August 2018

19Aug(Aug 19)3:00 PM28(Aug 28)11:30 AMConcentration Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (28) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong, Donald Rothberg, Susie Harrington, Beth Sternlieb (assistant), Amana Johnson (trainee) PrerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday, August 19, 3:00pm – Tuesday, August 28, 11:30am
Sliding Scale:
$2550 – $1160, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 384R18.

This retreat is already in progress.

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

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.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.


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.


  • 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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  • Donald Rothberg, PhD

    Donald Rothberg, PhD

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  • Phillip Moffitt

    Phillip Moffitt

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  • Sally Armstrong

    Sally Armstrong

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  • Susie Harrington

    Susie Harrington

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