Walt Opie

Guest Teacher

Walt Opie first discovered insight meditation at Spirit Rock in 1993 and has attended residential retreats since 2005. He is a graduate of both Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program (CDL4) and the four-year IMS Teacher Training Program (2017-2021). Walt has led sitting groups specifically for people in addiction recovery since 2011. He started assisting and teaching on residential insight meditation retreats in 2017.

Since 2014, Walt has served as a volunteer teacher with Boundless Freedom Project (formerly known as Buddhist Pathways Prison Project) inside prisons in California, and he served on their nonprofit board for five years (including two years as Board Chair). He is a graduate of the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program. Some of his most influential teachers include: Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Bhikkhu Anālayo, Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Guy Armstrong and Gil Fronsdal.

Walt's writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2004. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and young daughter.

Walt Opie

Walt Opie's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land Hybrid

July 19 - July 28, 2024 Friday - Sunday | 9 nights

July Insight Meditation Retreat

The emphasis during this retreat will be on the continuity of awareness in all activities, which stabilizes and balances the mind. Relaxed acceptance of our moment-to-moment experience will become the platform for investigation and wisdom. Particular attention will be paid to the attitudes in the mind that condition our understanding. This retreat is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators, and we welcome people from all life experiences, backgrounds, and communities.

Kamala Masters

Kamala Masters

Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

Walt Opie

Walt Opie

Retreat Online Hybrid

July 19 - July 28, 2024 Friday - Sunday | Audit (broadcast only) | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

July Insight Meditation Retreat

The emphasis during this retreat will be on the continuity of awareness in all activities, which stabilizes and balances the mind. Relaxed acceptance of our moment-to-moment experience will become the platform for investigation and wisdom. Particular attention will be paid to the attitudes in the mind that condition our understanding. This retreat is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators, and we welcome people from all life experiences, backgrounds, and communities.

Kamala Masters

Kamala Masters

Tara Mulay

Tara Mulay

Vance Pryor

Vance Pryor

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

Walt Opie

Walt Opie