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June

Retreat On-Land

June 28 - July 4, 2024 Friday - Thursday | 6 nights

Finding Refuge in Belonging: Annual BIPOC Retreat

Open to all self-identified BIPOC. Throughout this BIPOC retreat, we will gain insight into the 10 Paramis—the perfections or attainments of heart and mind—which will guide us as a map for the recovery and reclamation of a culture of belonging and wisdom. These are qualities for navigating life, not just guidelines for meditation, and they are said to be what the Buddha was cultivating in earlier lifetimes as he slowly developed into one who could awaken fully and show others the way to freedom.

Noliwe Alexander

Noliwe Alexander

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

Margarita Loinaz

Margarita Loinaz

Jonathan Relucio

Jonathan Relucio

Ramona  Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

July

Retreat On-Land

July 5 - July 14, 2024 Friday - Sunday | 9 nights

The Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination: Are They Still Applicable?

The Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths and Dependent Origination were formulated more than 2600 years ago in a social environment that was radically different from that of today’s “Information Age.” Are they still functional and useful in the West in the 21st Century? This retreat will be an opportunity to explore these classical teachings and their related practices, and to discover whether they are indeed effective in illuminating our hearts and minds and in leading us to liberation.

Ajahn Amaro

Ajahn Amaro

Ajahn Nyaniko

Ajahn Nyaniko

Jill Satterfield

Jill Satterfield

Ralph Steele

Ralph Steele

Retreat On-Land

Saturday, July 6 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sacred Sounds Sessions: MC YOGI & DJ DREZ

Spirit Rock invites you to experience the transformative power of our inaugural Sacred Sounds Sessions, starting this summer! Each date will feature a different musical artist who has devoted their professional life to preserving, creating, and sharing sacred music. Join us for a nourishing combination of healing sound, meditation, an optional bring-your-own picnic outside in nature, and an opportunity to (re)connect with sangha on our stunning Spirit Rock land. Gates will open two hours earlier to allow enough time to picnic prior to the program.

MC YOGI

MC YOGI

DJ DREZ

DJ DREZ

Retreat On-Land

Saturday, July 13 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Home is Here, Refuge is Now: An Asian American Gathering

Open to all with Asian heritage (Central, East, North, South, Southeast, and West Asian heritage). This daylong gathering offers people of Asian heritage an opportunity to deepen their relationship to the Dharma in a supportive community. Inspired by Rev. Liên’s book Home is Here: Practicing Antiracism with the Engaged Eightfold Path and Chenxing’s book Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists, our daylong will weave together meditation, chanting, conversation, and other practices in order to cultivate the possibility that “home is here, refuge is now.”

Rev. Liên Shutt

Rev. Liên Shutt

Chenxing Han

Chenxing Han

Retreat On-Land

July 15 - July 18, 2024 Monday - Thursday | 3 nights

Tenderness Retreat: Compassion for Self and All Beings

A heart that can stay open and present in the face of dukkha (suffering or dissatisfaction) is one that is well-trained in compassion. Beginning with instruction designed to ease the nervous system and soften the barriers to a tender, open heart, we will learn the ancient radiating method of brahmavihāra practice, which opens the heart of compassion towards all beings, including oneself. It is a gentle but powerful approach to compassion practice suitable for newer and seasoned practitioners alike.

Kate Munding

Kate Munding

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

July 19 - July 28, 2024 Friday - Sunday | 9 nights

July Insight Meditation Retreat

The emphasis during this retreat will be on the continuity of awareness in all activities, which stabilizes and balances the mind. Relaxed acceptance of our moment-to-moment experience will become the platform for investigation and wisdom. Particular attention will be paid to the attitudes in the mind that condition our understanding. This retreat is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators, and we welcome people from all life experiences, backgrounds, and communities.

Kamala Masters

Kamala Masters

Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

Walt Opie

Walt Opie

Retreat On-Land

July 29 - August 4, 2024 Monday - Sunday | 6 nights

The Spirit of Insight, Dharma & Awakening

The essence of Buddhist practice is embodying the Dharma experientially. In this retreat we will use mindfulness meditation to study our experiential reality within all our activities, including meditation, movement, eating, resting, and listening. When we are present and investigate our experiential reality moment by moment, insight arises, and the Dharma reveals itself within our body, heart, and mind. As the living, embodied truth unfolds, we awaken to the Buddha within and discover the depth and breadth of our own human potential.

John Martin

John Martin

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn

Victoria Cary

Victoria Cary

August

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

Saturday, August 3 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

How to be a Bodhisattva: Zen Insights on the Way of Compassion 

In this daylong retreat, we’ll explore teachings about the Bodhisattva path—the way of friendliness and compassion—and we’ll study a short text of Dogen, the 13th Century founder of Soto Zen, called “The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance.” This poetic text offers four practices designed to awaken the bodhisattva spirit: generosity, kind speech, beneficial action, and identity action. Together, we’ll spend time experiencing Dogen’s words through meditation and writing.

Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

Sunday, August 4 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Faith in Yourself: Compassion Practices for Cultivating Freedom from Self-Doubt

5 CE Credits. Many of us find it hard to believe that we have what it takes to do this practice. Seeing into this doubt with compassion and wisdom can not only help us be free from the pain it causes, but it can open us to the possibility of trusting ourselves and all aspects of our experience. This day of practice is an invitation to understand and find freedom from self-doubt and tap into the fullness of our potential in this life.

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Retreat On-Land

August 5 - August 10, 2024 Monday - Saturday | 5 nights

Young Adult Insight Meditation Retreat

Come practice silent mindfulness and Insight Meditation in community with your peers. Give yourself a break from constant overstimulation and external demands as we create a supportive space for cultivating greater calm, spaciousness, and presence. Together we will explore the ancient practices of guided and silent sitting, walking, and heart meditations, along with movement, teacher meetings, and Dharma talks. Over the course of the  week, we will extend these practices until the entire day is one of steady, continuous awareness.

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

Saturday, August 10 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sacred Sounds Sessions: Jai Uttal

Spirit Rock invites you to experience the transformative power of our inaugural Sacred Sounds Sessions, starting this summer! Each date will feature a different musical artist who has devoted their professional life to preserving, creating, and sharing sacred music. Join us for a nourishing combination of healing sound, meditation, an optional bring-your-own picnic outside in nature, and an opportunity to (re)connect with sangha on our stunning Spirit Rock land. Gates will open two hours earlier to allow enough time to picnic prior to the program.

Jai Uttal

Jai Uttal

Retreat On-Land

August 11 - August 18, 2024 Sunday - Sunday | 7 nights

The Elements: Cultivating an Embodied Experience of Emptiness and Fullness

A fundamental aspect of establishing embodied mindfulness involves contemplations of the elements—earth, water, fire, air, and space. These five elements are universal, and when we contemplate them in relation to the body, they may bring a cooling of the grasping mind and profound realizations of emptiness and fullness. In contemplating the elements and their interrelationship, we will allow them to support the non-conceptual knowing from which insights naturally arise. This retreat includes guided and silent meditations, movement, and teacher meetings.

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Dana DePalma

Dana DePalma

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Stephanie Antoine

Stephanie Antoine

Retreat On-Land

August 18 - August 27, 2024 Sunday - Tuesday | 9 nights

Summer Lovingkindness Retreat

The Buddha’s teachings on the four divine sanctuaries include meditations on universal friendliness, compassion, altruistic joy, and equanimity. Focusing on purification and concentration, these divine sanctuaries aid our ability to find inner peace and powerfully engage with the world. This retreat deepens our understanding of selfless love and how it ends suffering. Experienced retreatants are encouraged to combine this retreat with the previous Elements retreat to further develop concentration, purify the heart, and learn to integrate these two forms of meditation.

Tempel Smith

Tempel Smith

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran

John Martin

John Martin

Kristina Baré

Kristina Baré

Rasika Link

Rasika Link

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

Sunday, August 25 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Perspectives on Buddhist Practice from Ajahn Chah: Virtue, Relinquishment, Awareness, and Liberation 

Ajahn Pasanno spent many years training with Ajahn Chah, inheriting a unique perspective including some essential parts of the Buddha's teachings that haven’t fully made their way into Western Buddhist culture. These include Ajahn Chah's emphasis on virtue, relinquishment, the quality of awareness, and full liberation as the potential result of committed Dhamma practice. Throughout this daylong, Ajahn Pasanno will reflect on how these teachings have guided his practice through stories, reflections, periods of meditation, and the opportunity for questions.

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno

Retreat On-Land

August 28 - September 2, 2024 Wednesday - Monday | 5 nights

Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat

This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional instructions will be combined with a spirit of lovingkindness, and our time together will include a schedule of silent sitting and walking periods, guided Yoga/movement sessions, as well as practice meetings with teachers and daily Dharma talks. This retreat is for experienced as well as new students.

James Baraz

James Baraz

Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Eve Decker

Eve Decker

Terry Vandiver

Terry Vandiver

September

Retreat On-Land

September 2 - September 5, 2024 Monday - Thursday | 3 nights

Coming Home to Ourselves

Come home to yourself with the simple and direct practice of being present for your experience. Insight Meditation allows the restless heart to settle through the gentle practice of repeatedly connecting with and returning to the here and now. It is here in the present moment where we discover the peace and well-being we yearn for. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners and is silent except for practice instructions, teacher-led Q&A, and practice discussions.

Diana Clark

Diana Clark

Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori

Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

Tanya T Wiser

Tanya T Wiser

Retreat On-Land

September 5 - September 8, 2024 Thursday - Sunday | 3 nights

The Doorway to Freedom and Peace: The Three Characteristics

The radical premise of the Buddha’s teaching is that realizing the truth—what Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki called "things-as-it-is"—is the doorway to freedom and peace. During this retreat, we will engage mindfulness and compassion to turn toward the living truth that arises each moment, with an emphasis on the Three Characteristics of Reality: all things are impermanent (aniccā), ultimately unreliable (dukkha), and ownerless (anattā). Our time will include silent meditation and movement along with instructions, Dharma talks, and meetings with teachers. 

Erin Treat

Erin Treat

Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss

Yong Oh

Yong Oh

Monica Magtoto

Monica Magtoto

Retreat On-Land

September 9 - September 13, 2024 Monday - Friday | 4 nights

Founders Retreat: Insight Meditation with the Spirit Rock Founding Teachers

Spirit Rock invites you to a special Insight Meditation Retreat with senior Spirit Rock teachers who have been here since the beginning. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional instructions based on the Foundations of Mindfulness will be combined with daily mettā (lovingkindness) practice, silent sitting and walking periods, guided movement sessions, practice meetings with teachers, and daily Dharma talks.

James Baraz

James Baraz

Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein

Stephanie Antoine

Stephanie Antoine

Retreat On-Land

September 14 - September 18, 2024 Saturday - Wednesday | 4 nights

Aging, Dying, & Awakening

In this retreat, we’ll explore aging and dying from the Buddhist perspective of meditative practice and awakening. Together, we'll examine aging and death in our conventional lives and see what happens as we normalize these processes as part of the great letting go. How might this “letting go” reveal the awakened heart? This retreat will include meditation instructions, Dharma talks, meetings with teachers, and a daily period of contemplative inquiry during which we will investigate our own relationship to death. Otherwise, this retreat is silent outside of the mentioned above periods.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams

JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

September 19 - September 25, 2024 Thursday - Wednesday | 6 nights

Spiritual Sanctuary: A Women's Liberation Retreat

Open to all self-identified Women. We welcome all who identify as women, as well as non-binary folks who feel nourished in spaces centering women.

We live in times of increasing pressure, which can be experienced as intensity, stress, limitation, or dissatisfaction. The Four Noble Truths remind us that pressure is an unavoidable part of life, and that freedom is possible within it. This retreat offers a space in which practitioners can choose rest, renewal, and liberation. Together we will practice in silence, integrating movement and stillness, outdoor practice, and Dharma talks that lift up women’s journeys of awakening from a diversity of lineages and traditions.

Erin Selover

Erin Selover

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Victoria Cary

Victoria Cary

Erin Treat

Erin Treat

Monica Magtoto

Monica Magtoto

Retreat On-Land

September 26 - September 30, 2024 Thursday - Monday | 4 nights

What the Buddha Taught

Held in noble silence and open to all levels of experience, this retreat explores ancient Buddhist practices, stories, and insights while considering the relevance of these 2500-year-old teachings to our contemporary lives. Together we will weave mindfulness into our practices of sitting, walking, eating, and basic daily activities. The renunciation of technology, books, entertainment, and other aspects of regular life will facilitate the development of insight that will benefit our everyday practice as we return to our modern lives.

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Neesha Patel

Neesha Patel

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

October

Retreat On-Land

October 1 - October 10, 2024 Tuesday - Thursday | 9 nights

Naturally Arising Samādhi [Concentration]

This retreat develops concentration through specific meditative practices that utilize the mind’s natural capacity to become collected and unified. Our focus will be on developing concentration; exploring the experience of a concentrated and contented mind as a natural, mysterious, and beneficial phenomena; and utilizing concentration during Insight practice. The primary teaching method will be two daily guided 45-60 minute meditations, and participants are strongly encouraged to listen to guided meditations ahead of time to experience this style of practice.

Phillip Moffitt

Phillip Moffitt

Dana DePalma

Dana DePalma

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Ying Chen

Ying Chen

Retreat On-Land

October 10 - October 19, 2024 Thursday - Saturday | 9 nights

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a Vipassanā retreat in the Thai Forest Tradition, which will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of lovingkindness, and the retreat will include silent stillness and moving meditation, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with the teachers.

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

devon hase

devon hase

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

October 20 - October 26, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Uncovering the Luminous Gold Within: BIPOC Mettā Retreat

Open to all self-identified BIPOC. There is a rich repository of deep peace and ease that resides within the heart. Mettā, the practice of lovingkindness, brings to awareness the messages of conditioning that cloak the inner sacredness of our being. Mettā transforms the heart into a sanctuary by which we are strengthened to stay lovingly engaged with the tumultuous tides of life. This retreat offers silent and guided meditation, Dharma talks, movement meditation, and restful time to nourish the body and heal the heart. 

Amana Brembry Johnson

Amana Brembry Johnson

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

bruni dávila

bruni dávila

Richelle Evelyn Donigan

Richelle Evelyn Donigan

Retreat On-Land

October 27 - November 2, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Befriending Mortality: Living An Awakened Life Through Mindfulness of Death

18 CE Credits. We all “know” we will die, yet we tend to ignore it and put our collective heads in the sand. Rather than running away from our inevitable mortality, we can harness its power to stay aligned with our deepest values and to live and love more fully. Fully embracing life’s impermanence can engender a deep freedom and letting go. Through mindfulness of death (maraṇasati), we become more present for this miraculous, passing show called life with gladness and gratitude.

Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori

John Martin

John Martin

Kodo Conlin

Kodo Conlin

November

Retreat On-Land

November 3 - November 8, 2024 Sunday - Friday | 5 nights

Nourishing the Beautiful: A Retreat for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Open to all self-identified LGBTQIA+. Awakening to the beauty that is within and around us is an essential part of the Buddhist path, and it is particularly important to those of us who have been taught to view ourselves and the world in a different light. Practicing together, we will closely consider—and deeply nurture—what beauty means for us, both individually and collectively. This retreat supports all levels of practice and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+, GNC, and non-binary communities, and is open to all levels of experience.

JD Doyle

JD Doyle

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

bruni dávila

bruni dávila

Kimber Simpkins-Nuccio

Kimber Simpkins-Nuccio

Ramona  Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Retreat On-Land

November 9 - November 14, 2024 Saturday - Thursday | 5 nights

Finding Your Ground: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Dharma

How do we stay grounded, centered, and rooted in compassion and wisdom—especially through personal and global challenges? In this silent retreat, we’ll offer teachings and tools from the Dharma and Yoga traditions for settling your nervous system, grounding your energy, and connecting in an embodied way with what matters most. Each day includes gentle guided Yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying down meditation instruction and practice; and Dharma reflections and discussion.

Anne Cushman

Anne Cushman

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Rolf Gates

Rolf Gates

Retreat On-Land

November 15 - November 22, 2024 Friday - Friday | 7 nights

Natural Radiance: Exploring the Freedom of Awareness

Awareness is a beautiful, hidden jewel that is innate in everyone. In this meditation retreat, we will explore this quality of awareness—what it is, and how to cultivate and abide in awakened presence. We will investigate how mindfulness supports a depth of awareness through various meditation practices, and we will consider what obscures the clarity of awareness both in meditation and in everyday life. As our mindfulness grows, we discover how this capacity for awareness is available in every moment.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

devon hase

devon hase

Yong Oh

Yong Oh

Retreat On-Land

November 22 - November 30, 2024 Friday - Saturday | 8 nights

Reclamation of the Sacred: Journey into Refuge, Presence, and Love

In helping us to deepen our refuge and reconnect with what is most precious and sacred in this life, this retreat draws from teachings and practices that open us to the heart of compassion. Informed by a synthesis of Theravāda Buddhism as transmitted through the Thai Forest Tradition and the teachings of Ajahn Chah, and Mahāyāna practices and teachings around Quan Yin’s compassionate Bodhisattva Path, this retreat includes devotional practices, Dharma talks, meditation instructions, Yoga sessions, and meetings with teachers.

Kittisaro

Kittisaro

Thanissara

Thanissara

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

Dawn Mauricio

Dawn Mauricio

Yong Oh

Yong Oh

Djuna Devereaux

Djuna Devereaux

Adam Stonebraker

Adam Stonebraker

December

Retreat On-Land

December 1 - December 7, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

In the Presence of Love: A Mettā & Qigong Retreat

This retreat focuses on cultivating lovingkindness (mettā in Pāli), infusing our hearts, minds, and bodies with a strong, caring wisdom. Lovingkindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. Qigong—a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness—perfectly complements traditional sitting meditation practice and has a well-established connection to contemplative traditions. On this retreat, lovingkindness practices will be supported by guided instruction as well as Qigong, meditation, and meetings with teachers.

Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro

Teja Bell

Teja Bell

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker