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

The Courage to Live: The Practice of Forgiveness (LOTTERY)
Larry Yang, Gina Sharpe, Noliwe Alexander, Devin Berry, Konda Mason, Amana Brembry Johnson (yoga)
Sunday, December 3, 3:00pm - Sunday, December 10, 11:30am
upper Retreat Hall
$1725 - $785 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 318R17.
LOTTERY OPEN-Apply Online Here

Life is complex, many times not very clear, and sometimes devastating, in its path towards Freedom. Forgiveness is a huge topic. It can bring up so much around injury, pain, and trauma that we have experienced in the Past - both as individuals and as communities. Our inability to let go sometimes numbs our lives in the Present, and it can limit how we live into the Future. If we don't start somewhere, does that mean we will never have the opportunity to try and live into all the possibilities of our fullest potential? We are invited to bring our courage to explore and cultivate the continuing opening of our hearts and minds. The intention is to explore - even in small ways - a most difficult practice, not to achieve perfection in Forgiveness, but to live the life that we vision for ourselves - a life which is more and more free from suffering. That would be enough.

We will explore the practices of Forgiveness and Letting Go, with the primary supports of Mindfulness, Kindness, Compassion, and Equanimity to provide the most expansive landscape in restoring and renewing our beautifully awakening lives.

Lottery Details:
The lottery is now open (Monday, June 26th) and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, August 18th. No preference is given to when you apply within this open enrollment period.

All applicants must apply online. In an effort to save our planet's trees, we will not be providing a link for a downloadable form. Please call us if you do not have access to a computer. No retreat fees will be collected at this time, it is purely registration for the lottery portion of the process.

After the lottery closes, applicants will be notified by email of their status no later than 5:00pm on Friday, September 1, 2017; please refrain from calling before this deadline. If you are selected in the lottery, you will be sent an email with a special link to register and pay your fees online. We will notify you at that time if you were awarded scholarship funding as well. If you end up on a waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list.

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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