October 2023

23Oct(Oct 23)2:30 PM27(Oct 27)11:00 AMAligned, Available, Abiding: The Grounding Practice of the "Arriving Sequence"Registration opens June 12:30 PM - 11:00 AM (27) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Dana DePalma, MA MFT On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Friday, October 23-27, 2023 (4 nights). Code 293R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $220-$2080*
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $2080
Benefactor – $1640
Sustainer – $1260
BASE – $820
Reduced Rate – $520
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $220
*Fees DO NOT include a donation to the teacher(s).

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on June 1.


Open to: Experienced practitioners only

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one 6-night (7-day) silent residential Insight Meditation retreat and at least two years of Insight Meditation practice. Important note: only in-person retreat experience is eligible; online retreats are not eligible. Retreats do not have to be through Spirit Rock.

How do you cross the flood?
You cross calmly—one step at a time,
feeling for stones.
Matty Weingast, The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns

This retreat will be small and intimate, introducing and guiding you through a step-by-step practice called the Arriving Sequence. This practice includes arriving in the present moment, aligning with our deepest values and aspirations within the Dharma, and becoming ever more available to the felt sense in the present moment. This practical yet mysterious practice brings forth a way of being related to the present moment that provides inspiration, groundedness, and perspective, and empowers walking the Dharma path.

The primary teaching method will be multiple daily detailed guided meditations, supporting you to be with your direct experience as we go through the steps. If you’re new to this practice, please listen to a guided meditation before signing up for this retreat.

Scholarship offerings: All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($55/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, while we are not able to offer “pay what you can”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings as space allows.

Hemera Fellowships for Residential Retreats – are you eligible and a first-time retreatant? Learn more details…

Room Occupancy Update*: We have double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We offer a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. The remaining single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; however, they are initially prioritized for those with serious medical needs.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

IMPORTANT – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats.


On-land Programs and COVID Safety Protocols. Learn More