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"When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins,
there is a tiny gap called 'now.' Over time we learn to expand that gap."

– Spring Washam

Experience Spirit Rock

Come for two hours or two months

Spirit Rock hosts a year-round schedule of residential retreats, non-residential retreats and non-residential programs, which include daylong classes, benefit workshops and weekly drop-in classes. Daylongs and drop-ins are suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators (unless otherwise noted) and include basic meditation instructions. These programs take place in our Community Meditation Center on the lower campus. Silent residential retreats provide an immersive meditation experience. Retreats take place in our beautiful Upper Retreat Hall and practitioners stay in our campus housing and eat in our dining hall. We offer retreats lasting from three days to two months; most are 5-10 days long. Non-residential retreats provide opportunities for people with families and other commitments to spend several days practicing at Spirit Rock and then return home at night to their families.

For information about specific programs, please refer to the links in the lefthand sidebar menu of this page. If you're unsure about what interests you, browse through our Calendar of upcoming events or the Choose Your Path section. If you would like to find a specific event or search for a specifc teacher, use the Search tool below.

Costs

Spirit Rock’s intention is to make the teachings we offer accessible to everyone, thus program fees are kept as low as possible. Program fees constitute a portion of Spirit Rock’s operating budget. We rely on the generous donations of our sangha members to support our day-to-day operations. We offer scholarships for most non-residential programs and do not turn anyone away from daylongs for lack of funds. We also offer a volunteer program. Volunteers support every program at Spirit Rock and attend most events for free. To learn more about scholarship options or to offer your time as a volunteer, 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 Deepening Practice 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, please visit Financial Assistance & Scholarships.

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 31% 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.

Notice about Changes to Fee Structure, May 1, 2016

You may notice that we changed our fee structure as of May 1, 2016. Our sliding scale fees and your donations to Spirit Rock 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, read our Frequently Asked Questions.