September 2020

04Sep(Sep 4)3:00 PM07(Sep 7)11:30 AMAn Invitation to Mindfulness3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (7) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): JoAnna Hardy; Erin Treat; Anthony T Maes (qigong) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Friday, September 4, 3:00pm – Monday, September 7, 11:30am; 3 nights.
Sliding Scale: $1000-$450, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 380R20.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online. We have suspended taking registrations for now. Timing is TBD.


Retreat Description:
In this silent Insight Meditation retreat, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as a pathway to personal and collective liberation. The retreat will offer a nurturing container for practice that will include daily dharma talks and meditation instructions. The retreat schedule is designed to allow for putting down our typical distractions and busyness of the world through renunciation, deep silence, and stillness. As we care for our inner freedom, we can show up with greater wisdom to better serve our collective freedom.

This retreat will aid the beginning meditator in understanding the core mindfulness practices, as well as engage the more experienced meditator.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

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.

Teacher(s)

  • Anthony "T" Maes

    Anthony "T" Maes

    Anthony "T" Maes was born and raised in the East Bay. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 2003, including long retreats and practicing in a forest monastery in Thailand. He is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, where he teaches week-long teen meditation retreats and leads diversity trainings, multiracial liberation, and relational mindfulness. He has volunteered with Spirit Rock's Family Program since 2009 including New Years' teen retreats, family program day retreats, and the Abhayagiri monastery weekend teen retreat. "T" graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004, completed the yearlong Commit2Dharma program at EBMC in 2011, and the 2017 Facilitator-1 training with his mentor JoAnna Hardy and Vinny Ferraro. In 2018, he completed the 3-year Organic Intelligence practitioner training in post-traumatic nervous system resilience. View Anthony's profile.

  • Erin Treat

    Erin Treat

    View Erin's profile.

  • JoAnna Hardy

    JoAnna Hardy

    View JoAnna's upcoming programs or profile.

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