July 2018

01Jul10:00 AM5:00 PMArousing Joy, the Great Gateway to TranquilityA Day Retreat for People of Color10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Amana Brembry Johnson

Event Details

Sliding Scale: $40 – 100. Code AJ1D18.

Joy is the portal to tranquility. Tranquility is the foundation of stillness. When we align with joy, we open to the great, expansive web of infinite goodness, and it becomes possible to transition into undisturbed silence.

Through exploring the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will identify our unique barriers to joy, and learn to use them as portals to stillness. Our day together will include silent meditation, embodied movement, and group sharing.

Offered concurrently with the 20th Annual People of Color residential retreat, the afternoon will bring a merger of our practices in celebration of the heightened diversity reflective of the future of the Dharma.

Following lunch, Larry Yang, Gina Sharpe and the residential retreat practitioners will join us for a shared practice period and ritual.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $20.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.


Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.


  • Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson teaches meditation and compassionate movement at community and retreat centers internationally. She is currently a participant in the Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training Program. Her home base of practice is the East Bay Meditation Center located in Oakland, California. Rooted in the ethics of social justice, she offers guidance designed to embrace a diverse range of access to practice, and has developed a form of contemplative movement that interweaves the wisdom of Dharma with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices. An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self love.

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