July 2023

05Jul(Jul 5)2:30 PM23(Jul 23)11:00 AMConcentration & AwarenessSpaces Still Available!2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (23) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Guy Armstrong; Sally Armstrong; Susie Harrington; Tuere Sala; Monica Antunes (assistant) On-landPrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday to Sunday, July 5-23, 2023 (18 nights). Code 264R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $990-$9360, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $9360
Benefactor – $7380
Sustainer – $5670
BASE – $3690
Reduced Rate – $2340
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $990

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on February 13, 2023.


Prerequisite: Completion of at least three 7-night silent residential (in-person) Insight Meditation retreats (online retreats are not eligible).

The first half of this retreat will focus on the development of concentration (samādhi), the collectedness of mind that gives mental strength and stability. Concentration comes from cultivating a relaxed attention and ease of mind. It can bring joy to our practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. For practitioners at all levels of experience, it is a key ingredient in the deepening of meditative insight.

The second half of the retreat will build on the foundation of concentration to explore the nature of awareness, or consciousness, which is the heart of sentient life. Awareness is always with us, revealing the phenomena of our experience, yet we may not have learned how to use it as a focus in meditation. As we deepen our connection to and understanding of this mysterious capacity for knowing, it becomes a powerful pathway to inner freedom and liberation.

Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we returned to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($55/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.

Hemera Fellowships – are you eligible? Learn more…

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting March 27, 2022, we returned to double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We have also returned to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate; these rates are 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.


On-land Programs and COVID Safety Protocols. Learn More