Young Adult Program
Spirit Rock encourages participation of young adults in our programs. We offer an annual Young Adults' Retreat in August, plus a number of reduced rate spaces in daylongs, classes and retreats.
Young Adult DAYLONG/CLASS Rate:
Young adults (18-26) are invited to attend all regular daylong events for $25 (excluding benefits and special events) and any class series for half price (with occasional exceptions).
If you want to attend a daylong event such as a benefit or special event which does not have a Young Adult Daylong rate, and you cannot afford to attend, please visit our list of upcoming volunteer opportunities or call (415) 488-0164 x224. In general, four hours of volunteer time will earn a free daylong; and, volunteering is a great way to connect more with others in the community.
Young Adult RETREAT Rate:
Young adults (ages 18-26) are invited to attend Spirit Rock retreats at a significantly reduced rate. Each retreat has at least two young adult rate spaces available for $25 per night (with occasional exceptions). Many retreats have more spaces. However, these spaces are filled on a first come, first-served basis, so apply early.
Young adults are eligible for two retreats per calendar year at the young adult or scholarship rate.
New to Spirit Rock?
Here are some suggestions about how to get started:
1. Drop in on one of our weekly classes. Please note that the Thursday Women’s Class and Friday Meditation and Yoga classes are often taught by young adult teachers Heather Sundberg (Thursday) and Dana DePalma (Friday). If you cannot afford a drop-in class, you can always volunteer on Monday Nights before and after class, and attend at no cost.
Drop-in classes consist of a 30-40 minute meditation followed by a talk about meditation and how to apply it to your life, and sometimes a discussion or movement practice.
2. If you are interested in learning about basic meditation instructions and teachings, try one of our 6-week Introduction to Insight Meditation Class Series.
3. Attend a Daylong Program or Class Series. Daylongs are designed to appeal to a wide range of interests.
4. Attend a Residential Retreat. Since ancient times all wise cultures have known the value of retreat. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life, to listen deeply to our body, heart and mind. For 2,500 years, meditation retreats have been a central part of the Buddhist path of awakening. Meditation retreats offer practical instruction and group support for discovering inner understanding and freedom. Spirit Rock retreats combine the fertile atmosphere of silence with extensive time for meditation and walks in nature, supported by systematic Buddhist teachings. Careful guidance and training is offered in meditation. Most retreats are suitable for both new and more experienced students of meditation.
Attend the annual Young Adults' Retreat or see the Young Adult Rates list of retreats and daylongs.
5. Have an interview with a teacher. Check-in’s about your meditation practice and how you are applying the teachings to your life are a great support. Interviews are offered by donation.
For more information about interviews by phone or in person with a teacher on the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council, click here.
6. Attend a weekly sitting group led by one of the Spirit Rock teachers in the greater Bay Area and elsewhere.
7. Visit one of the other local dharma groups, such as the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, Urban Dharma (Dharma Punx) every Friday night at 7:30 pm in San Francisco (2650 Fulton St. @ 3rd Ave.), Bay Area Young Adult Sangha and the Saturday Night Sangha in Berkeley from 6 - 7:30 pm every Saturday night (East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz, near Ashby BART). These groups offer a great place to meet like-minded people your age.