May 2022

27May01JunAwakening Joy and Wellbeing: Two Essential Qualities For Troubled TimesRetreat now in session(May 27) 2:30 PM - (June 1) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Debra Chamberlin-Taylor; James Baraz; Victoria Cary; Diana Winston; Evelyn Larsen (movement) Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Friday to Wednesday, May 27-June 1, 2022 (5 nights). Code 360R22.
Sliding Scale: $250-$2400, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 27, 2022.


The Buddha was known as “The Happy One.” However, the teachings often seem to emphasize working with suffering. Joy and happiness can seem frivolous even though joy is one of the Seven Factors of Awakening. In this retreat we will practice with an emphasis
on cultivating wholesome states to develop our natural capacity for well-being and happiness. Our own development of well-being and joy then becomes our gift to a troubled world.

The retreat includes silent sitting and walking periods with instructions in Mindfulness meditation, practice meetings with teachers, and some experiential exercises. This retreat is appropriate for both experienced and new students.

Practices will include:
Inclining the mind toward wholesome states;
The power of intention;
Mindfulness as appreciation practice (wonder and gratitude);
Transforming suffering through Compassion;
How letting go leads to true freedom;
Loving-kindness for self and others;
Mudita (sympathetic joy);
The joy of simply being.

Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we will also be returning to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($50/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, while we are not able to offer “no one turned away”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings.

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will return to double occupancy rooms. Most of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We will also return to offering 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. Single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; everyone has a chance of being assigned a single room.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

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


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