Retreats

Since ancient times, all wise cultures have understood the value of retreat. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life and to listen deeply to our body, heart, and mind.

For 2,600 years, meditation retreats have been a central part of the Buddhist path of awakening. Retreats offer practical instruction and group support for discovering inner peace, deep understanding, and liberation.

Spirit Rock retreats combine the fertile atmosphere of silence with extensive time for meditation and walks in nature, supported by Buddhist teachings on meditation, well-being, and the path to liberation. Careful guidance and training is also offered in meditation and mindfulness. Most of our retreats are suitable for both new and more experienced meditation practitioners.

Spirit Rock offers retreats of one day to two months on our campus of over 400 acres in picturesque Marin County, California, and conveniently online, supporting practitioners around the world to deepen their practice in connection with saṅgha (spiritual community) and teachers. We are grateful to be open and practicing together again, with protective Covid-19 Safety Protocols in place.

On-Land Retreats

A retreat provides an opportunity and a caring container for undertaking deep meditation and spiritual exploration. The central practice is mindfulness, which enables us to discover a freedom of heart in the midst of all the difficulties of life. Mindfulness practice on retreat is often accompanied and complemented by training in lovingkindness (mettā) meditation.

Spirit Rock on-land retreats involve a gathering of around 30 to 100 or more participants. Most of the retreat is held in silence, and retreat participants do not speak to one another. Writing and reading are also discouraged, so that retreatants can better stay with their own present experience as it unfolds moment to moment. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to unfold.

Learn More About The Experience Of Retreat

Retreat On-Land

Sunday, February 25 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The Nature Inside: A Women's Daylong on the Four Elements

Open to all self-identified Women. In the Buddha’s instruction on cultivating mindfulness using the body, one method he taught was the use of the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. Throughout this meditation daylong for self-identified women, we will use the four elements practice to investigate our own relationship to our body and to remind us of our connection to the natural world. Our schedule will flow between sitting and movement meditation, guidance, and silence. Join us for a connective, welcoming, and restorative retreat.

Kate Munding

Kate Munding

Antonia Fokken

Antonia Fokken

Retreat On-Land

March 2 - March 30, 2024 Saturday - Saturday | 28 nights

March Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat Application - 2024

Awareness, or consciousness, is the very heart of sentient life. Yet in our practice we may not have learned how to meditate directly on this aspect of our experience. In this retreat we will explore the nature of awareness in three stages. First, we will develop concentration through mindfulness of breathing. Then we'll introduce lovingkindness meditation, inviting the beautiful qualities of the heart. Finally, we'll focus on specific meditative techniques that allow us to rest in the pure nature of awareness itself.

Guy Armstrong

Guy Armstrong

Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Susie Harrington

Susie Harrington

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Kodo Conlin

Kodo Conlin

Eleni Monos

Eleni Monos

Rasika Link

Rasika Link

Jaya Rudgard

Jaya Rudgard

Retreat On-Land

Sunday, March 3 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Your Brain Isn't Broken: Meeting ADHD with Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Compassion

Do you have challenges with focus and time management or struggle with emotional hypersensitivity or frustration tolerance? Millions of people suffer daily with conditions associated with these executive function challenges, commonly referred to as ADHD. These conditions often leave people with a sense of self-doubt, shame, or unworthiness, which is made worse by self-judgment and criticism. On this daylong retreat we’ll explore navigating these challenges, how they interrupt our functioning, and how we can meet ourselves with compassion and wisdom.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Online Retreats

Online retreat is a powerful new experience of mindfulness practice, bringing together the immersive approach of our traditional meditation retreats with the daily life integration of practicing at home. In our online retreats, you join with the teachers and community on Zoom each day for meditation, instruction, discussion, movement, and small group support. You’ll follow a gentle self-guided schedule between sessions in a way that is flexible and integrated into your day.

Online retreats offer accessibility to practitioners worldwide, those who are unable to attend a retreat on the land, and dedicated practitioners between longer retreats or trainings. They are a beautiful, personal way to explore bringing focused mindfulness and meditation practice into everyday life, and to enjoy the deep rest and restoration of retreat without leaving your home.

Retreat Online

Saturday, February 24 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wise Livelihood for the BIPOC Community

Open to all self-identified BIPOC. As we gather in beloved community, we will meditate, rejoice, relate, and explore the Buddhist teachings of wise livelihood and how we can apply these teachings to the act of living fully with peace, abundance, and freedom. Wise livelihood is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, and these teachings can profoundly transform our lives and the ways we relate to our work, ourselves, our interpersonal relationships, and to the world at large. 

bruni dávila

bruni dávila

Retreat Online