Series and Daylong Registration
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for daylong events. If you have registered, we will notify you if a program is canceled. Pre-registration is especially important for daylongs that include lunch, to ensure you receive a lunch. You can register online for daylongs with a credit card.
Registration for daylong events are also taken by mail. Send a check--made payable to "SRMC" to: Spirit Rock, P.O. Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973, include the code of the daylong on your check and on the outside of your envelope. Please include your daytime telephone number and email address. Upon receipt of payment, we will send you a confirmation card or an email containing all the details of the event for which you registered.
To Cancel a Daylong or Class, read more here.
What to Bring
- Please bring your own lunch. There is hot water, tea and a microwave available in the foyer. We do not have a refrigerator.
- Please bring your own mug or cup for tea and water, and whatever utensils or other materials you need for lunch. Spirit Rock stocks compostable paper goods and utensils, however even these items take a long time to break down in our compost and cost quite a bit more than regular paper goods. We appreciate your help keeping our expenses down as we work to reduce our impact on the land.
- Chairs and some cushions are available; if you have a cushion, please bring it.
- You will be asked to remove your shoes prior to entering the Hall; you may wish to wear or bring warm socks.
- Please wear layered clothing as the hall temperature can vary from cool to warm.
- In consideration of all participants, please do not wear scented personal care products to Spirit Rock. This includes "natural" products and even scented laundry soaps. For more information, you can go here.
Spirit Rock is wheelchair accessible. If you have any other access needs, please call (415) 488-0164 x 276.
To get to Spirit Rock via public transportation, visit Marin Transit.
To offer or find a ride to Spirit Rock visit our carpooling board.
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