June 2018

28Jun(Jun 28)3:00 PM04Jul(Jul 4)11:30 AMFEATURED EVENTOur History, Our Present, Our Future - An Insight Meditation Retreat for People of Color(June 28) 3:00 PM - (July 4) 11:30 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Larry Yang, Gina Sharpe, Bhante Buddharakkhita, Konda Mason, Rolf Gates (movement), Gulwinder Singh (trainee), Tere Abdala-Romano (trainee)

Event Details

This retreat is currently in progress.

If you were not able to attend the POC residential retreat, we recommend joining in the celebration by attending the concurrent POC Day Retreat on July 1, 2018. Click here to view the POC Day Retreat details.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 3:00pm – Wednesday, July 4, 11:30am
 Sliding Scale $330 Р$150, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 370R18.

Retreat Description:
In this special retreat, we both celebrate the 20th anniversary of the People of Color retreat at Spirit Rock, and re-affirm that the diversity within these retreats over the past 20 years embodies the Future of the Dharma. This retreat is open to all self-identified people of color at all levels of meditation experience.

As we have done for the past two decades, we engage in this silent, intensive meditation retreat, in order to see our experience more clearly and with greater insight. We also have the intention to open our hearts more widely to the full spectrum of this one and precious life. We will be practicing sitting and walking meditation as well as cultivating mindfulness in our daily activities. Our retreat will also include guided practice invitations, dharma talks, and movement practice.

On the afternoon of Sunday, July 1st, the retreatants will be invited to join the People of Color non-residential day program in the Community Meditation Center, to practice and celebrate 20 years of Spirit Rock’s dedication to multiculturalism which has provided the support for many diverse communities, including East Bay Meditation Center and diversity of the current Teacher Training. You are encouraged to invite your communities of color to participate in the POC day program and share in the profound space we collectively have created.

Dharma practice offers us a way to develop a deep and abiding freedom beyond external conditions and changing circumstances. All participants observe Noble Silence throughout the entire retreat. You will be asked to let go and refrain from all your communication and technology devices as well as to refrain from communicating with your fellow practitioners. In addition, participants will be required to attend the entire duration of the retreat; NO late arrivals, early departures or partial attendance.

In addition to the registration fees, which only cover a portion of the retreat costs, you are invited to support the teachings and the retreat through the spiritual practice of Generous Giving or “Dana.” Our communities’ practice of generous support has sustained this retreat for 20 years, and is so greatly appreciated by all of our communities. Participants will be invited to offer Dana donations for the teachers, managers and cooks on the last day of the retreat.


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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay 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.


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