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Financial Assistance and Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information for 1-month and 2-month retreats (2016)

Dana (the Pali word for generosity) has played an essential role in the 2,500 year-old Buddhist tradition.  In the spirit of this tradition, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is committed to offering financial assistance to those who need it. Spirit Rock does not want cost to be an obstacle for participation in our residential retreats.

Due to the overwhelming generosity of our sangha members and Spirit Rock’s commitment to ensure these teachings of wisdom and compassion are available to more diverse communities, in 2015 we will extend an unprecedented amount of scholarship funding to young adults and individuals from Communities of Color for participation in the 1-month and 2-month retreats. We offer this opportunity in addition to the scholarship funds to yogis with financial hardship.

As of September 15, all scholarship spaces for young adults and financial hardship have been taken; however there are still opportunities for individuals who self-identify from Communities of Color.

Offering access to teachings of wisdom and compassion to these historically under-represented members of the sangha has long been a priority. In our work to uproot the causes of greed, hatred and delusion and support the liberation of all beings, we know it is critical to provide opportunities for long-term practice to new generations of dharma leaders. As we move into this next phase of Spirit Rock’s growth with the build out of our lower campus, we are also resolved in our commitment to increasing access to the Dharma.

Each financial aid request is assessed in terms of financial need and funds availability. Each individual may be awarded scholarships or young adult rates for a maximum of two retreats per calendar year. Please note that the two-month retreat counts as two retreats due to the duration.

How to apply:

To apply for a scholarship, send in your COMPLETE retreat package (including payment, scholarship application, teacher questionnaire and digital photo) as soon as possible.

February 1-month Retreat - Jan 30 - Feb 27

March 1- month Retreat - Feb 27 - March 26

Feb/March 2-month Retreat - Jan 30 - March 26

Read about the retreats: 

To learn more about the retreats and teachers follow links below.

February 1-month Retreat

March 1- month Retreat

Financial Aid Options

Spirit Rock Meditation Center offers a variety of types of financial support for residential retreats.


    The Mudita Scholarship provides a means for those who require financial assistance to attend a retreat.


    The Karuna Scholarship is specifically for those with serious medical conditions who require financial assistance to attend a retreat.
  • Dr. Marlene Jones People of Color (POC) Scholarships

    The POC Scholarship is specifically for individuals who self-identify as a Person of Color who require financial assistance to attend a retreat.

  • Young Adult Rate (for month-long retreats) ALL SCHOLARSHIP SPACES HAVE BEEN TAKEN

    It is our wish to support the practice needs of meditators in early adulthood. To this end, Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults, age 18-32, who wish to attend a residential retreat.

  • Renunciate Monastics

    Renunciate monastics are invited to attend Spirit Rock retreats without cost. We ask that you register in advance to secure a space in the retreat. Monastic discounts can be extended only to one having taken vows and abiding as a renunciate, living exclusively on donations and having no form of income through work or other sources. Contact the registrar for more information.


If you need to cancel from a retreat, please do so early. This gives us time to open the space up for another applicant. Late cancellations make it difficult to give someone else the opportunity to attend. Once you have been accepted into the retreat, cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Fees
Standard-Cancellation fees for 1-Month Retreats
$250 on or before two months prior
$500 between two and one month prior
$750 between one month and two weeks prior
$1000 less than two weeks prior
No refund as of 3:00 pm on the last business day prior to retreat

Scholarship or Young Adult rate-Cancellation fees
$125 on or before two months prior
$250 between two and one month prior
$375 between one month and two weeks prior
$500 less than two weeks prior
No refunds as of 3:00 pm on the last business day prior to retreat

Other Financial Assistance for Residential Retreats

Work Retreatant Positions
Work retreatant positions are available to candidates who have attended a minimum 5-day Vipassana retreat, in exchange for retreat tuition. A work retreatant position consists of  5 hours of daily work, either in the kitchen or with the housekeepers. We ask that candidates be able-bodied adults of average physical stamina. Work retreatants are still invited to offer Dana to the retreat teachers and retreat staff at the end of the retreat.

While on a work retreat you will miss some periods of walking and sitting meditation. It is also possible, but unlikely, that you could miss the morning instruction period or a period of movement practice. While on a work retreat, you will be able to attend all Dharma talks.

If you are interested in applying for a work retreatant position, click here

Payment Plan
You can arrange to pay for your retreat over time via automatic monthly deductions from your bank account (United States banks only). Your automatic deductions can be set for a maximum of 6 monthly payments starting the month following the end of your retreat. Download the form here; fill out the form, attach a voided blank check, bring it with you to the retreat, and present it to the retreat manager upon check-in. The Payment Plan is also available for Teacher and Staff Dana at the end of a retreat. Please bring an extra voided check if you'd like to defer your teacher and staff dana.



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