June 2021

07Jun(Jun 7)12:00 AM12(Jun 12)12:00 AMAwakening Joy -- ONLINEOpening to Your Natural State of Well-Being12:00 AM - 12:00 AM (12) Online Teacher(s): James Baraz, Jane Baraz, MA, Debra Chamberlin-Taylor; Leslie Booker; Evelyn Larsen (movement) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Saturday, June 7 – 12, 2021 (6 days). A daily schedule will be posted closer to the retreat.
Sliding Scale: $245-$1800, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s). Code 268R21.

Please Note: This retreat is offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

Retreat Description:
“It is that gladness connected with the wholesome that I call an equipment of mind…for developing a mind that is without hostility and without ill will.” ~The Buddha

The Buddha was known as “The Happy One.” However, the teachings often seem to emphasize working with suffering. Joy and happiness can seem frivolous or unspiritual 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 and practice meetings with teachers, as well as some experiential exercises during the six days. This retreat is appropriate for both experienced as well as new/beginning students.

Practices will include:

  • Inclining the mind toward wholesome states;
  • The power of wholesome intention;
  • Mindfulness as appreciation practice (wonder and gratitude);
  • Embracing suffering as a path to joy;
  • How letting go leads to true freedom;
  • Integrity as a foundation for well-being;
  • Metta (loving-kindness) for self and others;
  • Mudita (sympathetic joy);
  • Compassion—the expression of a wise heart; and
  • The joy of simply being.

All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds as space allows. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org.


  • Debra Chamberlin-Taylor

    Debra Chamberlin-Taylor

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  • Evelyn Larsen

    Evelyn Larsen

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  • James Baraz

    James Baraz

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  • Jane Baraz, MA

    Jane Baraz, MA

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  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project for 10 years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker's Island from 2009-2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. View Booker's upcoming programs.

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