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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Dharma and the Drama
Wes Nisker, Nina Wise
Monday, September 18, 3:00pm - Sunday, September 24, 11:30am
upper Walking Hall
$1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 299R17.
Preregistration is now closed

Retreat still has spaces available. If interested call Retreat Managers - 415-488-0164 ext. 262
Download application forms to submit via fax or email.
NOTE: All Mudita/Karuna Scholarship funds for this retreat has been allocated.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.

Hemera Foundation Fellowships for Artists: Click link for more information. ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.



During this retreat we will study and practice together the art and discipline of mindfulness meditation. As we do our meditation practice, we will draw on the radical new understandings of contemporary science, history, and culture, helping to support and amplify the teachings of the Buddha. In addition to periods of sitting in silence, we will engage in gently yoga and a few interactive movement practices designed to explore the path to freedom in the body as well as the mind.

The retreat will make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation techniques: to explore the evolutionary origin of our body and emotions; practice traditional Buddhist reflections on death and dying; examine our nature "as" nature; and through movement, ground our awareness in the body. All the while, we will examine the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself. In the process we expect to find relief from our personal drama and a new sense of delight and meaning in our embodied lives.

The retreat will also include poetry, chanting and a little "crazy wisdom."

Carla Brennan will assist Wes and Nina on this retreat.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

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