“An act of generosity opens our body, heart, and spirit and brings us closer to freedom.”
—Jack Kornfield

Spirit Rock Vision for the Future

Just over 25 years have passed since a generous donation allowed our founders to purchase the 412 acres that became Spirit Rock. This remarkable parcel of land was acquired from the Nature Conservancy, which in turn used the proceeds to preserve rainforests in the Amazon basin. Spirit Rock has earned an international reputation as a leading center for Dharma in the West. Buoyed by neuroscience research supporting the positive effects of timeless mindfulness meditation practices, Spirit Rock is at the root of this mindfulness movement. More and more people are coming to Spirit Rock for these foundational teachings and practices. We have now outgrown our physical capacity to serve our community and can no longer operate out of our old temporary buildings. The campus will be built in several phases for cost savings and to minimize disruption to ongoing activities.

Phase 1: Transforming Our Lower Campus

New facilities will replace all  temporary trailers.

  • Community Meditation Center will be a spacious, bright environment for day and evening programs with two additional classrooms for smaller group activities and three interview rooms. It will open up new possibilities for advanced study, dedicated family programming, teacher training, introductory and specialized classes for new and experienced students, and intensive multi-year trainings.
  • Teacher and Staff Village, built over two phases, the Village will provide efficient green living spaces centered around a commons building for retreat teachers and key on-site support staff.
  • Administrative Building will serve as a welcome center for visitor services, retreat reception and administrative support. These offices will bring staff together for greater efficiency and a healthier work environment.


Phase 2: Enhancing Our Upper Campus

Key physical features of the project:

  • New Dining Hall will be a spacious light-filled facility to serve all practitioners, teachers and staff. Separate dining areas designed for staff and teachers, as well as a covered outdoor seating area.
  • Two New Residence Halls will increase residential access to retreats. With the addition of 24 single rooms each, our single accommodations will increase capacity to 128.
  • Restoration of the Meadow will feature a walking path and a stupa.

Phase 3: Creating a Hermitage

The Hermitage and Hermitage Commons will provide simple lodging and support for deep, long-term individual Dharma practice. The Hermitage includes 18 kutis, or single cabins, and offers the opportunity to practice as found in the Thai Forest monasteries. The Hermitage Commons provides communal eating, teaching facilities, as well as teacher and staff lodging.


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