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COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats

Our first priority is to protect the health of everyone who comes to Spirit Rock, including practitioners, staff, and teachers. We follow county, state, and federal (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines that are currently in place, along with additional significant safety protocols, including limited capacity for retreats.

The Spirit Rock campus will remain closed except for in-person retreats. During retreats, the campus will be closed to all, excluding staff, retreat teachers, and retreatants.

Safety Protocols

The following are Spirit Rock’s primary required safety protocols:

  • Vaccination: All staff, teachers, and practitioners must be fully vaccinated with vaccines for COVID-19 two weeks or more before arrival. Boosters are strongly encouraged until March 15, 2022, when they will be required.
  • Negative COVID-19 Test: All practitioners, teachers, and retreat staff will take an antigen test on the opening day of a retreat upon arrival. Individuals will not be admitted to the retreat if the test result is positive for COVID.
  • Single Rooms: All retreatants will receive a single room, and retreats will be limited to 80 practitioners through March 26, 2022. Starting with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will offer shared rooms, up to 96 practitioners.
  • N95, KN95 or KF94 Masks Required: In accordance with Marin County Public Health mandates, masks are required in all shared indoor spaces for all staff, teachers, and practitioners, including the meditation hall. We are requiring the proper wearing of N95, KN95, or KF94 masks, which are proven to better filter aerosolized particles than cloth or three-ply disposable masks. We will supply you with an appropriate mask if you do not have one. Teachers are exempt from the mask requirement while actively offering Dharma teachings. Masks are not required in your personal dorm room or in outside spaces when physical distancing of six feet or more can be maintained. You may be asked to leave the retreat if you do not properly wear your mask.
  • Ventilation/Air Filtration: We have upgraded air filtration in all the meditation halls, and have provided small air purifiers in all dorm rooms and public spaces.
  • Surface Cleaning: Sanitizing of all high touch areas will be done twice daily and hand sanitizing stations will be placed in convenient locations across campus.
  • Dining: Physical distancing will be maintained in the dining hall with additional indoor and outdoor seating options for dining. We’ve added more tents with heaters to our outside dining space and have air filters in the dining hall as well. Typically, our opening night supper is a time for conversation and community connection. However, to minimize aerosolized particles and promote greater safety for all practitioners, retreats will begin with noble silence at the first meal and continue through the end of the retreat. We are extending the buffet time to a full hour for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and ask that the first 15 minutes of each meal be reserved for seniors and folks with compromised immune systems. We ask that retreatants practice mindfulness while eating and not linger in the dining hall, as we have reduced our seating capacity to make more space for physical distancing.
  • Physical Distancing in Meditation Hall: Cushions and chairs will be arranged to maintain physical distancing in the meditation hall.
  • Symptom Check: All practitioners, staff, and teachers will receive a personal kit that includes a symptom checklist and thermometer. All are to monitor their symptoms daily and notify a staff member if their symptoms indicate COVID. 
  • Sick Policy: If a practitioner or teacher becomes sick, they will be asked to remain in their room, and if serious, return home. We will also ask them to take an antigen self-test onsite, and if they test positive for COVID-19, they must exit the retreat. If they cannot return home due to travel restrictions, we will support their quarantine to the best of our ability.


Caring for the Community

Spirit Rock welcomes people from around the U.S. and the world to participate in our retreats. Our intention is to include as many people as possible. We have chosen to require COVID-19 vaccination for in-person retreats. This is not a decision we have made lightly. It reflects our obligation to keep our workplace and practice spaces as safe as possible.

If you are not vaccinated, we invite you to participate in our online retreats and programs to deepen your practice and connect with our community. We will continue to revisit our safety guidelines as the pandemic shifts.

If you have any questions, please contact us at srmc@spiritrock.org. Thank you for your practice and dedication to Spirit Rock.


Upcoming In-person Retreats

January 2022

Mon - Mon, January 10 - 17, 2022

Metta Retreat

Donald Rothberg, PhD, Pawan Bareja, PhD, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Gullu Singh, JD, Sylvia Boorstein, PhD and Melvin L. Escobar, LCSW, RYT

In this retreat, we will learn the formal practice of mettā along with its companion practices of compassion, joy, and equanimity. Learn More

Tues - Sat, January 18 - 22, 2022

The Four Elements Retreat

Kate Munding and Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

Using the Four Elements, cultivate a grounded, embodied practice that leans toward concentration, direct experience of anatta (not-self), and impermanence. Learn More

Sun - Fri, January 23 - 28, 2022

Cultivating Wisdom and Insight

Brian Lesage, Dawn Scott and Vance Pryor

Explore insight meditation (vipassana) to cultivate an embodied presence and mindful awareness that embraces all of the human experience. Learn More

February 2022

Sat - Sat, January 29 - February 26, 2022 (28 nights)

February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat

James Baraz, Dawn Scott, Tempel Smith, Tuere Sala, JD Doyle and Martha Link

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. Our one- and two-month retreats emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Learn More and Apply

March 2022

Sat - Sat, February 26 - March 26, 2022 (28 nights)

March Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat

Andrea Fella, Bhante Buddharakkhita, Winnie Nazarko, Greg Scharf, Anushka Fernandopulle and Amy J Wang

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. Our one- and two-month retreats emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Learn More and Apply

Sun - Wed, Sunday to Wednesday March 27 - 30, 2022 (3 Nights)

Living with Awareness Retreat

Mark Coleman, MA and Diana Winston

In this Insight Meditation retreat, we cultivate the beautiful quality of mindfulness. This mindful awareness nurtures clarity, wisdom, and well-being. Learn More and Apply


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Cancellation Policy for On-land Retreats *

August 2021 - March 2022

To offer participants greater flexibility as we make our way out of the pandemic, we’re offering a more generous cancellation policy for On-land Residential Retreats (August 2021 - March 2022) and Online Multi-day Retreats (4+ days):

  • $100 fee when you cancel more than 2 days before the retreat (fees reduced to half for scholarship participants)
  • No refunds when you cancel less than 2 days prior to the retreat (applies to all participants)

As of April 2022

Standard Cancellation Fees:
  • $100 On or before 8 weeks
  • $175 4–8 weeks before
  • $300 2–4 weeks before
  • No refunds as of 2 weeks before 
Scholarship Rates Cancellation Fees:
  • $75 On or before 8 weeks
  • $100 4–8 weeks before
  • $200 2–4 weeks before
  • No refunds as of 2 weeks before

* Fees reduced for serious illness or death in family

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