April 2020

27Apr01MayCentering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others -- online only(April 27) 2:00 PM - (May 1) 11:30 AM Online Teacher(s): James Baraz; Sharda Rogell; Jill White-Lindsay (yoga) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Monday, April 27, 2:00pm – Friday, May 1, 11:30am; 4 nights
Sliding Scale: $25-$1300; Code 347R20.

This retreat is now full and in session.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is offered online only, on a sliding scale basis from $25-$1300, not including financial support for the teachers.

We are offering an extremely low end of the sliding scale as an experiment. Spirit Rock’s financial health, like many organizations, is suffering. However, in the spirit of generosity that is so central to the Buddha’s teaching, we want to make practice available to all, especially at this time. We hope in that spirit, you will be as generous as possible in considering what you can offer for this retreat.

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat will be modified for an at-home schedule and experience.

Retreat Description:
In this time of crisis and uncertainty, our mind can move towards confusion and fear, or towards clarity and connection. Our practice gives us tools to stay present with the swirl of mind states and emotions that naturally arise as well as the centeredness to respond with wisdom and compassion. Even more, we can be Thich Nhat Hanh’s “calm person in the boat” transmitting our own centeredness to others in our lives. Just as fear is contagious so is the collectedness that we develop within ourselves.

Join us in this 5-day online retreat. Practice at home, but not alone, as we support each other in deepening our connection in the midst of it all.

Daily Schedule (Pacific Time)
Monday, April 27:
12:30-2:00 p.m.     Technology Check with Retreat Coordinators
2:00 p.m.       Formal Opening /  Welcoming Talk
3:30 p.m.        Break
3:40 p.m.        Sit
4:15 p.m.        Instructions for Walking / Walk
4:50 p.m.        Closing Talk and Dedication
5:15 p.m.         Ending

Tuesday, April 28  – Thursday, April 30:
10:00 a.m.      Morning Teaching / Sitting / Discussion
11:15 a.m.       Walking Meditation
11:45 a.m.       Community Sit with Practice Leader Or Practice Discussion Meetings (if assigned)
12:30 p.m.       Lunch Break
2:00 p.m.        Community Gathering
2:15 p.m.        Community Sitting with Practice Leader Or Practice Discussion Meetings (if assigned)
3:00 p.m.         Movement or Walking Meditation
3:30 p.m.         Break
3:35 p.m.         Community Sitting with Practice Leader
4:05 p.m.         Break
4:15 p.m.        Dharma Talk / Q and A / Closing Metta 
5:15 p.m.         Ending

Friday, May 1:
10:00 a.m.       Closing Session
11:30 a.m.        End of Retreat
Bolded sessions indicate all are encouraged to attend.

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.


  • James Baraz

    James Baraz

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  • Jill White Lindsay

    Jill White Lindsay

    Originally starting her career as a high school biology teacher, Jill shifted her presence from the classroom to the yoga studio. After a bout with cancer, Jill realized the yoga she’d been practicing could help with pain management, mood regulation, and overall strength and wellbeing. Yoga became an anchor in her life, and her passion for yoga blossomed as her drive to teach persisted. Jill’s focus in her classes is to cultivate a healing environment and empower students to become more connected with their bodies and minds from a kind, compassionate, and humorous perspective. After receiving her 200-hour training from the White Lotus foundation in Santa Barbara with Ganga White and Tracy Rich, Jill expanded her discipline to teach therapeutic yoga. Her teaching style is informed by Harvey Deutch and received both her 100 and 50 hour advanced training under his mentor ship and still works with him in his physical therapy clinic in San Francisco. Jill is currently enrolled in an 800 training to become a certified yoga therapist. Therapeutic yoga is a process of meeting the yogi where they are, of empowering individuals by helping increase self-awareness and learning how to work within one’s own strengths and limitations. The goals of this practice can include reducing or eliminating symptoms that cause suffering while improving foundation and function. But therapeutic yoga is not just for the ‘mature’ or injured, it is a practice every body can benefit from by going deep in a safe and healing way.

  • Sharda Rogell

    Sharda Rogell

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