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, 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

Retreat On-Land

Saturday, March 16 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Cultivating Equanimity: The Happiness of a Heart in Balance and Peace 

Equanimity is a crown jewel of Buddhist practice, the unshakable balance of mind-heart born of the perfection of wisdom and love. Equanimity is neither aloof nor cool, as it has been commonly (and mistakenly) imagined, but rather it works to imbue the heart with tremendous stability and caring presence. Cultivating equanimity is paramount for a heart-mind that remains in balance, peace, and happiness at every stage of our practice.

Nikki Mirghafori

Nikki Mirghafori

Retreat On-Land

Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Not-Self: Not Taking Ourselves Personally 

Liberation won't be found in trying to create the perfect personality, because it isn't the personality that realizes liberation. Using the Buddha's teachings on not-self as a contemplative strategy, rather than a doctrine to believe in, is a way to freedom in the heart/mind. This daylong will explore teachings on not-self and how to bring them into present moment experience. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as Dharma reflections and Q&A.

Ajahn Karunadhammo

Ajahn Karunadhammo

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, March 2 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Wisdom of Storytelling: The Power of Story to Awaken Hearts

While we’re encouraged in Buddhist traditions to let go of the stories we tell ourselves, Buddhism has used storytelling to impart the teachings of the Buddha for thousands of years. In this workshop, we’ll practice honoring our life experiences, bringing mindfulness to listening and speaking, and understanding one another more deeply. In exploring techniques for crafting compelling story and narrative, we'll also learn how the process itself helps us develop perspective and supports a sense of shared openness and vulnerability.

Alisa Dennis

Alisa Dennis

Retreat Online

Saturday, March 9 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Mindfulness with Breathing: Doorway to Wisdom

The breath is precious. From the first inhale at birth to the last exhale at death, the breath is our constant companion, and serves as many peoples’ introduction to meditation practice. As the Ānāpānasti sutta teaches us, it is also the doorway to the depths of Dhamma. This daylong will use the Ānāpānasti sutta as a roadmap to steadying the heart and mind, pointing us to freedom. We will explore this foundational teaching through guided meditations, talks, and Q&A.

Dawn Mauricio

Dawn Mauricio