August 2019

18Aug(Aug 18)3:00 PM27(Aug 27)11:30 AMConcentration Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (27) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Phillip Moffitt; Tempel Smith; Nikki Mirghafori; Beth Sternlieb; Amana Brembry Johnson (assistant) PrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday, August 18, 3:00pm – Tuesday, August 27, 11:30am; 9 nights
Sliding Scale: $2300-$1100 PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 278R19.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 7-night or three 5-night silent Insight meditation retreats.

This retreat is now in progress.


Retreat Description:
Concentration (samadhi), the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it.

This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. Teachers will also give instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

General Information

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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.

Teacher(s)

  • Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson teaches meditation and compassionate movement at community and retreat centers internationally. She is currently a participant in the Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training Program. Her home base of practice is the East Bay Meditation Center located in Oakland, California. Rooted in the ethics of social justice, she offers guidance designed to embrace a diverse range of access to practice, and has developed a form of contemplative movement that interweaves the wisdom of Dharma with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices. An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self love.

  • Beth Sternlieb

    Beth Sternlieb

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  • Nikki Mirghafori, PhD

    Nikki Mirghafori, PhD

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  • Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP

    Phillip Moffitt, MA, SEP

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  • Tempel Smith

    Tempel Smith

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