August 2022

14Aug(Aug 14)2:30 PM24(Aug 24)11:00 AMCultivating Concentration2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (24) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Phillip Moffitt; Sally Armstrong; Tempel Smith; Amana Brembry Johnson, Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, Kristina Baré (assistant) On-landPrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday to Wednesday, August 14-24, 2022 (10 nights). Code 380R22.
Sliding Scale: $500-$4800, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Lottery Applications Open: March 31, 2022 – April 21, 2022

This retreat is lottery-style in order to ensure that spaces are available for a diverse student body. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. Lottery applications accepted through the end of the day on April 21, 2022. First round notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes. You will be asked to complete your registration details and pay your fees within 48 hours of the offer.


Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 7-night silent residential insight meditation retreats (in-person retreat experience; online retreats are not eligible).

Concentration, (samādhi), 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 (vipassanā) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it.

This retreat will offer 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 jhanas. Teachers will also give instruction for utilizing concentration during Insight practice.

IMPORTANT – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats. Subject to change.

Financial Information:
Sliding Scale: $500-$4800; 10 nights including food and lodging.
Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports Spirit Rock, staff, and your fellow practitioners. Any amount offered above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to Spirit Rock, and your generosity will enable and support the participation of others. These fees do not include dana for the teachers.

Supporter (guaranteed single room) – $4800
Benefactor – $3800
Sustainer – $2900
Base – $1900
Reduced – $1200
Mudita/Karuna Scholarship (for anyone who needs financial assistance, including fixed income folks) – $500*
BIPOC Scholarship (for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of color) – $500*
Young Adult Scholarship (for young adults age 18-26 years) – $500*

*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.

Lottery Details:
Lottery applications are accepted between March 31, 2022 – April 21, 2022. Applications received after this date are automatically placed on the wait list (they will not be included in the first round of selections).

You will be notified about the lottery results within two weeks of the lottery close date. If you are notified that you have been granted a space, you will have two days to pay a deposit to accept/hold the space. If you don’t accept the space within two days, we will offer it to the next person in line.


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