December 2022

03Dec(Dec 3)2:30 PM09(Dec 9)11:00 AMBefriending Mortality: Living An Awakened Life Through Mindfulness of Death (Maranasati)RETREAT NOW IN SESSION2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (9) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Nikki Mirghafori; Sayadaw U Jagara; Beth Sternlieb; Kodo Conlin (guest trainee) CommuterSold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Friday, December 3-9, 2022 (6 nights). Code 216R22.
Sliding Scale: $300-$2640, 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 August 4, 2022.


Open to: Everyone

Death is not exactly a typical dinner table topic in modern, dominant Western culture. We all “know” that we die, yet we tend to ignore it and put our collective heads in the sand. Rather than running away from our inevitable mortality, we can harness the power of this reflection to stay aligned with our deepest values and to live and love more fully. Through mindfulness of death (maranasati), we become more present for this miraculous, passing show called our life with gladness and gratitude.

Fully embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to a deep letting go and freedom, so that we can be fearlessly and peacefully prepared for our death as a potentially liberative moment. Considering the myriad spiritual benefits of maranasati, let us come together to explore this supreme practice, one which the Buddha invited us to reflect upon daily for the sake of ourselves and others.

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. Many 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. 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.


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