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.

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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

Ramona  Lisa Ortiz-Smith

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

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 6 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sacred Sounds Sessions: MC YOGI & DJ DREZ

Spirit Rock invites you to experience the transformative power of our inaugural Sacred Sounds Sessions, starting this summer! Each date will feature a different musical artist who has devoted their professional life to preserving, creating, and sharing sacred music. Join us for a nourishing combination of healing sound, meditation, an optional bring-your-own picnic outside in nature, and an opportunity to (re)connect with sangha on our stunning Spirit Rock land. Gates will open two hours earlier to allow enough time to picnic prior to the program.

MC YOGI

MC YOGI

DJ DREZ

DJ DREZ

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

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.