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March

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

Saturday, March 16 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Cultivating Equanimity: The Happiness of a Heart in Balance and Peace 

Equanimity is a crown jewel of Buddhist practice, the unshakable balance of mind-heart born of the perfection of wisdom and love. Equanimity is neither aloof nor cool, as it has been commonly (and mistakenly) imagined, but rather it works to imbue the heart with tremendous stability and caring presence. Cultivating equanimity is paramount for a heart-mind that remains in balance, peace, and happiness at every stage of our practice.

Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori

April

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Not-Self: Not Taking Ourselves Personally 

Liberation won't be found in trying to create the perfect personality, because it isn't the personality that realizes liberation. Using the Buddha's teachings on not-self as a contemplative strategy, rather than a doctrine to believe in, is a way to freedom in the heart/mind. This daylong will explore teachings on not-self and how to bring them into present moment experience. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as Dharma reflections and Q&A.

Ajahn Karunadhammo

Ajahn Karunadhammo

Retreat On-Land

April 7 - April 13, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a silent retreat designed especially for those relatively new to the practices of Insight Meditation (vipassanā). The retreat includes systematic instructions on vipassanā meditation—both stillness and moving—as well as lovingkindness practices, meetings with teachers, and evening talks highlighting the central teachings of the Buddha and their practical application to our lives.

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Noliwe Alexander

Noliwe Alexander

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik

Retreat On-Land

April 14 - April 20, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Illuminating the Beautiful Qualities of the Heart

Open to All Self-identified Women of the Black African Diaspora. There is a deep well of vibrant, intuitive knowing that is alive in the bone memory of Black Women’s bodies. In practicing silent meditation both indoors and in nature, this retreat for self-identified Black Women includes Dharma talks, embodiment practices, teacher meetings, and time for reflective, intentional rest to nourish the mind, heart, and body. Through guided practices of self-love, compassion, and deep connection to nature, we will illuminate the heart of strength and tenderness that resides within us all.

Amana Brembry Johnson

Amana Brembry Johnson

Konda Mason

Konda Mason

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams

Ruth King

Ruth King

Richelle Evelyn Donigan

Richelle Evelyn Donigan

Retreat On-Land

April 21 - April 27, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Finding Refuge, Finding Home: A Retreat in Nature

In the storms of our lives we need refuge, nourishment, and support—a place to replenish our tired bodies and troubled hearts. When the Buddha taught meditation, his first instruction was to sit under a tree. Together, we will practice in the age-old tradition of being outside in the company of the natural world. We will explore tapping into the stillness and dynamism that surrounds us in nature, which teaches us about balance and delight as refuge in our daily lives.

Susie Harrington

Susie Harrington

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Yong Oh

Yong Oh

Liz Powell

Liz Powell

bruni dávila

bruni dávila

Retreat On-Land

April 28 - May 4, 2024 Sunday - Saturday | 6 nights

Exploring the Relationship between the Awakening Heart and Unentangled Knowing

At this time of increasing global crisis, the relationship between letting go and trusting a heart that knows can resource us in profound and unexpected ways. On this retreat, we will enter into Noble Silence, invoking our intention to increase our intimacy with this primordial relationship between embodied knowing and embodied care. Our intention is to support you as you tenderly meet each moment with care. Together, we will weave Dharma teachings with stillness, movement, ritual, sound, and song.

Erin Selover

Erin Selover

Monica Magtoto

Monica Magtoto

Tara Marchant

Tara Marchant

May

Retreat On-Land

May 5 - May 10, 2024 Sunday - Friday | 5 nights

With the World on Fire, Embody the Eightfold Path

The Buddha offered the Noble Eightfold Path as a way to direct our lives away from entanglement and towards true freedom. As we find ourselves moving into an increasing ecological crisis and witnessing its impact on the planet and our lives, the Buddha’s teaching becomes ever more relevant and essential. During this retreat, Ayya Ananadabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, and Ayya Santussika will offer teachings on this theme with an emphasis on bringing the path to the whole of our experience.

Ayya Anandabodhi

Ayya Anandabodhi

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santussika

Ayya Santussika

Emily Carpenter

Emily Carpenter

Retreat On-Land

May 11 - May 16, 2024 Saturday - Thursday | 5 nights

Spring Insight Retreat

The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, and knowing moment by moment what it's like to be human. The more deeply we look, the more reason we have to love. Together, we'll sit in the refuge provided by a 2,600-year legacy of wisdom and kindness. In silence, we come to know the preciousness of our life and the poignancy of the human condition.

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

Brian Lesage

Brian Lesage

Retreat On-Land

May 26 - May 30, 2024 Sunday - Thursday | 4 nights

The Body as Nature, Nature in the Body: Dharma and Our Connection to the Earth

Our body can be a vehicle for liberation in this life, containing all we need to wake up. Yet we may not know how to relate to the body in the ways that can support this kind of freedom. Throughout this retreat, we will practice connecting to our body with loving awareness while recognizing ourselves as an essential part of nature. Together, we will engage in noble silence as we are nurtured and supported by the land at Spirit Rock.

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Will Kabat-Zinn

Will Kabat-Zinn

Cara Lai

Cara Lai

June

Retreat On-Land

June 7 - June 14, 2024 Friday - Friday | 7 nights

Insight, Awareness, and the Nine Bodies of Consciousness

This retreat offers a new style of Insight Meditation that employs the “Nine Bodies of Consciousness” map. The focus of this practice is on developing mindfulness of the felt sense of embodied experience, and directly experiencing the various capacities of consciousness, including intuitive awareness, which fosters the natural arising of insight. This distinct teaching style will be unfamiliar to first-time “Nine Bodies Insight” practitioners, and potential participants are strongly encouraged to listen to guided meditations beforehand.

Dana DePalma

Dana DePalma

Phillip Moffitt

Phillip Moffitt

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Ying Chen

Ying Chen

Retreat On-Land

June 15 - June 21, 2024 Saturday - Friday | 6 nights

The Magic of Awareness

The paradox of awareness is profound and yet very simple. It can’t be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitations. It is neither pleasant nor unpleasant, good nor bad. We will practice with this quality of awareness through formal and informal meditation. Once we know how to pay attention, it can be experienced in an instant. When we learn to reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have been seeking all along.

James Baraz

James Baraz

Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman

Jill White Lindsay

Jill White Lindsay

Retreat On-Land

June 22 - June 27, 2024 Saturday - Thursday | 5 nights

Mindfulness for Everyone

8 CE Credits. Mindfulness offers us tools to develop our capacity to pay attention, regulate emotions, and cultivate states of lovingkindness, compassion, and even-mindedness. Mindfulness can be practiced in a variety of ways—from focused attention to wide open, spacious, natural awareness. Over time, one can access states of profound well-being in both silent meditation and everyday life. Rooted in the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, this retreat focuses on practical applications of mindfulness and is open to people of all experience levels and backgrounds.

Diana Winston

Diana Winston

Carol Cano

Carol Cano

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Gullu Singh

Gullu Singh

Vadan Tereza Ritter

Vadan Tereza Ritter

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

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 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

August

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

Pam Dunn

Pam Dunn

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Jean Corrigal

Jean Corrigal